silver Award winner
December 2010: Inspection Robotics takes the silver at international innovation award
The miniature marvels produced by Alstom Inspection Robotics Ltd, a joint venture company of Alstom and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, ETHZ, were just piped at post in the Invention & Entrepreneurship (IERA) Award, held in Munich last month and sponsored by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS).
Alstom Inspection Robotics specializes in creating small devices that inspect the inaccessible nooks and crannies of the smallest tubes and cavities of power plants. The company has brought several mobile robots and tools into industrial application within Alstom, all of which have cut inspection times considerably.
For example, a new robot designed to look at steam turbine rotor discs has cut inspection times for each disc from four hours to 30 minutes. Another robot has allowed the replacement time for the steam drum of a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) to be reduced from 60 to 30 days.