The Omnibot has been designed to
clean, sanitize, disinfect, coat and seal all types of Heating, Ventilation and
Air Conditioning (HVAC) ducts internally - from sizes of 15 x 12 inches to 48 x
48 in one single pass. Larger ducts can be handled by multiple passes and a
subset of the system may be used to clean, sanitize, disinfect, coat and seal
vertical shafts in multistory buildings and high rises. The system can handle
800 foot vertical ducts with access only to the bottom and top of the duct.
Most buildings - commercial, industrial and government - have substantial HVAC
duct leakage. To combat duct leakage, design engineers have an increased focus
on installation issues thus making it more challenging to design cost effective
and energy efficient HVAC systems. The company says the Omnibot provides a
powerful solution for nosocomial infection management in hospitals. It allows
for complete source removal with the ability to chemically treat the internal
duct surfaces for clean room or infection control purposes. These capabilities
let design engineers focus on optimal function and cost effective designs as
the number of constraints are drastically reduced. Although there are several HVAC robotic
manufacturers, the company says its designs are the only ones with fully
digital video, recording and controls. This allows system miniaturization and
one-hand operation so the operator may work efficient while staying OSHA
compliant. The patent pending even-application and self-centering capabilities
are other important differentiation factors that reduce chemical usage by 40 percent.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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