Snake arm Robots

Robots for confined spaces

Petrobot project
Routine inspection of pressure vessels using Snake-arm Robots

Petrobot | Industrial applications | Applications & Solutions

Successful delivery of JetSnake to Bouygues Travaux Publics.

JetSnake | Construction | News:JetSnake

Oxford MRG
Mobile snake-arm robot delivered to Oxford MRG

News: Oxford MRG | LaserSnake2 | Oxford MRG

Case Studies


OC Robotics has worked with Bouygues Travaux Publics to develop, demonstrate and deliver a snake-arm robot for inspection and water-jet cleaning in an Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM).


With the problems of radiation dosage and confined spaces, the nuclear industry is a clear beneficiary of snake-arm technology


OC Robotics is working with aerospace partners to develop a comprehensive toolkit for low access aircraft assembly tasks


OC Robotics has worked with both the US Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defence on technologies that demonstrate the advantages of snake-arms in hazardous situations.



In 2011 OC Robotics led a collaborative project with TWI Ltd as part of a UK Technology Strategy Board competition for nuclear R&D feasibility studies. For this study a snake-arm robot was combined with a 5kW laser to enable a selective, remote-controlled approach to dismantling and decommissioning complex structures in hazardous and confined nuclear environments.


LaserSnake2 is a collaborative R&D project running from 2013 to 2016, aiming to combine robots and lasers to create safe, cost efficient tools for high-hazard confined spaces.

The project is led by OC Robotics, and includes as partners TWI, the National Nuclear Laboratory, ULO Optics and Laser Optical Engineering.

The project is part funded by the Technology Strategy Board, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority



Select arm dimensions and number of articulated links appropriate for the required performance

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Define tool appropriate for the required task. Cameras, lights, jetting nozzles, lasers, drills...

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Introduce the snake-arm by OC Robotics Rail&Rotate, mobile vehicle or 3rd party robot

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Actuator pack

Motors and power electronics can be kept accessible and outside the confined or hazardous space

The complete solution

User Interface

Each UI is carefully constructed to the specification and requirements of the client



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