advanced inspection
robot for remote

BIKE

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.

High mobility

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.

Modules

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.

UT module

Remote Ultrasonic Thickness gauge

Dual crystal probe for accurate thickness measurement, actuated remotely by couplant pressure

UT spot checks in confined spaces or on elevated structures

TZ1 HD

Advanced Inspection Camera

The 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

3D LOC

Localization and Mapping of inspection data

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 Inspection

Attachments for borescopes and cameras of most brands - Boroscopes / Mentor Visual iQ / Inuktun Spectrum 45 / Wöhler VIS 700

Detailed close-up inspection and measurements

Remote arm

Remote manipulation

This development enables the inspector to remotely deploy additional tools. Tools could be LED light to create shadow effects or additional sensors for inspection

Deploy more

in development

Coating Option​

Inspection on delicate or coated surfaces

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

Use cases

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.

Confined Space

Remote detailed inspection in confined spaces through manways or nozzles with a minimum diameter of 300mm / 12"

Elevated pipes

Close-up inspection and measurements for pipes at elevation. UT spot readings at bends, reducers and around welds

Corrosion Mapping

Use 3D structure light technology as digital pit gage to accurately map and size surface pitting. Thousands of data points are measured and evaluated automatically.

Customer stories

The BIKE in the hands of our customers. Read through the stories and watch the videos.

Robotics across borders

A multinational team is deploying the BIKE at a Gassco site in Northern Germany.

PEC in confined space

Dow Chemical and TEAM are working together to solve two of the main challenges in the industry. Corrosion under insulation in confined spaces.

Improving safety with technology

The Worsley Alumina operation in Western Australia is utilizing the BIKE to enhance safety measures and improve performance.

Spark testing

The teams of GE and BASF performed robotic spark testing (holiday detector) inside a rubber coated vessel to test for flaws in the coating.

Very confined space

GE Hydro inspected the inside of a Francis turbine in the Swiss alps. Even for the BIKE the dimensions are borderline.

Corrosion Mapping

Use 3D structure light technology as digital pit gage to accurately map and size surface pitting. Thousands of data points are measured and evaluated automatically.

Specs & Resources​

For further reading and sharing.

BIKE brochure

Download the print version of the BIKE brochure for further reading.

Training documentation

Get additional information and technical specs of the individual components.

Presentation

Download a marketing presentation with video links to share with your peers and clients.

Related Products, Services & News

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Full HD Camera module with 10x optical Zoom.

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Powerful LED light output with 2x Spot and 2x Flood light options.

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Parallel laser dots for size estimations in remote locations.

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3D LOC module for localization and geo-tagging in confined spaces

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Simply plugs into the BIKE auxiliary port with onboard electronics, no additional cables needed.

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Quick position adjustment. Simply slides the camera to front position to look vertically downwards or to back position to enable floor to wall transitions.

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