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Keywords Tanks, USA, Process chemicals
LANSCO was founded in 1985 and employs approximately 150 people throughout the USA. It specialises in tank cleaning and waste processing. To date it has completed more than 1,100 projects in the refining, chemical process, bulk storage terminal, pipeline and utility industries.
Information can be found about tank cleaning, robotic tank cleaning, sludge processing, tank degassing and vapour control. In the Tech Articles section an article titled "Robots convert sludge to power" can be found.
Overall quite a good site.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/tw/stories/technology/9807slave.shtmlBBC Online – Tomorrow's World
Keywords Robots, Nuclear
Another Tomorrow's World article: "JET: slave robot", about robotic applications in the nuclear power industry. Information and links to other sites are given about Mascot, a dextrous master-slave robot that works inside Torus, the nuclear reactor at JET (Joint European Torus).
Keywords Robots, Fractal
A well presented and unusual site which should be visited more out of curiosity than academic enlightenment.
http://www.robot.ireq.ca/CRRComp.Robotics.Research Home Page
Keywords Robotics, Research
Comp.Robotics.Research is a moderated newsgroup for the discussion of ongoing and proposed university, government, and industrial research in the field of robotics. The CRR archives are almost complete after September 1995.
Archived material includes short presentations and discussions of significant research results, requests for collaboration on research projects, descriptions of ongoing research projects, and new or unique equipment, requests for proposals, calls for papers, conference and short course announcements, announcements of position vacancies, and announcements of the availability of materials at Gopher, WWW, and FTP sites. http://www.robot.ireq.ca/CRR/Archives/1995/0166.html contains a discussion about "robotics in utility environment".
This is a useful source for a range of robotic information.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/tw/stories/technology/9811chern.shtmlBBC Online – Tomorrow's World
Keywords Robots, Radiation
This page contains the Tomorrow's World story "Chernobyl robot". It gives information about the international effort to stop radioactive dust leaking from the sarcophagus of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. A team of US engineers has been called in to establish exactly just how badly damaged the structure is, using robots to inspect the site instead of people.
This is a well laid out site which presents clearly a range of scientific articles and includes useful external links.
Keywords Radiation, NASA
This site contains information about efforts by the Department of Energy to use a robot designed by NASA to inspect the 177 radioactive waste tanks situated at Hanford, USA.
http://www.city.ac.uk/omc/profilin.htmCity University London
Keywords Pipes, Nuclear, Gas
The Optical Metrology Centre specialises in a variety of dimensional measurement techniques. This site contains details of the Thames Water/OMC Pipe Profiling Tool, a fast and accurate tool which measures the size and shapes of pipes in hazardous environments. The profiler measures the size and shape of pipes by taking around 1,000 measurements in a 360-degree scan in five seconds. The resolution of the device is 0.25mm and the diameter of pipes that can be measured is from 225mm to 1.5 metres. The profiler is suitable for the water, waste, nuclear, process, gas and oil industries.
This is a nicely presented site which is easy to navigate.
http://www.rovtech.comR.O.V. Technologies Inc.
Keywords Nuclear, Radiation, Aerospace
Remote Operated Vehicles (R.O.V.) Technologies Inc. is a privately held Vermont-based small business. It provides state-of-the-art products and service for sale and lease to the nuclear and space industries. Its equipment is specifically designed to survive the harsh environments of space and high radiation areas. R.O.V. Technologies Inc. is committed to providing state-of-the-art robotic equipment and highly skilled professional operations and management personnel to the nuclear industry.
This site contains plenty of interesting information.
Keywords Robotics, Technological development, MMI, Artificial intelligence
IS Robotics (ISR) aims to make robotic technology commonplace. ISR is a leading edge product development company, specialising in artificial intelligence, man/machine interfaces, and micro robotics, and is divided into six business divisions: Interactive Toys, Real World Interface, Creative Technologies, Research, Energy and Utility, and Industrial.
ISR's Energy and Utility Division is actively pursuing commercial applications for its robotics technology in the oil services industries. Its ability to design unique and innovative mobility packages with embedded intelligence aims to provide strong business opportunities.
This is a very interesting and clearly presented site. The corporate history page is worth visiting as it gives further information about this remarkable company.