Fields of competence
ROBOTNOR represents a unique synergy of academic and industrial expertise which allows us to counsel and comprehend a wide variety of tasks and projects. Our fields of competence are numerous and diverse.
What does the inside of a pipe look like after 30 years of service? Expertise in advanced robot systems allow scientists at ROBOTNOR to construct a new type of robot for inspection of complex pipe systems.
Pipe systems vary from straight, horizontal stretches with constant diameter, to complex structures with corners, T-joints, vertical branching and varying diameter. Additionaly, obstacles such as valves and measurement instruments exists, as well as known irregularities as sediments and impurities.
ROBOTNOR is currently developing robotic solutions which can handle this complex environment. The motive is to give industries better knowledge of the condition of their pipe structures to be able to, simpler and at an earlier time, discover irregularities or possible causes of reduced throughput, process failure or at worst physical damage.
The current prototype has been named Piko, which is a robot with several identical joint modules equipped with motorized wheels.
In a few years, snake robots will assist in search and rescue missions after earthquakes and carry out maintenance operations inside process pipes. ROBOTNOR has conducted research on snake robots for several years and is getting closer to realizing the potential of these mechanisms.
The snake robot laboratory at ROBOTNOR got a significant upgrade in 2013. The lab now […]
To understand, simulate and design controllers for complex mechanical systems, it is necessary to have […]
It is not always possible to control inherently nonlinear systems by linear control methods throughout […]
When working with robotic systems, mechatronics is an important tool in your toolbox. If you […]
Researchers at ROBOTNOR have spent the last two years refining the design of our new […]
Reserach on snake robots at ROBOTNOR began with the development of Anna Konda. The robot […]
Wheeko is an experimental platform which we developed to study snake robot locomotion across flat […]
Kulko is an experimental platform for investigating snake robot locomotion in environments with obstacles. Locomotion […]
Aiko is one of our first snake robots and was developed in order to produce […]
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