As environmental compliance standards for underground storage tanks become more stringent, this tethered robot will save time and labor. Deployed through a 4-inch fill pipe, 'Fury' inspects a buried tank's interior even as the tank remains in service. Magnetic wheels allow any orientation, while an ultrasonic transducer, embedded in a rolling carrier, measures wall thickness.
A 45W motor from MicroMo Electronics, Inc., Clearwater, FL, drives the robot's pivoting wheel. The company also provides two 9.5W motors with integral gearheads. These power the steering unit and transition mechanism, which lifts the pivoting wheel when moving between tank wall and end cap.
Maxon Motor, of Fall River, MA, supplies a 90W motor to drive the rear wheel and cleaning brushes.
John Iaconis, Redzone Robotics, Inc., 2425 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4639, 412-765-3064.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
A recent example of a major CAE revamp is MSC Apex, released last month by MSC Software Corp. In a discussion with Design News, MSC executives noted that its next-generation platform is designed to substantially reduce CAE modeling and process time, “in some cases from weeks down to hours.”
The Thames Deckway would run for eight miles close to the river’s edge, rising and falling slightly with the tidal cycle. It will generate its own energy from a series of devices that will line the pathway and use a combination of sources to make the path self-sustaining.
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