MAINBOT

Mobile robots for inspection and maintenance activities in extensive industrial plants

 Coordinatore FUNDACION TEKNIKER 

 Organization address address: CALLE INAKI GOENAGA 5
city: EIBAR GUIPUZCOA
postcode: 20600

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Iñaki
Cognome: Maurtua
Email: send email
Telefono: 34943206744
Fax: 34943202757

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Spain [ES]
 Totale costo 3˙793˙593 €
 EC contributo 2˙499˙851 €
 Programma FP7-NMP
Specific Programme "Cooperation": Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies
 Code Call FP7-2011-NMP-ICT-FoF
 Funding Scheme CP-FP
 Anno di inizio 2011
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2011-11-01   -   2014-10-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    FUNDACION TEKNIKER

 Organization address address: CALLE INAKI GOENAGA 5
city: EIBAR GUIPUZCOA
postcode: 20600

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Iñaki
Cognome: Maurtua
Email: send email
Telefono: 34943206744
Fax: 34943202757

ES (EIBAR GUIPUZCOA) coordinator 795˙420.00
2    FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V

 Organization address address: Hansastrasse 27C
city: MUENCHEN
postcode: 80686

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Steiert
Cognome: Maximillian
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 89 12052721

DE (MUENCHEN) participant 537˙829.00
3    ROBOSOFT SA

 Organization address address: TECHNOPOLE D'IZARBEL
city: BIDART
postcode: 64210

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Vincent
Cognome: Dupourqué
Email: send email
Telefono: 33559415360

FR (BIDART) participant 534˙575.00
4    TECNATOM S.A.

 Organization address address: Avenida Montes de Oca 1
city: SAN SEBASTIAN DE LOS REYES - MADRID
postcode: 28703

contact info
Titolo: Mrs.
Nome: Carmen
Cognome: Perez
Email: send email
Telefono: 34916598659
Fax: 34916598677

ES (SAN SEBASTIAN DE LOS REYES - MADRID) participant 366˙066.00
5    TORRESOL ENERGY O&M SL

 Organization address address: CRTA A 389 S/N
city: SAN JOSE DEL VALLE
postcode: 11580

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Sonia
Cognome: De La Vega
Email: send email
Telefono: 34918077004

ES (SAN JOSE DEL VALLE) participant 183˙879.62
6    TORRESOL ENERGY INVESTMENTS SA

 Organization address address: Avenida Zugazarte 61
city: GETXO
postcode: 48930

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Juan Ignacio
Cognome: Burgaleta Ordoñez
Email: send email
Telefono: 34944817670

ES (GETXO) participant 82˙081.37

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safety    robots    horizontally    mainbot    efficient    multiple    robotic    solar    ground    operation    autonomously    leakage    mirrors    maintenance    platforms    vertically    settings    wheeled    routine    sensing    industries    environments    plants    extensive    inspection    plant    navigation    mobile    manipulation    investment    detection    capital    climbing    robot    facilities    prototypes    sensor    technologies    mock    thermal    autonomous    solutions    intensive    huge       industrial   

 Obiettivo del progetto (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'

Introduzione (Teaser)

Routine inspection and maintenance can be anything but routine in large industrial settings. An EU initiative has developed autonomous robotic technology to protect capital investment and promote human safety.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

Efficient and effective maintenance is important in all industrial settings. In environments with intensive capital investment and in which operator or inspector safety is an issue, maintenance solutions are even more imperative.

The EU-funded http://www.mainbot.eu/ (MAINBOT) (Mobile robots for inspection and maintenance activities in extensive industrial plants) project adapted wheeled mobile platforms and climbing robots to autonomously inspect equipment in very large production plants through the integration of multiple robotic sensing technologies. To achieve this, MAINBOT developed ground and climbing robot prototypes to check equipment positioned either horizontally or vertically.

Partners defined six operations for which solutions were developed. These consist of detection or measurement of mirror reflectivity, heat transfer fluid leakage, coating degradation, broken mirrors, vacuum loss in collector pipes, and corrosion and cracks. They derived the requirements of the robotic platforms in terms of safety and reliability.

MAINBOT developed simulation environments and two physical mock-ups for testing. The ground mock-up assessed the performance of the navigation and manipulation algorithms while the vertical mock-up evaluated the climbing and sensor positioning methods with the climbing robot. In addition, the robotic platforms were adapted based on the required specifications. Several inspection technologies were also advanced.

The final robot prototypes were successfully validated in two thermal solar plants.

Thanks to MAINBOT, industries that require major capital investment can better address the particular maintenance problems of their large installations. The European industrial sector stands to benefit from more efficient production plants.

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