Inuktun Sighting #63: Tour de French Alps

Inuktun Sighting #63: Tour de French Alps

When we think of the French Alps, we think of beautiful villas, picturesque mountains, and decadent pleasures like chocolate, cheese and wine.  But the Inuktun Europe (IE) team recently visited the area for a completely different endeavor. Responding to an invitation from EDF Energy, IE’s Technical Manager, Russell Fraser, and Business Development Manager, Julien Massé, travelled to an area near the Bournillon power plant in the French Alps to perform a penstock pipe inspection. Using the Versatrax 150™ system, they successfully demonstrated the crawler’s capabilities by driving the vehicle over a total distance of 160 metres, including maneuvering through a pipe branch at 100 metres, and climbing slippery slopes of up to 22 degrees. 

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Betting on the Tracks

Betting on the Tracks

When considering a purchase of a remotely operated crawler system, companies will inevitably compare vehicles that come equipped with either wheels or tracks. The market mostly offers the former version as wheels are typically inexpensive, lighter weight, and better at steering in open terrain. But, for most industrial applications, systems that use tracks have distinct advantages. 

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