This solution was developed in close cooperation with a customer. They process countless individual pipes off-shore into one long pipeline that is then sunk onto the seabed. Before the pipes can be welded together in the so-called prep area on a ship, the end caps must be removed. At an earlier stage, after applying the coating in a factory, these caps are attached to protect the coating against moisture and dust.
Autonomous system, no need for settings or adjustments by personnel
Simple to operate, no robotics expertise required!
How it Works
Together we quickly came up with a concept of a robotic arm with a sort of claw attached to it to grip the caps and remove them. According to good custom in our industry, this earned the robot a fitting nickname, the Predator. Using multiple sensors, the Predator searches for the pipe and detects whether or not there is a cap on it, after which the cap is removed and set aside.
The Full Scope:
Industrial robotic system
Secured work environment