Inuktun Sighting #101: MaggHD™ a Whiz in the Offshore Wind Biz

ATAM Group MD Mark Loades sends the MaggHD™ into a turbine blade at ORE Catapult. Image source: TMS Media

Our original plan was to have the robot gripping and travelling along the outside of the blade, but the tests at ORE Catapult ruled that out, so we are switching to a magnetic crawler on the tower, with a high definition camera to look for blade damage, and an arm which extends to touch and test the blade lightning conductors.
— Mark Loades, ATAM Managing Director

Today’s #InuktunInTheWild sighting is courtesy of Offshore Wind.biz who recently showcased Great Yarmouth-based oilfield and renewables service company ATAM Group and their recent trials with Inuktun’s MaggHD™ miniature magnetic crawler. ATAM Group tested the performance of the MaggHD™ on a full-size turbine training tower and along test blades at ORE Catapult’s facility in Northumberland.

ORE Catapult engineer Tony Fong and ATAM Group's Louis Turrell show a blade conference delegate at ORE Catapult how the MaggHD™ works. Image source: TMS Media

The MaggHD™ is a small but powerful vehicle equipped with rare earth magnets that keep the crawler securely attached to the tower, with the tracks positioned to ensure the best possible traction. This miniature magnetic crawler offers a unique solution for High Definition (full 1080p HD) remote visual inspection (RVI) across a broad range of applications. The powerful Microtrac™ based system includes 100 metres (330 feet) of tether and a portable control system with real time recording of live video, still images and sensor data. Its durable construction and ease of use make it perfect for examining a wide range of steel structures. Inspection on wind turbines, like this one, are not uncommon to the MaggHD™ — visit our previous posted blogs here: Wind Turbine Inspection.

ATAM Group has been busy! The company is expanding their presence with plans of opening new offices and launching three new product lines for pipe cleanliness, maintenance and inspection backed by Inuktun’s Multi-Mission Modular (IM3™) technology. This includes their OnSpec custom Minitrac™ based robotic crawler, pictured here along with the OnSite standard MaggUT™ and NanoMag™ miniature magnetic crawlers. Check out this #InuktunInTheWild sighting that featured the magnetic vehicle integrated with a FlexiClean tool.

Inuktun’s remote inspection systems can carry more than just a camera and lights. We have built crawlers to deliver ultrasonic measurement, eddy current, GPR, sonar, 3D laser scanners, high pressure water jets, cleaning brushes and much more. For more information on the MaggHD™ and the rest of Inuktun’s Multi-Mission Modular (IM3) technology, contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff today. And don’t forget to send us your own #InuktunInTheWild sightings to be featured on our blog!