OC Robotics has delivered a snake-arm robot called JetSnake to Bouygues Travaux Publics to improve inspection and maintenance of tunnel boring machines.
The arm is designed to work in hyperbaric conditions, elevated temperatures and 100% humidity. The arm is equipped with a high pressure water jet for cleaning and a camera and lights for real time process monitoring and inspection. The system is remotely controlled.
Successful initial trials were conducted in the tunnel boring machine (TBM) used to to bore the tunnel beneath the Port of Miami. This work was conducted in 2012/2013 and is expected to lead to further orders to increase the safety and productivity of deep tunnelling.
Andrew Graham, Technical Director of OC Robotics, commented "The team did a fantastic job, successfully demonstration OC Robotics' largest snake-arm robot to date in a very challenging working environment. Protecting against crushed rock, sand, salt water and other aggressive contaminants in a high pressure chamber presented some novel challenges".
Bruno Combe, Bouygues Travaux Publics, said "OC Robotics has provided a solution to a challenging problem for the industry. We look forward to working with them on future commercial projects".
Monday, August 11, 2014