We build and test prototypes and bespoke equipment on-site within our workshop and test facility.
We are equipped with state-of-the-art CAD and VR systems, operations analysis systems and a comprehensive suite of software and standards for remote handling management.
Assembly, Integration & Test Facility
Our 10,000 ft2 Assembly, Integration & Test (AIT) facility was opened in September 2014 for build and trials of remote handling equipment. With a state-of-the-art control room and full scale haptic master manipulator, we can control a wide range of remote handling and robotic equipment. The AIT facility has a 10m x 5m x 4.5m deep pit for use as a pond or dry pit, increasing headroom to over 10m for large structures. A 10 tonne Demag crane covers almost the entire floor area, to accommodate large scale build and mock-up projects.
DEXTER is a state-of-the-art Master Arm optimised for a human operator. DEXTER is the most transparent and dexterous manipulation system in the world. DEXTER kinematics have been specifically developed to suit a wide range of human movement at full scale, without hindering the operator. This provides a convenient work space within the human comfort zone for a wide range of dexterous tasks.
Application Areas for DEXTER:
- Connected to Robot Slave – control of kinematically similar AV robot devices
- Stand Alone:
- Connected to Virtual Slave – control of computer generated objects in virtual worlds
- Human operator training for complex manipulation tasks
- 6 Degrees of freedom
- Singularity free motion
- Imperceptible reflected inertia
- Imperceptible static and viscous friction
- Excellent positional resolution
- High performance Master-Slave force control
- Statically balanced
- Safety systems implemented in hardware and software providing multilayered protection and redundancy
- Force scaling
- Customisable HMI
Workshop & Test Lab
Our robotics test lab is fitted with actuator test rigs, dynamometers, bench and portable oscilloscopes, signal generators, data acquisition equipment and a wide range of electrical test equipment. We also operate a fully equipped workshop with milling, turning and measuring equipment.
- CATIA® v5
- Smart Team
- ProE Wildfire®
- ANSYS FE Modelling
Virtual reality systems
- 3DVia Composer®
- Deep Explorer® from Right Hemisphere®
- BASELINE™ (OTL Proprietary software)
Remote handling equipment testing and development
Remote handling standards
- BSOnline access