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BIKE Platform

BIKE Platform

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.

Main features

  • ultra compact robotic platform
  • 2 integrated inspection/navigation cameras
  • lightweight and fully remote controlled
  • crossing convex and concave 90 degrees corners

Applications

The BIKE platform can be used for all visual inspections on ferromagnetic steel structures.

  • oil rigs
  • pipelines
  • ship hulls
  • steel factories
  • steel bridges

Contact us to find out more about the BIKE Platform or any of our other robotic crawlers and tractors, or click to view our full pipe inspection camera range.

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Specification
BIKE PLATFORM
Dimensions
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
Protection class IP65
Motor controller
inspection robotics motor controller with integrated
Active Slippage Control (ASC)
Communication Gigabit Ethernet
Cable length 30m (100ft) standard, longer on request
Supply Station
Control Built-in touchscreen and industrial Joystick
Power Supply 100-240 V AC 50/60Hz, max 200W
Dimensions
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
Optional
Pan-Tilt Camera for 360° views
manway camera to be positioned at the entryway, navigation aid

 

 

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