Mobile inspection and maintenance robotics is a fast growing industrial market. One of the main advantages of mobile robots is that they can reach locations inaccessible by humans because of size constraints, temperature, immersion in liquids or safety reasons. Certified and experienced engineers today enter and “look” at the predefined locations to take pictures for reporting. Beside very expensive organizational issues such as watchmen and ventilation this procedure is very dangerous for the experts.
In this framework, the BIKE inspection robot has been developed. The BIKE platform is a magnetic wheeled robot capable of inspecting power plant facilities and multiple applications in the oil&gas industry, such as vessel or pipe inspection.
Ability to climb vertical walls, inside and outside pipe structures and pass over complex combinations of convex and concave step obstacles.
Lightweight & Compact
With a total weight of less than 10 kg it can be deployed through a 12” (300mm) man-way. Operation on outside pipe starts at 15″ pipes (400mm).
Modular & Versatile
Can be equipped with inspection technology such as pan-tilt cameras or NDT sensors, allowing the operator to use the equipment he already has.
The BIKE platform is an advanced robotic inspection & maintenance platform for hard-to-reach areas. Depending on the task it can be equipped with different modules to perform an inspection from a safe & remote location.
Remote Ultrasonic Thickness gaugeDual crystal probe for accurate thickness measurement, actuated remotely by couplant pressure
UT spot checks in confined spaces or on elevated structures
Advanced Inspection CameraThe Full HD Inspection camera comes with tilt and 10x optical zoom. It can be mounted in several positions and is fully integrated in the Control Software
HD Remote Visual Inspection
Full 3D spatial awareness of the robot in the asset and a 3D interactive robot control.
Inspection data gets automatically geo-tagged to its position in a digital twin.
Digital Camera Carrier
Remote Visual InspectionAttachments for borescopes and cameras of most brands - Boroscopes / Mentor Visual iQ / Inuktun Spectrum 45 / Wöhler VIS 700
Detailed close-up inspection and measurements
Remote manipulationThis development enables the inspector to remotely deploy additional tools. Tools could be LED light to create shadow effects or additional sensors for inspection
Rubber coated wheels can be combined with additional field magnets to drive on coated surfaces (up to 3mm)
Inspection of coated assets without damaging surface
From confined space inspection to working at height, the BIKE can be used to solve various inspection tasks. Here is a brief introduction about most common customer use cases.
The BIKE in the hands of our customers. Read through the stories and watch the videos.
Robotics across borders
PEC in confined space
Improving safety with technology
Very confined space
Specs & Resources
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