Robotic Cleaning and Painting – why using robots?
Robot System P on NRK National TV - dirty work and risk reduction in hydropower penstock cleaning in Norway.
Conventional industrial surface cleaning and painting in confined spaces is considered physically very demanding work and assosiated with high personnel risk. Custom built robotics is about to take over this kind of dirty work and reduce personnel exposure. In most cases there are additional advantages like increased tool-hours produced pr day as well as capability of applying multi- and larger tools.
Typically HSE challenges of conventional cleaning and painting processes are: extremely complicated rescue operation in case of severe injury incidents, cutting tool hazards, extremely high tool noise exposure at ear position, hazardous substance dust exposure, and mechanical vibration exposure with risk of neural damages like white fingers. By establishing robotic alternatives for this kind of health challenging work, and by aiming first on the most significant make-a-difference cases like confined spaces and large unobstructed surfaces for the highest robot competitiveness, these HSE challenges can be overcome. Surface Dynamics’ robots System P, T and TWR are valid examples.