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Monday, June 10, 2019

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Hokkaido, Japan-based ready-mix and precast producer Aizawa Concrete Corporation has recently announced a partnership with aerospace company Top Flight Technologies Inc. (Boston) in an effort to utilize its robotic technology for inspections needed to maintain various concrete roads, bridges and infrastructure.

As partners, the companies plan to improve and accelerate the operational efficiency in both the Line-of-Sight and Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight inspection of public works with the help of unmanned aerial vehicles more commonly known as drones.

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Hokkaido, Japan-based ready-mix and precast producer Aizawa Concrete Corporation has recently announced a partnership with aerospace company Top Flight Technologies Inc. (Boston) in an effort to utilize its robotic technology for inspections needed to maintain various concrete roads, bridges and infrastructure.

To achieve this goal, the companies plan to leverage both of Top Flight’s hybrid-electric powered Airborg UAV and 3D Real-time Simulation Environment & Fleet Management System for remote UAV inspections by engaging in new business opportunities based on commercial drones organized specifically for concrete-based inspections and various types of repair.

"In addition to solving the challenges of longer-duration flight for flying robots, Top Flight is developing the advanced sensors and technologies that will maximize the effectiveness of our aerial inspection needs, including quality analysis that will save our customers ongoing maintenance costs,” said Aizawa Concrete CEO Yoshihiro Aizawa.

Currently, Top Flight Airborg UAVs can manage to stay airborne for up to two hours and carry loads up to 25 pounds. However, the simulating system drones are primarily used for pilot training, building and testing autonomous missions. The system also provides a Remote Location Operation Console that enables multiple drones to be operated simultaneously.

“Aizawa’s partnership with Top Flight confirms that many industries can develop '3D mobility' new revenue-based quality services and improve operational efficiencies utilizing UAV technology,” said Long Phan, CEO, Top Flight Technologies.

Aizawa is also planning to improve its current operations by creating high-definition robotic drone products and services for inspection, inventory and maintenance of assets under contract.

“This is an excellent example of bringing two entities that have deep knowledge in our respective areas of expertise but will spur new ways of addressing these same needs around the globe,” said Phan.

According to the press release by Top Flight, the drones market is expected to make $22.1 billion by 2026.

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Business management; Business matters; Business operations; concrete; drone; Drones; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Infrastructure; Inspection equipment; Latin America; North America; Program/Project Management; Roads/Highways; Technology; Z-Continents

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