Ross Robotics is growing! And moving!
Robotics is one of the fastest growing technology sectors, and Ross Robotics is at the vanguard of that growth with our cutting edge modular robotics platform. Unlike other robotics platforms, the Robosynthesis platform allows our end-user customers to augment and extend the platform capabilities to suit their evolving and new mission needs – even those unknown at the outset – dramatically increasing utility and service life, and providing an extensible future-proofed platform that reduces the cost and maximises the returns on their investment in robotics. To meet demand, we’re growing our technical team and relocating to a new lab, so we’re on the lookout for new folks to join our team.
Great businesses are built upon the foundation of passionate individuals cooperating as a team on a shared mission towards a common purpose; if you share that belief and you’re into robotics at any level, check our jobs page and get in touch now.
The inspection of storage vessels in the oil and gas industry is a major challenge worldwide as the process is costly and dangerous. There can be as many as 14 vessels on an offshore platform without counting the vessels onshore. Each of these vessels is subject to degradation with time and must be regularly inspected. The conventional approach involves sending human operatives into these confined spaces.
As of end March 2018, Ross Robotics has completed an InnovateUK funded research programme in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), developing an autonomous robotic system which can deploy a range of sensors and operate inside storage vessels.
Because the robotic system is reconfigurable, it will be possible to make smaller and larger robots as required, depending on the vessel to be inspected. The aim is to replace human beings, to increase the frequency of inspections and to reduce the cost of inspections.
The NPL DIFCAM system, already successfully implemented in the Crossrail tunnels under London, has been adapted to a smaller, modular format for the robot platform. DIFCAM creates and compares imagery over time and can detect a range of defects and aid analysis. The combined system has been tested with success in a simplified benign environment as a precursor to real environment testing later in the year.
Robots Champion, the specialist website dedicated to robotic news and reviews, interviewed Ross Robotics founder Philip Norman. Read the article here
The Ross Robotics Scale 2.0 robot platform has been driven over the test lanes at the Culham RACE test facility near Oxford, UK. The test procedure characterizes reliability, speed over obstacles, trajectory control etc. using test lanes that have defined parameters.
Culham RACE is currently developing standardized testing procedures for robots, initially basing the methodology on the standardized test (NIST) procedures developed in the US. Ross Robotics is supporting this initiative and will be present at a Culham RACE Industry Day on November 8th.
Ross Robotics has been working with Chinese plastics manufacturer RPWORLD who have recently published a case study ‘From Concept to Reality’ documenting the development of the EXTRM SC2.0 robot platform.
Read Case Study here
Ross Robotics and National Physics Laboratory showcased the autonomous robot and inspection software side-by-side at NPL Headquarters in Teddington, ahead of plans to combine the two for commercial applications such as inspections in hazardous areas.
Read more about the collaboration between Ross Robotics and the National Physics Laboratory here.