Tuesday, May 24, 2011
OC Robotics has been awarded an Exceptional Research Project R&D grant from the South West Regional Development Agency to develop a revolutionary surgical Snake-Arm for the emerging field of Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES). NOTES is a relatively new surgical technique, utilising natural orifices to provide access for surgical procedures, thereby eliminating external scarring and reducing recovery time.
Friday, May 6, 2011
OC Robotics and TWI Ltd (Cambridge) have received funding from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to jointly produce a feasibility study on incorporating a high power laser into a snake-arm robot. This new project, known as LaserSnake, will be the first of its kind and will demonstrate the application of snake-arm robotics combined with specialist end effectors.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
On 14th October 2010, OC Robotics was presented with the prize for Small Company of the Year at the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEA). The awards are designed to celebrate the best in British engineering design and innovation, intending to "demonstrate to all UK engineering companies that it is possible to succeed; that they can work to a high level and, at that high level, compete globally."
Friday, August 15, 2008
OC Robotics has developed a snake-arm robot that is only 1/2" (12.5mm) in diameter. The arm is the smallest snake-arm robot to date and uncoils out of a briefcase-sized box where it is stowed. The arm is 24" (610mm) in length, with longer arms under development, and was designed for the US Department of Defense who needed a way of inspecting and working inside confined or cluttered spaces - a capability not previously available.
Friday, September 14, 2007
His Royal Highness The Duke of York visited OC Robotics on 10th September 2007 in his capacity as UK's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment. His visit to OC Robotics, manufacturer of snake-arm robots for aerospace, nuclear and security applications, formed part of a tour of several aerospace companies in the South West of England.
Monday, November 6, 2006
Working with Airbus UK, OC Robotics has achieved the first major milestone for a snake-arm robot designed for assembly and inspection tasks within aircraft wings - an area previously inaccessible to automation. a snake-arm robot for low access assembly tasks. OC Robotics has completed build and initial testing of a demonstration snake-arm robot capable of sealing, swaging and inspection inside a mock-up of a rib bay. The robot is due to begin an intensive programme of trials in the near future.
Monday, September 4, 2006
OC Robotics has been granted an award for an Industrial CASE Studentship to research intelligent skins for snake-arm robots.