The robotics industry is full of futuristic-minded people who realize the benefits of using technology to do jobs that are tedious, dangerous, or otherwise difficult for people. Helical Robotics has coupled the technology of robotics with another forward-thinking industry, wind power, to come up with a new tool in the maintaining of alternative energy solutions.
Robots ready for outside, up-tower work
by Paul Dvorak
Access to a wind tower has traditionally required the use of cranes, bucket trucks, or rappelling teams. Engineers at Wisconsin-based Helical Robotics have designed another way and one, they say, streamlines the work. It uses remote-controlled, robotic devices that can scale a wind tower. These robotic platforms can be fitted with a wide range of devices from cameras and non-destructive testing equipment, to robotic arms and lifts.
By using a service robot, the wind power industry can not only save money on expensive maintenance equipment and procedures, but they can also eliminate some of the need to for people to complete tasks at dangerous heights. Click here to read the full article on Helical’s new robot on Windpower Engineering & Development. What other applications can you see for a vertically-gliding robot? Go to Helical Robotics’ website for more information, including the video below.