Perth-based robotics company Nexxis says that it has been recognized at the IFAP CGU SafeWay Awards, winning an award for technology that improves worker safety in industrial environments. The award recognized Nexxis’s Magneto-EX technology, which the company says is the world’s first ex-rated robotic crawler.
Nexxis says that the Magneto platform is a versatile, spider-like, climbing inspection robot able to negotiate hazardous and confined space inspections, without the need for a human operator. The multi-limbed, spatially aware device has been created for use in high-risk settings, including the oil and gas industry, eliminating the need for personnel to perform dangerous tasks.
Magneto is also said to be capable of integrating intelligent autonomous control systems and is designed to carry a wide range of non-destructive testing sensors, remote visual inspection cameras, and maintenance tools.
Nexxis Founder and Director Jason De Silveira said: “Magneto represents a major leap in safer inspections for the oil and gas industry, as well as other sectors including mining, infrastructure and petrochemical requirements where there is a need for hazardous, confined space inspections. The cutting-edge technology behind the robot enables internal visual inspection of assets and more detailed data to be gathered.”
“Improved accessibility, frequency and accuracy of inspections enabled by Magneto will lead to reduced environmental and safety risks, targeted and immediate maintenance and repairs, faster decision making and longer operational life of assets,” De Silveira added.
Nexxis says that it is now focused on the commercialization of the inspection robot, which was launched in August 2021 and is expected to be available to the market as early as 2022.