Collaborative work on world-first underwater robot shortlisted for prestigious award

Collaborative work on world-first underwater robot shortlisted for prestigious award

22.11.2022: AN INNOVATIVE collaborative project which will see the development of a world-first underwater robot to repair a damaged ship’s hull while still in transit has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award.


AN INNOVATIVE collaborative project which will see the development of a world-first underwater robot to repair a damaged ship’s hull while still in transit has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award.



Funded by the European Commission, a total of 11 partners from across seven countries have been working on the pioneering RESURGAM (Robotic Survey, Repair and Agile Manufacture) Project which will result in pioneering friction stir welding (FSW) technology being developed to prevent ships having to dry dock for repairs.




The concept design of the RESURGAM system devised by Forth.

 

The high standard of collaboration and innovation on the project has been recognised as the RESURGAM project was shortlisted in the Manufacturing Technology category at The Engineer Collaborate to Innovate Awards 2023.



Cumbrian engineering company Forth has been appointed as technical managers on the initiative, and has been working closely with partners The Welding Institute; University of Lancaster’s Joining 4 Innovation Centre; Element Six (all UK); ACLUNAGA; AISTER (both Spain); European Welding Federation (Portugal); University of Limerick (Ireland); TU Delft (The Netherlands): STIRWELD (France); Engitec Systems International (Cyprus); GISBIR (Turkey).



Chris Downham, the operations manager at Forth, said: “Collaboration is at the heart of the RESURGAM Project and it has been a really exciting initiative to work on as it has pulled together a variety of organisations, such as SMEs, naval architects, research organisations, universities and welding institutions, from different countries across Europe.



“There have been numerous challenges posed throughout the collaboration which range from differing points of views and expertise, not to mention any language barriers, but the project has been divided into smaller work packages and the effective management of these have provided an open platform for comprehensive solutions.



“One of the biggest challenges we had to overcome was that we were not able to meet each other for the first 18 months of the project due to the Covid-19 pandemic and, despite the wonders of modern technology, speaking to one another over a computer screen often led to miscommunication about practical problems.



“However, the entire project team has overcome all obstacles in its way and we have made great progress on developing a tool which will be truly pioneering for the shipping industry, and it’s great recognition for all our efforts to receive a nomination for such a prestigious award.”



Over the past 24 months, the European partners have been working to create the world’s first underwater robot which can be controlled from a safe, remote distance and is able to repair a damaged ship’s hull using pioneering FSW technology.



The project has been created with the long term view to allow FSW work to be carried out on the hull of the ship while still at sea, removing the requirement for the ship to travel to the nearest dry dock. RESURGAM will tested in early in 2023 and it is hoped that if successful further funding can be obtained to take the product to a commercial state.



The process of docking is an extremely costly one to industry as it can take the ship out of action for days, but the RESURGAM technology will allow a responsive repair to be carried out, from a remote distance, anywhere in the world, so would save industry a substantial amount of time and money by allowing the ship to continue on its path without any disruption.



The technology will also remove the risk to human life as it takes away the requirement for specialist divers to work on the ship’s hull in often hazardous conditions.

 

 

 

Chris Downham, the operations manager at Forth which is playing a pivotal role in the collaborative RESURGAM Project.

 

 

Chris said: “Finding solutions to ensure we can develop an effective tool has been a challenge we have enjoyed tackling as a team.



“A big challenge to the team at Forth was the design of a frame which could be mounted to the side of a ship’s hull to allow the FSW to take place underwater in a vertical plane.



“So in order to secure the RESURGAM tool to the hull, we came up with the idea of a circular track frame which would hold the weld held to the hull by using four super strength R1000 electromagnets.



“We are able to test the functionality of the tool in Forth’s Deep Test Pond, which is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the UK as it can hold up to 1.2 million litres of water, and we’re excited for the next step when the equipment is brought to a commercial market.”



The Engineer Collaborate to Innovate Awards will be held in London on Thursday, February 23.





The concept design of the RESURGAM system devised by Forth.


Chris Downham, the operations manager at Forth which is playing a pivotal role in the collaborative RESURGAM Project.






  David Coulter  photos Forth




Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/collaborative-work-world-first-underwater-robot-prestigious-award---245512.html

22.11.2022 / MaP

More News

Robotics and Automation with High Order Intake but Disrupted Supply Chains
27.06.2022
    Sector forecasts growth of 6 percent in 2022    Sales in 2021 stronger than expected    Shortage of skilled workersThe robotics and automation industry in Germany is benefiting more >>
DOBOT Launches Collaborative Robot CR3L at Automate 2022 in Detroit with the Increased Max Reach by 11.5%
07.06.2022
Opens the door to vast opportunities for diverse applications of intelligent collaborative robots in light industryDOBOT, one of the world-leading manufacturers of intelligent robots, has announced the product launch of the CR3L Collabor more >>
REE announces further progress towards commercial production capabilities
17.05.2022
    Core robotic assembly proven and on schedule to be implemented into first highly automated Integration Center in UK    Novel cloud-based robotic manufacturing approach creates efficiency, savings, and scale flexibility    Upcoming Austin, Texas, Integration Center will replicate scalable robotic assembly oper more >>
ABB Robotics unveils world’s first robot-painted art car
11.05.2022
    ABB’s PixelPaint robot recreates child prodigy Advait Kolarkar’s abstract art creation and digital design company Illusorr’s geometric concept    Paint-head technolo more >>
VisionNav Robotics debuts at the MODEX 2022 with the Innovative AGV/AMR Forklifts
01.04.2022
VisionNav Robotics, a global supplier of industrial automated vehicles, attends the MODEX show held in Atlanta from 3/28 to 3/31, 2022, begins its appearance in the North American market. VisionNav has displayed the representative automated industrial vehicle forklift of the industry to drive intralogistics automation with intelligent technology.  more >>
ABB’s Robot Podcast returns for Season Two, exploring the world of robotics and automation
17.11.2021
Weekly panel of experts from industry, media and academia look at the cutting edge of robotics, analysing how advances in automation are benefitting society and businesses, and what the future holdsFollowing a well-received first season, Th more >>
Hyundai Motor Group Launches Factory Safety Service Robot, First Project with Boston Dynamics
17.09.2021
... in Support of Site Safety    ‘Factory Safety Service Robot’ based on Boston Dynamic’s quadruped, Spot®, to go into pilot operation at Kia’s plant in South Korea in support of site safety   more >>
Ford Recruits Robot Test Drivers to Help Ensure Vehicles are Ready to Face the Toughest Conditions
12.08.2021
Ford’s state-of-the-art Weather Factory has never been busier. Used to simulate a range of extreme conditions under one roof, it has enabled engineers to test vehicles in a way that is less impacted by travel limitations than real-world testing. more >>
BMW i Ventures Invests in Plus One Robotics to Automate Supply Chain and Logistics
27.04.2021
BMW i Ventures today announced an investment in Plus One Robotics, the leading provider of vision software for logistics robots. The Series B fundraise will help accelerate automation across the broader supply chain and logistics industry and deliver a transformative experience for warehouse operators. more >>
FPT Industrial produces the 10.000th cursor 13 NG engine at its Bourbon-Lancy plant with the collaboration of the new Sherpa Robots
19.03.2021
Powerful performance, advanced technology, real sustainability. And now, also a landmark target achieved. FPT Industrial announces the production of the 10,000th Cursor 13 NG engine, rolling off the line of its plant in Bourbon-Lancy (France) on March 9th.First more >>
U−M, Ford Open World−Class Robotics Complex to Accelerate Future of Advanced, More Equitable Robotics and Mobility
16.03.2021
    University of Michigan’s $75 million, 134,000 square-foot Ford Robotics Building opens as a world-class, advanced robotics facility and first to co-locate an industry team - adding Ford’s mobility research center to the university’s long-time robotics leadership.   more >>
ABB launches next generation cobots to unlock automation
24.02.2021
...for new sectors and first-time users    ABB boosts YuMi® collaborative robot portfolio with GoFa™ and SWIFTI™ cobot families    Eight out of ten workplaces say they will increase use more >>
ABB launches The Robot Podcast – a new series exploring the exciting world of robotics and automation
18.02.2021
Weekly panel of experts from industry and academia look at the cutting edge of robotics, analyzing how advances in automation are benefitting society and business and what the future holdsABB is introducing a new series of podcasts that explore the innovative and exciti more >>
Torc Robotics selects AWS as preferred cloud provider for self-driving truck fleet
17.02.2021
Torc Robotics has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS), Inc. as its preferred cloud provider to handle the scale and speed needed for data transfer, storage, and compute capacity as the company prepares to deploy its fleet of next-generation self-driving test trucks in New Mexico and Virginia. With the growth in test fleet size, number of routes, and sensor capability, there is an increase more >>
ABB Robotics - The Next Generation of Collaborative Robots is Coming
13.02.2021
ABB Robotics will unveil on 24.02.21 the future of collaborative robotsSami Atiya, President of ABB Robotics and Discrete Automation, will host a virtual conference at 0800 GMT / 0900 CET on 24 February, where he will announce a significant expa more >>
Hyundai Motor Group Introduces Advanced Humanoid Robot ‘DAL−e’ for Automated Customer Services
25.01.2021
    'DAL-e' is an AI-powered automated robot offering bespoke customer services at a HMG showroom with plans for adoption in diverse operating environments       DAL-e boasts language processing, facial reco more >>
The mobile charging robot – Presenting a vision
29.12.2020
   Volkswagen Group Components gives us a first glimpse of the real prototypes    CEO Schmall: “Available charging infrastructure is key in the success of electric mobility”    Charging and charging systems combined as core issues at Group Components more >>
Robot delivers just-in-sequence parts directly to the production line at the SKODA AUTO plant in Kvasiny
29.09.2020
› ŠKODA AUTO has moved the pick-to-sequence handling of starter batteries at the Kvasiny plant from the parts warehouse directly to the factory› Innovative concept makes production processes more more >>
Ford Experiments with Four-Legged Robots, to Scout Factories, Saving Time, Money
25.08.2020
•    Ford is tapping four-legged robots at its Van Dyke Transmission Plant in early August to laser scan the plant, helping engineers update the original computer-aided design which is used when we are getting ready to retool our plants more >>
Ford Experiments with Four-Legged Robots, to Scout Factories, Saving Time, Money
27.07.2020
    Ford is tapping four-legged robots at its Van Dyke Transmission Plant in early August to laser scan the plant, helping engineers update the original computer-aided design which is used when we are getting ready to retool our plants more >>
Industry 4.0: SKODA AUTO Vrchlabi plant has made use of ‘Digital twin’
22.07.2020
› Simulation of production steps using a ‘digital twin’ enabled the workstation to be set up during ongoing operations› Thanks to industry 4.0 technologies, the project was made fully operational three weeks earlier than a conventional new installation more >>
Ford Digit Robots Could Provide the Delivery Solutions of the Future
27.03.2020
Receiving a parcel from a courier or having food delivered to our door by a driver is something many of us have become accustomed to. more >>
Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics expand public road testing in the U.S. for automated truck technology
18.02.2020
– safety highest priority    Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics are expanding testing of automated truck technology (SAE Level 4) to new public routes in the U.S. - further development and validation efforts to continue in more >>
SEAT implements self-driven robots to automate outdoor parts transport
07.02.2020
    The company becomes the first in Europe to implement AGVs without magnetic guidance outside the workshops, featuring 4G connection, induction charging and a 25-metre convoy    Each convoy can carry 10 tonnes and all together more >>
Ford Acquires Digit, World's First Commercially Available Humanoid Robot
28.01.2020
•    As online retail continues growing, Ford believes that package delivery services by commercial and autonomous vehicles could become more efficient and affordable with the help of a humanoid robot called Digit•    When a vehicle arrives at its destination, Digit can be deployed to grab a package from the vehicle and carry out the f more >>
Revolution in the underground car park – Volkswagen lets its charging robots loose
26.12.2019
Compact and autonomous: Volkswagen Group Components’ mobile charging robot. ID.3: The vehicle is not yet available for sale in Europe. - Volkswagen Group Components presents a new and visionary charging concept more >>
The art of robot whispering
16.10.2019
Creativity and Technology•    An algorithm that paints, a humanoid artist or the particle accelerator in the Louvre are examples of how technology is making major strides into the art world•    Madeline Gannon, more >>
Ford Robots Master Moves and Never Miss a Beat
03.10.2019
•    Collaborative robots (cobots) work together with Ford engineers to apply finishing touches to vehicles on the production line•    In a first for Ford, the cobots which are also used to polish high-end audio equipment, are choreographed to finely sand the entire surface of the Ford Fiesta body• &nb more >>
Hyundai Motor Group Develops Wearable Vest Exoskeleton to Alleviate Burden in Overhead Work
04.09.2019
    New Wearable Vest EXoskeleton (VEX) is up to 42% lighter than competing products    The VEX functions without the need for a battery by imitating human shoulder joint and using multilink lift assistant module    more >>
The collaborative robot that gives SEAT cars their name
12.08.2019
    The Martorell factory successfully installs two “cobots” that attach the lettering to the Ibiza and Arona models as they move down the assembly line    This type of robots perform operations in motion alongside the assembly workers    They are equipped with a system of artificial vision to a more >>
SEAT - A benchmark of Industry 4.0
12.08.2019
  Together with the two lettering “cobots”, and as an example of the transformation toward making SEAT Martorell a smart factory, today the plant has around 20 collaborative robots in the assembly area, which support the work done on the line, especially in ergono more >>
Toyota Robots Help People Experience Their Dreams of Attending the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
22.07.2019
Dedicated to “Mobility For All,” Toyota robots augment and amplify human capabilitiesToyota Motor Corporation (Toyota), as a worldwide partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, aims to provide mobility solutions that go beyond providing official vehicles for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. One way Toyot more >>
ABB baut in Shanghai die fortschrittlichste Roboterfabrik der Welt
27.10.2018
Mit einer bedeutenden Investition setzt ABB einen wichtigen Meilenstein: Das Unternehmen erschafft mit vernetzten digitalen Technologien, hochmodernen kollaborativen Robotern und Einrichtungen zur Spitzenforschung im Bereich der Künstlichen Intelligenz die fortschrittlichste, am meisten automatisierte und flexibelste Fabrik der Zukunft. more >>
Honda Research Institute Launches "Curious Minded Machine"
25.10.2018
Research Collaboration with MIT, University of Pennsylvania and University of Washington    Honda Research Institute USA seeks to develop intelligent systems that use curiosity to understand people's needs and empower human capability more >>
Kia and Hyundai venture into the robotics industry of the future
22.10.2018
•    Kia and Hyundai to develop robotics technology in three areas: wearable robots, service robots, and micro-mobility•    Hyundai Vest Exoskeleton (H-VEX) and Chairless Exoskeleton (H-CEX) industrial robot more >>
Toyota expanding Robotics Research in Europe
24.09.2018
    The Toyota Human Support Robot (HSR) provides researchers with an open innovation platform for research, development and field testing in a real environment    Through the Developer’s Community, Toyota is opening collaboration to research organizations to accelerate technological advances and growth thanks to the HSR more >>
Smokebot - Radar Provides Robotics with Visibility
21.06.2018
With its radar-on-chip technology, Fraunhofer FHR has now opened up the advantages of radar for use in robotics as well, proving this with the EU project Smokebot. photo caption:   The Smokebot robot‘s many different se more >>
automatica Trend Index 2018: What workers think about the artificial intelligence
12.06.2018
automatica Trend Index 2018For the 2018 automatica trend index, a total of 7,000 employees, in the US (N = 1,000), China (N = 1,000), Japan (N = 1,000), Germany (N = 1,000), France (N = 1,000), Great Britain (N = 1,00 more >>
A robotics expert work at Volkswagen
30.05.2018
    New series: IT-jobs at Volkswagen Group    At the Smart Production Lab of Volkswagen experts program software “brains” for robots    Volkswagen showcases wide range of digital technologies at CEBIT 2018 (12-15 June) more >>
2001-2022 copyright automobilsport.com