Mobile inspection and maintenance robotics is a fast growing industrial market. One of the main advantages of mobile robots is that they can reach locations inaccessible by humans because of size constraints, temperature, immersion in liquids or safety reasons.
Certified and experienced engineers today enter and “look” at the predefined locations to take pictures for reporting. Beside very expensive organizational issues such as watchmen and ventilation this procedure is very dangerous for the experts.
In this framework, the BIKE inspection robot has been developed. The BIKE platform is a magnetic wheeled robot capable of inspecting power plant facilities and multiple applications in the oil&gas industry, such as vessel or pipe inspection.
At a glance
• The BIKE platform is a lightweight (10kg) ultramobile robotic platform.
• Capable of passing convex and concave corners of up to 90 degrees (steps, obstacles, flanges)
• Fully remote controlled and equipped with navigation aids (front & rear view cameras and 3D pose view.
• Payload of 5kg can be equipped with NDT sensors (Ultrasonic / Phased Array, Eddy Current) and/or Pan-Tilt inspection camera
How it works
To climb obstacles (e.g. stairs) Inspection Robotics introduced the innovative locomotion concept with climbing and obstacle passing capabilities. It consists of four magnetic wheels aligned in 2 rows which allows the robot to pass convex and concave 90 degree corners.
- ultra compact robotic platform
- 2 integrated inspection/navigation cameras
- lightweight and fully remote controlled
- crossing convex and concave 90 degrees corners
The BIKE platform can be used for all visual inspections on ferromagnetic steel structures.
- oil rigs
- ship hulls
- steel factories
- steel bridges
Length 264 mm (10.4”) x Width 190 mm (7.5”) x
Height 217 mm (8.5”)
|Weight (without cables)||10 kg (22lb)|
|Payload||5 kg (11 lb)|
|Speed||fully adjustable, max. 60 mm/s (2.3”/s)|
|Drive units||4 integrated drives|
|Power Supply||48V via umbilical cable from external supply station|
inspection robotics motor controller with integrated
Active Slippage Control (ASC)
|Cable length||30m (100ft) standard, longer on request|
|Control||Built-in touchscreen and industrial Joystick|
|Power Supply||100-240 V AC 50/60Hz, max 200W|
Length 340 mm (13.4”) x Width 350 mm (13.8”) x
Height 130 mm (5.1”)
|Weight||14kg (31lb) without cabeling|
|Content Basic Set|
|BIKE robot in a rugged transport box||comes with full software package, two built-in navigation cameras and umbilical|
|Supply Station – built in a rugged hard shell box||all power & communications cable included, software pre-installed|
|30m cable from supply station to robot||longer cables available on request|
|Pan-Tilt Camera||for 360° views|
|manway camera||to be positioned at the entryway, navigation aid|