Excerpt from safetowork.com.au
South32 has introduced a robot, known as the Bike platform, at its Worsley Alumina operation in Western Australia.
The Bike platform has played a part in making sure workers go home well and safe at the end of the day by preventing higher risk tasks that were traditionally done by people working in confined spaces and at heights. As of November 2018, a total 105 confined space entries and 190 working at height activities, including scaffolding and from ropes, have been prevented by the introduction of remote visual inspection (RVI) technology.
The Bike platform was developed by General Electric (GE) as a mobile inspection robot. One of its standout attributes is the ability to reach locations with poor human access due to size constraints, temperature, immersion in liquids or other safety reasons.
The technology also has the ability to climb complex structures, passing convex and concave obstacles and performing testing tasks through a 300-millimetre man-way. It is equipped with two integrated navigation cameras that can take pictures for reporting.