PaintSquare.com
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site

 

Advertisement

Montipower, Inc.


Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


ICM Designing Robot to Clean Navy Subs

Monday, July 22, 2013

More items for Surface Preparation

Comment | More

A robot is being developed to tackle the challenging task of cleaning or removing coatings from the inside of bilge tanks on United States Navy submarines.

International Climbing Machines' (ICM) Climbing Robot will be made to "climb, clean and capture" coating debris and rust from the inside of U.S. Navy submarines. The debris will be vacuumed up by the robot and transported to waste collection vessels, so no human exposure to the work environment or toxic materials will be necessary.

International Climbing Machines
Photos: ICM

ICM is working on creating a robot to climb and clean inside U.S. Navy submarines. "This is the first device of this type in the world," ICM's president said.

Located in Ithaca, NY, ICM was started in 2001 as a focused research and development effort to create small, remote-controlled devices that could climb vertical surfaces, particularly surfaces with boltheads, weld seams and other obstructions.

'Exciting' Project

According to ICM, the company plans to integrate LASERs or other technology into one of its patented Climbing Robots. The company's primary work will be to make a Climber that is considerably smaller than its current size.

"This is a very exciting project for ICM," said Sam Maggio, president of ICM. "We have been tasked with integrating many different types of tools and inspection heads on our Climbers up to this point, but this is the first time we will be attaching a LASER."

The Climber can not only climb on concrete, but also on ferrous and non-ferrous metals, brick, wood or almost any hard surface, Maggio explained. It can climb over surface obstacles or irregularities such as bolts, nuts and plates.

"This is the first device of this type in the world," Maggio added.

First Wind, Now Water

Last year, ICM teamed up with General Electric (GE) to use its climbing robot to inspect wind turbine blades. ICM developed a remote-controlled wall climbing robot and strapped a wireless high-definition camera to it.

Robot climber ICM

Last year, ICM worked with GE to develop a robot climber to inspect 300-foot-tall wind turbines.

The robot could scale vertical, 300-foot-tall steel turbine poles within a matter of minutes, photograph the turbine blades, and send the results back, according to the company.

To avoid falling off the turbine, a vacuum pump at the center of the robot sucked out the air between it and the substrate, creating a vacuum force strong enough to pull up to 225 pounds straight up a wall.

For more information: www.icm.cc.

   

Tagged categories: Inspection; Metals; Shipyards; Steel; Surface preparation; U.S. Navy; Wind Towers

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
CHLOR*RID International Inc.
 
SOLUTIONS THAT WORK
 
Companies that invest in corrosion control use CHLOR RID products
  • Soluble salt removal liquid
  • Test kits to verify contamination levels
  • Surface passivation to hold the blast
INFO@CHLOR-RID.COM 800.422.3217
 

 
Graco Inc.
 
Graco EcoQuip 2: Experience the Difference
 
While others claim their equipment is the same, none of them compare to Graco’s EcoQuip 2™ Vapor Abrasive® blasting line. Visit graco.com/ecoquip to learn more.
 

 
Industrial Vacuum Equipment Corp.
 
Hurricane Vacuums
& Dust Collectors
 
Vacuum and dust collector hose, filters and related accessories.
IndustrialVacuum.com
 

 
SABRE Autonomous Solutions
 
Safety
 
Removing blasting operators from harmful environments is our key objective.
 

 
NLB Corporation
 
NLB Sure Shroud: Greater Protection and Flexibility
 
NLB’s Sure Shroud’s lighter weight and flexibility reduces operator fatigue and offers unmatched protection against high pressure hose ruptures. 10k to 40k psi rated.
 

 
Novatek Corporation
 
Dustless Coatings Removal
 
Novatek Corporation, Dustless Coatings Removal Strip, clean and profile all dust free! Comply with new lead standards. Contact today: (866) 563-7800 www.Novatekco.com
 

 
Fischer Technology Inc.
 
FISCHER Expands Corrosion Product Line
 
Rounding out Fischer’s extensive line of products for measuring protective coatings in the corrosion industry is the new ultrasonic wall thickness gauge UMP series.
 

 
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America
 
Performance Amine 1,3-BAC
 
A highly reactive cycloaliphatic diamine offering superior performance. Reasonable cost and curing efficacy makes it suitable for all types of epoxy resin applications.
 

 
Modern Safety Techniques
 
Modern Safety Techniques
 
With our unique LTCat, we can help to provide clean, safe breathing air to your workers. Take a look at our Breathing Air Systems, we supply at least twice as much charcoal as our competitors! Modern
 

 
ABKaelin, LLC
 
ABKAELIN EH&S SERVICES
 
Programs/Training/Monitoring for Silica, Lead, Noise, Beryllium, Hexavalent Chromium, Cadmium, Hazardous Waste*PM10 & TSP-Lead Ambient Air Monitoring*SSPC C3/C5
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@paintsquare.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms & Conditions   |   Support   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us