LaserSnake2 Press Release

LaserSnake2 - Combining robots and lasers to create safe, cost efficient tools for high hazard confined spaces

The LaserSnake2 project is an £7.7m collaborative R&D project led by OC Robotics that will run from 2013 to 2016. The Technology Strategy Board, together with the Department for Energy and Climate Change, and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, is providing a grant of around £5.8 million to the project consortium. The primary objectives are:

  1. The development of long reach snake-arm robots for hazardous and confined spaces, both in air and under water.
  2. The combination of snake-arms and mobile robots to create a mobile platform for exploration of complex spaces.
  3. The development of laser cutting optics for safe, remote cutting in air and in water, particularly focused on nuclear decommissioning.
  4. Consideration of the regulatory and certification issues associated with tele-operated delivery of laser cutting solutions for the nuclear sector.

The technology has huge potential outside of the nuclear sector - for instance, inspection and maintenance of high value assets in the oil & gas and construction sectors, and working within confined spaces such as aircraft wings for assembly and maintenance. For this reason the research will focus on the underlying technical challenges including software control, electronics, process development, and mechanism design. The project will conclude with onsite demonstrations.

The success of the project will be measured both in terms of progress made towards developing a tool kit for the nuclear sector, and also the exploration of non-nuclear markets.

The LaserSnake2 partners are:

OC Robotics provides expertise in snake-arm robots and has been working with customers across many sectors. TWI has a world class reputation for laser R&D. TWI will be working closely with LOE and ULO to develop laser optics specifically for decommissioning. NNL is an operator of nuclear facilities, and will also perform an R&D function in this project.

To discuss your application please use one of the contacts below:

Contact details:
OC Robotics: +44 117 3144700
TWI: +44 1223 899000
NNL: +44 1925 289800
ULO Optics: +44 1438 767500
LOE: +44 1332 814612

More information on the LaserSnake2 project can be found here.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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