Remotely operated wind blade inspection system

In booth space shared with Howard Grote & Sons, Helical Robotics LLC demonstrated for WINDPOWER 2012 attendees its HR-1000LL portable climbing robot, which can provide remotely operated blade inspection.

In booth space shared with Howard Grote & Sons, Helical Robotics LLC (Oregon, Wis.) demonstrated for WINDPOWER 2012 attendees its HR-1000LL portable climbing robot, which can provide remotely operated blade inspection. The system can be coupled with nondestructive testing (NDT) equipment, such as ultrasonic arrays. The robot's magnetic adhesion system maintains accurate control on the tower without touching its surface. The robot self-aligns to the work surface by adjusting the distance from 0.030 inch to 0.25 inch (0.76 mm to 6.35 mm). The robot’s Mecanum wheel drive system — developed by Mecanum Innovation AB (Umeå, Sweden) — is capable of moving in any direction, offering flexible maneuverability. The robot’s nominal size is 57 inches long by 22 inches wide by 20 inches high (1,448 mm by 559 mm by 508 mm), with mass that varies from 90 lb to 145 lb (41 kg to 66 kg), depending on optional equipment configurations. (Multiple chassis sizes and capacities can be engineered to customer specifications.) The robot breaks down for transport into individual detachable segments that each weigh less than 50 lb/23 kg. A water-resistant aluminum casing allows operation in adverse weather. Its payload capacity ranges up to 100 lb/45 kg.  

Editor Pick

CAMX 2017 show preview

At North America’s premier composites conference and exhibition, the business at hand is definitely not business as usual.