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Mobile robots for inspection and maintenance activities in extensive industrial plants

Objective

Efficient and effective maintenance is crucial for all kind of industries. In the case of capital intensive investment industries it is even more relevant and has an important impact in the operation costs during the long life cycle of their production means.

Besides the traditional maintenance problems of any industrial installation, this kind of facilities presents other additional challenging characteristics:
-Extensive production facilities
-Huge number of control points
-Multiple inspection technologies to be used
-Hazardous working conditions

MAINBOT proposes using service robots to autonomously execute inspection tasks in extensive industrial plants in equipment that is arranged horizontally (using ground robots) or vertically (climbing robots).

The industrial objectives are:
-Ubiquitous sensing
-Leakage detection
-Surface and internal monitoring of equipment

Our approach is not to develop robots from scratch but to take available wheeled mobile platforms and climbing robots that have already been tested in other related scenarios as starting point, and adapt them deploying innovative solutions in order to fulfill these industrial objectives:
-Autonomous navigation: Robots (ground and climbing) must be able to autonomously navigate in a rather structured environment in a safe way.
-Mobile manipulation of tools and sensing equipment for maintenance and inspection.
-Sensor fusion: to exploit the information provided by multiple sensing technologies deployed in the robot.

These industrial objectives will be instantiated in a real industrial scenario, a thermal solar plant that depicts common problems of this kind of plants: 230 hectares, 209.664 mirrors, 90 km of absorber tubes, huge tanks (Diam. 38 m, height 14m), harzardous working conditions.
The operation of semi-autonomous or fully autonomous mobile robots will increase the efficiency of the plant, reduce the operation and maintenance costs and improve safety and working conditions of workers

Call for proposal

FP7-2011-NMP-ICT-FoF
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Address
Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 795 420
Administrative Contact
Iñaki Maurtua (Mr.)

Participants (5)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 537 829
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Steiert Maximillian (Mr.)
ROBOSOFT Services Robots
France
EU contribution
€ 534 575
Address
45 Allée Théodore Monod - Technopole Izarbel
64210 Bidart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vincent Dupourqué (Dr.)
TECNATOM S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 366 066
Address
Avenida Montes De Oca 1
28703 San Sebastian De Los Reyes - Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carmen Perez (Mrs.)
TORRESOL ENERGY INVESTMENTS SA

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 82 081,37
Address
Avenida Zugazarte 61
48930 Getxo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan Ignacio Burgaleta Ordoñez (Mr.)
TORRESOL ENERGY O&M SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 183 879,63
Address
Crta A 389 S/n
11580 San Jose Del Valle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sonia De La Vega (Ms.)