wall climbing robot

Wall climbing robot designed to reduce workplace accidents

Image credit: HausBot

A wall climbing robot designed for tasks such as maintenance and building and infrastructure inspection has been developed in the hope that it can reduce workplace accidents.

Designed by Birmingham-based firm HausBots, the robot can climb vertical surfaces with ease and after several years of prototyping, it has now been released as a commercial product.

In the US, 85,000 workers fall from heights every year, killing around 700 of them and costing insurance companies over $1bn in claims.

To ensure the robot itself doesn’t fall it had to undergo extensive electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) testing to make sure the fans, which essentially attach it to the surface function correctly.

The WMG team at the University of Warwick, which helped develop the robots, tested it by placing it in the EMC chamber and assessing how it responds to noise and to make sure it does not emit any unwanted noise itself.

Using amplifiers to simulate noise and analysers, the researchers were able to detect any unwanted interference and emissions with the robot.

The University of Warwick’s Dr David Norman said: “It has been a pleasure to be with HausBots and help them develop their product, the concept of the robot is incredible, and could save lives and reduce the number of workplace accidents.

“Our facilities and expertise have helped HausBots develop a market-ready product, which is now on the market and has carried out many jobs from painting and cleaning the graffiti off the spaghetti junction in Birmingham. We hope to continue working with them in the future and can’t wait to see where they are this time next year.”

Jack Crone, HausBots CEO said: “The WMG SME group have helped us from day one, by helping us build the prototype all the way to making sure the robot safely sticks to the wall and carries out its job efficiently.

“We have worked tirelessly over the last three years to make HausBot, and we are incredibly excited to have sold our first one to a company in Singapore, we hope this is the first of many that will also help reduce numbers of workplace accidents.”

Earlier this week, another team of engineers demonstrated a train-cleaning robot that could help keep trains clean and tidy by the end of the decade.

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