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.
HP revealed more of its 3D printing plans in a recent webinar. Senior vice president of inkjet and graphics solution business Stephen Nigro spoke about how the technology works and expanded on HP's vision of open collaboration to commercialize its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for end-production, and open collaboration on new materials. He also said HP will create software to help users decide when to use Multi Jet Fusion versus conventional subtractive manufacturing.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
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