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Video: Maintenance Robots Climb Wind Towers
7/27/2012

GE Global Research has been conducting tests with International Climbing Machines' tower-climbing robots, which use vacuum force to adhere to wind towers.   (Source: International Climbing Machines)
GE Global Research has been conducting tests with International Climbing Machines' tower-climbing robots, which use vacuum force to adhere to wind towers.
(Source: International Climbing Machines)

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Beth Stackpole
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Re: Not height adverse
Beth Stackpole   7/27/2012 3:24:34 PM
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I just was out running errands and saw a bucket truck of guys fixing a street lamp, but they were way up high and all I could think of was this robot. None of them looked happy to be up there and it was no where near as high as the wind towers. I'm sure they would have welcomed the sight of this robot.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   7/27/2012 12:55:33 PM
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Beth, when I pass by wind towers I've also wondered the same thing. They look difficult to access, and they are. This looks like a big improvement even over telescopes.

Beth Stackpole
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Beth Stackpole   7/27/2012 7:14:01 AM
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Wow, love that image of the robot scaling the huge tower. We have a few really large wind towers in the town where I live and I've often wondered who the heck was going to go up and service the blades if there was a problem. Not only are there height issues, but what about wind and weather? This is a great application for robotics. Very cool.

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