Co-innovating tomorrow... not without reason Yokogawa's slogan. And of course, the robot dog SPOT must be part of that! According to developer Boston Dynamics, Spot will play a revolutionary role in our industry. You have probably seen a video of this impressive robot before.
We are therefore proud that SPOT will be one of the first in the Netherlands to explore the Utrecht region. It is a nimble robot that walks on uneven terrain and climbs stairs with mechanical legs. Here Spot detects and inspects, collects data and can explore without limits. The result? Safely and efficiently performing tasks in an industrial environment. And you should especially think of oil & gas facilities and electrified or radiation-rich areas.
Business Development Manager Niels Huttenhuis will be the 'foster father' of a SPOT from the beginning of April. Niels: We will use SPOT to validate whether we can replace tasks in a high-risk environment of an operator at one of our customers. Currently they have about 9000 inspection points per shift. This is seen as very time consuming since there are 3 shifts per day. It also appears that the chance of errors increases when an operator does repetitive work. You can imagine missing a few spots when you need to inspect 9000 points by the eye.
SPOT can make very precise photos of the equipment and uploads the pictures to an AI (artificial intelligence) application in the cloud. Here, the application verifies if there is an anomaly. If so, the operator be notified accordingly so he/she can interfere or inspect manually if needed.’
Did you know that SPOT is partly Japanese?
American robotics company Boston Dynamics was first owned by Google, then acquired by Japan's Softbank and now in hands of Hyundai and for 20% by Softbank. Last year they started selling the advanced robot dog. The 110cm long robot weighs over 30 kilos. With its 605Wh battery, it can walk for an hour and a half.
Testing SPOT at your location
Yokogawa will tour with SPOT through the Netherlands visiting end-users. Are you located in The Netherlands, and would you like to test SPOT at your site? Please contact Niels Huttenhuis at Niels.Huttenhuis@nl.yokogawa.com or +31 88 464 1394. They are happy to visit you!