Robot Cleaning Articles

  • GPR goes underground: Pipe Penetrating Radar

    Abstract: Pipe Penetrating Radar (PPR) is the underground in-pipe application of ground penetrating radar (GPR) either robotically or by manned entry to reveal wall thickness, delamination, voids, and other conditions that enable more precise determination of pipeline integrity and verifications for trenchless technology rehabilitation. PPR, when applied to pipe-bursting applications, can ...


    By SewerVUE

  • Designed to vs. Certified

    Most bolted steel tank companies use the term “designed to” when referring to industry and quality standards. At Superior Tank Co., Inc. we can positively confirm all of our tanks meet or exceed the expected design and quality objectives. Superior Tank has undergone the very rigorous API SPEC Q1 and ISO 9001:2008 certification process which reviews the various elements of bolted steel ...


    By Superior Tank Co., Inc.

  • Robot Device for Pipe Inspection - Case Study

    In 2005, Pure Technologies (Pure), a provider of various structural monitoring and leak-detection technologies, set about to develop a pipeline assessment tool that could monitor and report on the condition of pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipes (PCCP) utilized in municipal water and sewer systems. The tool’s competitive advantage would be accurate assessment decoupled from the need to ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Three ways artificial intelligence is helping to save the world

    As computers get smarter, scientists look at new ways to enlist them in environmental protection. When you think of artificial intelligence, the first image that likely comes to mind is one of sentient robots that walk, talk and emote like humans. But there’s a different kind of AI that’s becoming prevalent in nearly all of the sciences. It’s known as machine ...


    By Ensia

  • Multi-sensor inspection robot shows benefits of pipe penetrating radar - Case Study

    Pipe penetrating radar (PPR), the in-pipe application of ground penetrating radar (GPR) is one of the most promising quantitative pipe condition assessment technologies to emerge in recent years. With most of the underground pipe infrastructure reaching the end of their design life there is a need to provide measurable data in order to establish the extent of rehabilitation required or the timing ...


    By SewerVUE

  • Alum creek large diameter sewer assessment case study

    The Challenge The City of Columbus, like many municipalities, must make hard decisions on where to spend their limited capital improvement dollars. In tight economic conditions, a municipality’s decision to monitor, rehabilitate, or replace their assets is not cut and dry. Deferred maintenance of non-critical assets in one department may give other departments the monetary resources ...


    By Chester Engineers

  • Applications of Pipe Penetrating Radar for Advanced Pipe Condition Assessments: the Clark Regional Wastewater District (WA) Case Study

    Abstract Pipe Penetrating Radar (PPR) is the underground in-pipe application of GPR, a non-destructive testing method that can detect defects and cavities within and outside mainline diameter non-metallic (reinforced concrete, vitrified clay, PVC, HDPE, etc.) underground pipes. The key advantage of PPR is the unique ability to map pipe wall thickness and deterioration including voids outside ...


    By SewerVUE

  • Case study - The City of Calgary completes successful condition assessment and verification on C303 Pipeline

    Service: PureRobotics Client: City of Calgary Project Date: May 2013 - ongoing Location: Calgary, AB Type of Pipeline: Water Transmission Main Diameter: 30-inch (750mm) Pipe Material: Bar-Wrapped ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Development of a sealing material and robot for automatic socket rehabilitation of grey cast iron pipes in drinking water supply systems

    The project DeWaLoP, led by Vienna Water, aims to develop a robot that is able to apply a sealing system to repair the joint sockets of pressure operating water pipes measuring about 1 m in diameter. To do this, a modification of the sealing material for inner surface application will be developed and a complex robot system will be designed to perform various tasks, such as inspecting, cleaning ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Seaswarm to Clear out Oil

    When an oil spill occurs, the challenge is clearing out of the oil fast and secure. Seaswarm is a possible solution to this dilemma. Robotic cleaning instruments absorb the oil and move independently and autonomously. They can communicate between them and coordinate their actions. The supplier claims the job will be done efefctively. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Case study - Woodroffe Avenue Transmission Main - Ottawa, Ontario

    Service: SoundPrint AFO PureRobotics Client: City of Ottawa Project Date: 2011 Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Type of Pipeline: Water Transmission Main Diameter: 48-inch (1200mm) Pipe Material: PCCP The Woodroffe Avenue Transmission Main in Ottawa, Ontario experienced a major failure in January 2011 which opened a large hole across three traffic lanes causing major ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Case study - Baltimore County Department of public works

    Service: Assess and Address Pipeline Management Client: Baltimore County DPW Project Date: July 2011 - ongoing Diameter: 16-inch to 54-inch Pipe Material: PCCP Length:~13 miles EM condition assessment~15 miles inline leak ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Case study - City of Rockville - Robotic Pipeline Inspection

    Service: PureRobotics - Robotic Pipeline Inspection Client: City of Rockville Project Date: July 2010 Type of Pipeline: Water Transmission Main Diameter: 24-inch Pipe Material: PCCP Length: 53,000 feet Results: 3 pipe sections identified at risk Insertion of Pipeline Inspection Robot Pure Technologies (Pure) was contracted to provide robotic pipeline inspection ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Modularity in robotics provides automation for all

    Robots have brought significant advances to the manufacturing process in the past decade. Industries such as assembly, palletizing, materials handling, welding and even painting currently use robots to facilitate their everyday work and advancements are released daily in this fast-paced market. New innovative technologies being introduced to the market by Robotics Design Inc., however, allow ...


    By Robotics Design Inc.

  • The role of robotics in the trenchless industry

    The official definition of a robot is “a machine or device that operates automatically or by remote control,” yet this does not really define the information and functions that the robots in the Trenchless Technology industry provide to engineers from local water authorities, municipalities and It can be argued that the first step towards what we know today as ‘robots’ was the use of tube ...


    By KATE PMO AG

  • Companies and people leading the restructured environmental services industry in Canada

    The landscape of environmental service providers in Canada has changed dramatically in the past four or five years, especially with mergers and acquisitions announced in recent months between some fast-growing businesses. Only a decade ago the industry was dominated by a couple of publicly-traded continental companies that gobbled up numerous small and medium-size enterprises to offer customers a ...

  • Continuous Improvement in Automotive Manufacturing: Hendersons Automotive Group

    Cleaner production measures introduced in 1992 by Hendersons Automotive Group have resulted in annual savings of $270,000. The measures cost a total of $309,000, and paid for themselves in only 18 months after implementation. The biggest investment of $235,000 involved the commissioning of a seat slide pre-treatment system, while the others were good housekeeping measures which have helped raise ...


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