CORROSION INSPECTION & MAINTENANCE

Corrosion inspection, and related surface preparation tasks (pressure washing, coatings removal, sanding, blasting, and repair), are notoriously difficult to automate due to the need for a transportable automation tool. Pneubotics’ lightweight automation solutions are hand carried to job sites, their inherent force control ensures no damage is caused if accidental contact with an asset occurs, and its plastic structure is certifiable for explosive or clean chemical environments. This Pneubotics smart tool decreases asset downtime by shortening inspection, blasting, sanding, and painting task times with high quality results while allowing for thorough maintenance asset tracking for long-term documentation of corrosion propagation.

Today’s infrastructure needs tending; but these assets are located in hard to reach, exposed, and dangerous places. We care about enabling craftsmen, tradesmen, and maintenance workers with tools that get the job done; safely.
— Kevin Albert, CEO
Pneubotics "soft" robots are controlled with air. They expand robotic automation into real-world environments due to their soft and lightweight material properties. 

Pneubotics "soft" robots are controlled with air. They expand robotic automation into real-world environments due to their soft and lightweight material properties. 

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OUR VISION

The possibilities for robots are endless in a future when robotic manipulators are easy to install, transport, deploy, and are safe around people. However, most of today’s robots are rigid metal machines that require large safety cages and heavy equipment to install. This limits robots to work in isolation, doing the same task over and over again, for months or years at a time. The Pneubotics team suggests that to move the robotics industry forward; the robot arm must be reinvented.

PNEUBOTICS "SOFT" ROBOTS ARE CONTROLLED WITH AIR

Pneubotics "Soft" Robotic Arms Industrial Rigid Robotic Arms
1:2 Payload to weight ratio 1:10 payload to weight ratio
Deploys on existing carts & lifts with minimal infrastructure costs Fixed installation with high capital expenses
Robot To Task: Operates in unstructured environments enabling large workspace automation Task To Robot: Requires structured environments with a fixed workspace
Force controlled with valves and air Position controlled with motors and gearboxes
Plastic and air-driven structure makes operation in clean chemical & explosive environments possible Motor driven robots are difficult to certify for clean environments
Compliant lightweight structure accommodates soft contact Rigid structure and large mass require safety cages for operation
Easy Setup: Automated tool-paths enabled with scan & plan surface detection and selection. Custom Programming: Point to point motion requiring precise workspace calibration