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Areva - Remote Handling

OC Robotics worked closely with Salvarem and Areva NC to demonstrate the remote-handling capability of a snake-arm robot in a confined and hazardous environment.

The objective of this project was to demonstrate snake-arm robots in an unstructured, unknown environment performing visual inspection, remote handling, radiological inspection, sampling loose material, and recovery in the event of failure.

Two mock-up cells were built by Salvarem, which included a number of pipes and vessels for the snake-arm robot to avoid or enter. One mock-up was dedicated to performing tasks with the snake-arm deployed from a vertical configuration, whilst the second mock-up saw the snake-arm robot introduced from a horizontal configuration.

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