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Technology Factsheet

Expliner

Category: Robotics > Characterization and Inspection > Wheeled/Tracked System
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An inspection robot, called Expliner, is designed to roll along a typical high-voltage cables with a diameter between 24mm and 64mm (0.94 to 2.51 inches).

On one of its sides the robot dangles a manipulator arm, which also serves as a counterweight for balance. It weights 80kg (176 pounds) and its dimensions are 1.5 x 0.6 x 1.5 meters (5 x 2 x 5 feet) when it’s in its compact posture. In order to inspect the cables, Expliner uses four sets of laser sensors (one set for each of the four cables in a bundle) which give the robot the ability to see the whole surface of each cable, to spot corrosion or scratches, and to discern tiny changes in cable diameter that could indicate damage inside the cable, such as a broken steel strand. The robot also has a high-definition, high-zoom camera that can record the details of bolts and spacers from its close range

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Industry:Other
Size:Very Large (>100kg/200lb, >120cm/48in)
TRL:Operational (9)
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