This week’s #InuktunInTheWild sighting is courtesy of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) who recently highlighted Inuktun’s Versatrax 450™ robotic crawler in this National Robotics Week: Robots Play Key Role in SRS Liquid Waste Mission EM newsletter.
Nicknamed G.I. Joe, the Versatrax 450™ crawler is employed at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, South Carolina, to remotely collect nuclear waste samples from tanks. This OnDemand Specialty System employs a four-function manipulator arm that grips a specially fabricated collection device used to scoop up the sample and deposit it in a retrieval basket that is lifted from the tank. An onboard Spectrum 90™ pan, tilt and zoom inspection camera helps the operator remotely maneuver inside the tank.
The US DOE recognizes the value of robotic technology and features them in a National Robotics Week. This year’s event took place April 7-15 and featured “G.I. Joe” with several other robots recognized for their role in performing critical work in areas where humans can’t go. The fleet referred to as the SRS robots reduce the associated risks of the liquid waste to the workers, community and environment. The SRS robots can be found doing everything from radioactive waste tank sampling (Go G.I. Joe!), inspecting and cleaning contaminated areas, and remotely performing repairs.
No stranger to the nuclear sector, Inuktun’s Multi-Mission Modular (IM3™) technology regularly performs remote visual inspection, handling and tooling operations in even the most hostile environments. Contact us today to learn how our robotic inspection camera and crawler systems can elevate your operations today.