New Zealand based technology company, Invert Robotics, has developed remote-controlled robots designed to aid aviation safety.
The firm aims for the machines to significantly improve operations in the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) sector.
The robots utilise suction technology, allowing them to cling to and move along a variety of surfaces in a range of conditions.
The technology can be used on wet aircraft surfaces and still function upside down, making them ideal rotated aircraft inspections.
The robots are fitted with a camera and sensors, allowing it to feedback through recordings that are transmitted to a ground-base in real time.
The image quality is high and so can be used for close detail, and the set-up time is short, reducing what could be hour-long inspections to just minutes.
The technology ahs already been adapted by SR Technics, a Zurich-based aircraft maintenance company.
“SR Technics is constantly looking for ways to improve the services and reduce the costs to our customers in this highly competitive industry,” commented the CEO of SR Technics, Jeremy Remacha.
“Time savings mean our customers have their aircraft back in service sooner and for airlines that is a huge benefit. Being able to record the state of an aircraft proves the need for and quality of our work, and allows more accurate scheduling of required maintenance.”
“We are excited to be part of this innovation that we believe will have a significant effect in our industry,” stated Neil Fletcher, Invert Robotics’ Managing Director.
“Having developed the world’s first inspection robot of its kind, Invert Robotics has evolved to deliver tools and technologies for difficult-to-access areas, quickly and safely.
“The opportunity to evolve from inside concave surface to outside convex surfaces brought the aviation industry into clear focus as a significant market for Invert Robotics.”