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Lausanne, Switzerland

Rochat F.,Mobots Group | Schoeneich P.,Mobots Group | Luthi B.,Mobots Group | Bleuler H.,Mobots Group | And 2 more authors.
Industrial Robot | Year: 2011

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to present a novel miniature magnetic climbing robot for industrial inspection. The robot has high mobility with low complexity. Design/methodology/approach - The robot has a miniature cylindrical shape with 28mm of diameter and 62mm of width. The robot has two wheels. The adhesion is achieved with an advanced magnetic circuit fixed on the frame of the robot. Findings - From an horizontal sheet, the robot can make transition to almost any intersecting sheet from 10 to 3608. The robot passes inner and outer straight corners in almost any inclination of the gravity. Originality/value - The novel robot opens new possibilities to use mobile robots in ferromagnetic environments with stringent size limitations, as found in power plants. The new mechanism increases mobility and opens a new avenue for inspection robotics. A patent is pending on this system. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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