This project aims to design an energy efficient robot system, capable of autonomous inspection of the low-pressure gas distribution network. Also sensors for inspection and navigation inside the pipe are being developed.

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Robotics and Mechatronics

The robot is under development at the laboratory for Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Twente where research and development in service robotics is carried out in the LEO centre for service robotics. The lab is part of the CTIT institute.

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The project is carried out at the LEO centre for service robotics. A consortium consisting of KIWA and Duch network operators (Cogas, Enexis, Liander and Endinet) has teamed up to facilitate the development. Industrialisation of the robot will be done by ALSTOM Inspection Robotics

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PIRATE at ‘Night of the Nerds 2015’

Night of the Nerds 2015 was organized in ‘het Klokgebouw’, Eindhoven, visited by > 3500 high-school students. PIRATE was on show there: interesting fact, all students recognized the manufacturing methodology (3D print) 🙂

Robot on show at WGC’15

The current incarnation of our inspection robot will be shown at the World Gas Conference in Paris, June 1-5, 2015. Kees Pulles of KIWA will show and demonstrate the robot.