The ANYmal walking robot has been around for a few years and even has a number of wheels last year. Switzerland’s ANYbotics has now announced a new fully automated quadruple robot with test analysis software for full end-to-end inspection of industrial and energy treatment plants.
The ANYmal D is tasked with walking around a facility and checking if the equipment is working properly, capable of keeping inspectors from working in dangerous environments or difficult nooks and crannies. approach.
In the event that tracked or wheeled bots can find tight spaces and steep stairs often found in such places a challenge, walking robots can take them stride, simultaneously solving Decide rough terrain and avoid obstacles.
It can also step through gaps in the floor, cross steep slopes, and move in all directions. And if it fails, a self-regulating mechanism comes into play. All-weather operation is served by IP67 rated dust and water ingress protection.
The combination of depth cameras, LiDAR 360 degrees and wide-angle color cameras allow the ANYmal D to circle itself around a building or factory without the need for an operator and manufacturers say it just needs to go through the route. Its scheduled check once, then it should be able to repeat the route as often as required while stopping to check the machinery along the way.
The robot has a swivel tilt tester on its back with sensors to measure image, heat and sound. The 4K camera module has a 20x optical zoom that allows the robot to capture visual inspection without getting up close, thermal cameras with a temperature range of -20 to 500 ° C (-4 to 932 ° F), unidirectional microphone that can record acoustical measurements in the audio and ultrasonic frequency ranges, and has a built-in computer for continuous operation even when network connection is poor discontinuity. And if the robot tester needs to venture into the dark corners of the facility, there’s a 3,500 lumens LED spotlight to light things up.
If a problem is detected in its loops, the walking robot sends an alert to the control room over Wi-Fi or optionally via a 4G / LTE module for the human technician to follow.
The ANYmal D is designed to operate day and night and has a run time of 90 minutes per charge. Once its on-board battery begins to drain, the robot can return to a strategically placed docking station in the facility to recharge.
ANYbotics says it will remove some of the stress during the installation process by working closely with the client to identify tasks that can be performed by bots, create test simulations, participate in demonstrations. demonstration in place and use a pilot test. The company will also provide training and assistance to facility staff.
For participating customers, the first installations are expected to enter service by the end of this year. The video below shows what kind of things the new bots expect to do.
ANYbotics introduces an end-to-end robot testing solution