The world’s first, fully design approved EX-rated robotic camera inspection device – Magneto-EX – was officially unveiled in Perth, Australia, last night, claimed Nexxis, the company behind it.
The brainchild of West Australian-based robotics firm Nexxis, the spider-like device with its magnetic feet is the first system to be developed which is suitable for use in hazardous area inspections, the company said in a statemenrt.
Nexxis’ managing director Jason De Silveira says Magneto-EX is a game changer not only for the oil and gas sector, but any industry where there is a need for hazardous, confined space inspections.
“Whether it’s operating at heights, deep underground or in the presence of toxic chemicals, industrial worksites are dangerous places. And confined spaces pose the biggest risk in terms of death or injury. Anything that can be done to keep humans out of these environments is a great step forward,” he said.
“Until now, robotic inspections haven’t been possible in confined and hazardous spaces due to the risk of ignition. But Magneto-EX changes all that. With its design approved, EX-certification, our protype can work safely and reliably in the most extreme conditions, alleviating the risk to human operators.”
Working in confined spaces is estimated to be 100 to 150 times more hazardous than operating on an open site, said the company. By their nature, confined spaces are not designed for people to work in with poor ventilation allowing for hazardous atmospheres to quickly develop.
“With its stable navigation and seamless movement, Magneto-EX can place its feet in small gaps and on narrow beams, adapting its body configuration to navigate complex geometry and through narrow apertures,” said De Silveira.
“We’re confident Magneto-EX will not only save lives but will also dramatically reduce downtime costs at an industrywide level,” he added.
Western Australia’s Minister for Innovation and ICT, the Hon Don Punch MLA congratulated Nexxis on the launch of Magneto-EX and said the State Government is a proud supporter of the Western Australian-based robotics firm. “Nexxis’ Magneto-EX is a prime example of how the Western Australia’s robotics sector is thriving and competing globally,” said the minister.
“Innovation has an important role to play in growing and diversifying the State’s economy, and the Western Australian Government is committed to nurturing local innovators.”