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On the 2nd of February 2018, the Nautilus project kick-off meeting was held in Cambridge, UK.

This project aims to develop a robot for oil tank floor thickness monitoring and is set to run for 24 month. 

The project partners set to see the successful realisation of this game changing project include: Monition (Coordinator), InnoTecUK, Diagnostic Sonar, TWI  and LSBU

The kick-off meeting for SIRCAUR was held in Cambridge, UK on the 17th of January 2018.

This 15 months project aims to develop an autonomous umbilical free robot for the inspection of reinforced concrete structures.

The project partners behind this innovative solution form a balanced consortium with extensive experience in working on projects of a similar capacity. 

The project partners:

InnoTecUKLSBU and TWI

Visit the >> SIRCAUR Project website 

The event organised in collaboration with the European Commission in the framework of the INCO-NET project EaP Plus,  is set to bring together over 250 participants from Europe Member States (MS) and Associated Countries (AC) as well as Eastern Europe Third Countries (EaP). 

The week comprises of a series of events which seek to inform people interested in the contents of the Horizon 2020 Themes and funding schemes on how to improve their participation in European Research and Innovation Funding Programmes. 

Representing InnoTec-TCS at the ‘HORIZON 2020 WEEK IN BELARUS’ (Minsk, 20-23 February 2018) is our Head of ‘Training and Consultancy Services’ Katia Insogna. 

Katia Insogna will be:

  • Giving a speech at the ‘Info Day’ on opportunities for Third Country researchers and organisations with the ERC grants
  • The principal trainer for Marie Curie RISE grants parallel session.
  • The principal trainer for the “Train the Trainers” event aimed at NCPs from EaP countries on RIA/IA project development

To read more about this event, click here

 

The European Robotics Forum (ERF2018) event in Europe, will provide an opportunity for us to learn and share ideas with industry leaders.

It is expected that over 800 European robotics top experts will be attending the conference, under the theme “Robots and Us”,

ERF2018 is set to cover current societal and technical themes related to the field of robotics.

Interesting topics to be discussed include: human-robot-collaboration and how robotics can improve industrial productivity and service sector operations will be discussed.

To read more about this event click here: eurobotics.net 

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InnoTecUk’s team comprising Professor Gurvinder Virk, Dr Artur Gmerek, Angelos Plastropoulos and Matthew Kimball, represented the company at the 20th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots in Porto, Portugal went with the same momentum as did the team at the ‘Materials Testing 17’ exhibition in Telford, UK.  Professor Virk was also the Co-General chair of the CLAWAR’17 conference with Professor Manuel Silva from ISEP (Porto Polytechnic).

The team was eager to make known the company’s innovative solutions and to promote the company’s name at an international level, especially as climbing robots is a central focus area in CLAWAR.

It was at ‘CLAWAR’17’ that InnoTecUK introduced its first two autonomous vehicles: ‘Inno-Omni’ and ‘InnoCAR’. Both are prototypes for running R&D projects and are aimed at opening robot platforms to allow university students and researchers to customise the systems to continuously improve and enhance robot functionality and develop robotic expertise.

The new robots are based on the open ROS middleware for which InnoTecUK has developed special climbing software functionalities to contribute to the climbing robot community. It is intended that these platforms will form the basis of InnoTecUK’s forthcoming challenge; The “Innoclimber challenge” for which several universities have already expressed an interest to participate in for its inaugural competition in 2018.

While in Portugal, our highly skilled professionals made it their duty to create a memorable international impact. It was this enthusiasm that resulted in an interview by the Portuguese acclaimed TV station #PortugalemDirecto.

The interview between InnoTecUK’s team and Portugal em Directo, covered some of InnoTecUK’s current, ongoing and future works, with special reference to its new activities to develop wearable exoskeletons for assistance and rehabilitation which are set to improve the mobility particularly for the elderly persons for normal daily living tasks.

To watch what the Team had to say, click here and watch from the 6th minute for get the full story.

 

The month of September began with InnoTecUK attending two of the industries’ prestigious conferences and exhibitions; The British institute of Non-Destructive Testing’s (BINDT’s) ‘Material Testing 2017’ exhibition and ‘CLAWAR’17’; The 20th International conference on climbing and walking robots.

At the ‘Materials Testing 2017’ exhibition in Telford, UK, InnoTecUK’s booth was without any doubt the most vibrant. Our team of highly skilled professionals came prepared to network and create long term, and sustainable relationships with those visiting our stand. However, it will not be fair to give all the credit to just our friendly staff, the most eye-catching things were our state of the art magnetic adhesion platforms HUNTER and NEPTUNE, and our vacuum adhesion platforms ICM ROVER and VORTEX SCANNER. This was the feedback we gathered from those who visited our booth at the international centre in Telford.

InnoTecUK capitalised on the attention it was receiving mainly due to the uniqueness of its remotely deployed NDT solutions and the presence of its highly skilled and resourceful experts to make known two of its new state of the art inspection platforms: ‘Neptune’ an ‘Advanced Magnetic Adhesion Marinised Crawler’, and ‘ICM Rover’ an ‘Advanced Vacuum Adhesion Inspection Crawler’, obtained in partnership with an American based company.

It was at this event that both inspection solutions made their first public appearance as products under InnoTecUK’s wings. Both inspection platforms: ‘Neptune’ and ‘ICM Rover’ like the ones before them ‘HUNTER’, ‘VORTEXSANNER’ were able to capture and retain the attention of many due to their unique features, ability to conduct inspection tasks in very hazardous environments and capacity to be used in different industrial sectors.

Pictures of ‘NEPTUNE’ and ICM Rover coming soon. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

To read about our performance at CLAWAR17, click here

InnoTecUK will be attending and exhibiting some of its new robot platforms at CLAWAR 2017, from 11-13 September 2017, held at the School of Engineering: Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Rua Dr. Antonia Bernardino de Almeida 431, 4200-072, Porto.

This conference organised by CLAWAR Association Limited, will cover a series of technical and social events as well as a forum to discuss the latest developments in robotics and how to tackle some of the challenges faced by robot researchers and manufacturers, especially those with interests in developing state of the art robotic solutions.

Key issues being hotly debated in the international robotics community for the rapidly evolving area of service robots is how to seamlessly get the emerging robots to work collaboratively and effectively with close human interactions for a variety of users.

InnoTecUK will benefit from the vast range of opportunities that the conference offers, such as networking with leading international researchers in mobile robotics, being updated on the latest research results in key topics such as Robot locomotion, Assistive robots, Biologically-inspired robot systems, Aerial robots, Modelling and simulation, Rehabilitation robot, Inspection applications, Climbing robots, Perception, Planning and Control.

To read more about this event, click here

 

As an active member of the Non-destructive testing (NDT) and condition monitoring (CM) community, InnoTecUK will be exhibiting at ‘Materials Testing 2017’.

This event organised by THE BRITISH INSTITUTE OF NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING (BINDT) is one of the world’s leading international exhibitions for the non-destructive testing, condition monitoring, diagnostic engineering and quality testing industries. Materials Testing 2017, will present a major forum for us to promote our products and services.

To see some of our finest crawlers, visit us on booth A15 & A16, from the 5th to the 7th of September 2017 at The International centre, Telford, U.K.

Present at our booth will be our team of professionals ready to answer your questions about our products and services, all with a great understanding of the issues facing industries such as the Oil and Gas industry, Aerospace industry, Renewable energy industry etc.

This will equally be an astounding opportunity for anyone with an interest in robotics and automation to see some of our crawlers in action, and to assess the capabilities of some of our most innovative crawling and climbing robots. Thus, providing a platform to discuss how we could potentially support your business.

Running parallel to Materials Testing 2017, is the 56th British annual NDT conference (NDT 2017), also organised by BINDT. The conference will involve a comprehensive series of events covering a wide range of subjects patterning to the NDT industry, creating an even bigger opportunity for us to network, learn ad share ideas.

To read more about these event, click here.

InnoTecUK’s Technical Director Professor Gurvinder S. Virk recently had an interview with the Industrial Robot Journal. Details of the interview have been also published on robotics business review to provide intelligence for the global robotics industry.

In his interview, Gurvinder shares his expertise in the field of robotics, control, engineering, and computer science, and discusses the importance of international robot standardisation for robot manufacturers and the wider community.

With regards to his expertise, Gurvinder has for the last 35 years produced over 350 referred publications, filed four patents, been involved with several spin out commercial ventures, led the creation of the first International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) safety standard for personal care robots (EN ISO 13482), presided over the ARGOS Challenge committee to develop autonomous robots for oil and gas production sites and is currently working on wearable exoskeletons aimed at providing affordable solutions to assist elderly persons perform normal daily activities.

It is Gurvinder’s extensive knowledge in robotics that permits him to offer deep insights into how robotic safety standards are formulated and implemented and how the regulatory frame work can be adopted in realising robot products for facilitating safe Human Robot interaction.

In this interview, he describes the best methods for adopting robot safety standards, and goes on to describe how international robot safety standards are administered, the role of manufacturers in robot safety, and what might happen in the event of a robot causing harm in non-safety-compliant robot products.

To read what Gurvinder had to say, click here.