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Press release: Winners SPRINT Robotics Awards 2019 announced

Press Release
31 October 2019

Winners of the SPRINT Robotics Awards 2019 announced

During the SPRINT Robotics World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics 2019 in Rotterdam, the winners of the SPRINT Robotics Awards 2019 were announced.

The SPRINT Robotics Awards acknowledge and reward exceptional work in inspection and maintenance robotics in our society. In 2019, three awards categories were introduced: Groundbreaking Collaborative Work towards Acceptance of Inspection and Maintenance Robotics, Scaling of a Robotic Solution, and New Innovative Technology in Inspection, Maintenance or Cleaning.

Tjibbe Bouma, Chairman of SPRINT Robotics: “It is a privilege to present the SPRINT Robotics Awards to the winners at the World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics. These companies are trailblazers for accelerated global acceptance of robotics for inspection and maintenance. This will make inspection and maintenance safer, more productive and more environmentally friendly. SPRINT Robotics is very happy with the rapid progress and growing momentum that was evident at the conference. This prize is an important recognition for the recipients and I congratulate them on behalf of the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative”.

GE Inspection Robotics was awarded first prize in the category Groundbreaking Collaborative Work towards Acceptance of Inspection and Maintenance Robotics.

The Boiler Wall Cleaning and Inspection Robot (BWCI) is an automated robotic system for water wall cleaning and inspection, removing the need of sending human inside confined spaces. GE Inspection Robotics’ collaboration with BASF Antwerp focused on operational procedures and implementation, resulting in a final industrialized system which is in operational use at BASF.

“With the technology we develop, we are disrupting current inspection and maintenance practices. We rely on and we embrace collaboration with industrial partners enabling to deploy robotics. BASF has been an enabler for many years and we appreciate the trust and exchange we get implementing robotic solutions”, says Ekki Zwicker, CEO of GE Inspection Robotics.

Other winners in the Groundbreaking Collaborative Work towards Acceptance of Inspection and Maintenance Robotics category were:
2nd prize, Nexxis, in partnership with Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), for the development of Magneto, a robotic platform designed to naturally climb and inspect complex industrial geometries;
3rd prize, IRISNDT, the first NDT company to commercially test 3D localization on the GE Bike, in collaboration with GE Inspection Robotics.

Dow was first place winner of the SPRINT Robotics Award for Scaling of a Robotic Solution.
While many companies pursue eliminating confined space entries (CSEs), Dow has pivoted to embrace ZERO CSEs. Dow has accelerated their robotic deployments for inspection and maintenance activities across their global sites; their safety-first initiative has ignited the drive for robotic deployments, quickly enabling many sites with a comprehensive robotic toolbox of platforms and sensors.

Peter Voorhans, MEC TS Global Improvement Leader at Dow: “Our primary goal is increasing safety; by using robots, we bring back the number of confined space entries, make working at high altitudes safer and even diving under water is done by robots. It is not only safer, but working with robots is also more efficient and yields more consistent data that further improves maintenance work. 48.000 hours of confined space entry have been avoided by the use of robots.”

Second prize in the Scaling of a Robotic Solution was awarded to Total for their ATEX-type of ground robot which was able to execute many operational tasks in both tele-operated and autonomous mode.

Nexxis was the first place winner of the SPRINT Robotics Award for New Innovative Technology in Inspection, Maintenance or Cleaning.
Magneto, designed and developed by Nexxis, is the next generation of multi-limbed, climbing inspection robots that are able to exceed the mobility and versatility of operations from current inspection solutions. Magneto provides an autonomous and spatially aware robotic platform, using advanced sensors and cameras coupled with artificial intelligence (AI).

Jason De Silveira, Director at Nexxis commented: “Nexxis has focused on a collaboration framework together with our partners CSIRO Data61 and NERA to ensure our robotics roadmap delivers the outcomes our customers are looking for. Magneto is focused on providing the dexterity needed to manipulate in order to become part of the autonomous intelligent working robot. Winning the award is validation that we are in fact on track in the technology space and very humbling.”

Other winners in the category New Innovative Technology in Inspection, Maintenance or Cleaning were:
2nd place, Diakont, for the Diakont Underwater Robotics Decontamination tool used in nuclear power plants;
3rd place, RoNik Inspectioneering, for the RoNik UT drone which can execute a number of different tasks for tank shell and roof plates.

The SPRINT Robotics Awards are awarded annually. This year they were presented on October 22nd in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, during the conference banquet of the SPRINT Robotics World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics 2019. The winners were selected by means of a majority vote by the SPRINT Robotics Program Committee.

About SPRINT Robotics
Launched in 2015, the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative is a global not-for-profit foundation, driven by asset owners and operators to promote the development, availability, application and commercialization of robotics techniques in technical inspections and maintenance of capital-intensive infrastructure.

With industry progress and acceptance of inspection and maintenance robotics globally, the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative network continues to grow at a rapid speed. Participants include asset owners and operators, technology developers and suppliers, and service providers in the robotic inspection and maintenance field around the world.

CONTACT
Catherine Reijans, SPRINT Robotics
catherine.reijans@sprintrobotics.org
+31 (0)35 760 06 85

Photos courtesy of the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative / Marlou Pulles

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Southeast Asia Roadshow: November 2019

This November, SPRINT Robotics is organizing its first roadshow in Southeast Asia with events Malaysia and Singapore. The roadshow will take the latest market-ready digital and robotic technologies from the SPRINT community to the doorstep of potential end users.

The roadshow will start with two events in Malaysia, before heading to Singapore for a full week of showcasing. Our hosts include BASF, Chevron, Petronas, Singapore Refining Company and Vopak.

The roadshow will culminate in open technology demonstration day to be held on November 28th at the ASPRI Integrated Training Centre (AITC) in Singapore.


Southeast Asia Roadshow Itinerary
20 November – Malaysia – BASF Petronas Gebeng
21 November – Malaysia – Vopak Terminal Kerteh KTSB
25 November – Singapore – Singapore Refining Company
26 November – Singapore – Vopak Terminal Sakra
27 November, morning – Singapore – Chevron Oronite
27 November, afternoon – Singapore – Vopak Penjuru
28 November – Singapore – Technology Demonstration Day – ASPRI Integrated Training Centre (AITC)

Participating Companies
the participants at each roadshow stop will vary; all of the following companies will be attending the Technology Demonstration Day
• Baker Hughes GE Inspection Robotics
• Cybernetix
• Dandong Top Electronics Instrument (DDTOP)
• Eddify
• Nexxis
• Olympus
• ROSEN
• StoneAge Tools
• Texplore / SCG

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Participation is free, registration is compulsory

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Guidelines for the Application of Robotics for In-service Inspection of Aboveground Storage Tanks

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The “Guidelines for the Application of Robotics for In-service Inspection of Aboveground Storage Tanks” aim to facilitate an accelerated yet responsible adoption of routine in-service robotic inspections for storage tanks floors. SPRINT Robotics, as part of the SPRINT Robotics Roadmap, has developed this guideline to set minimum operational quality standards and promote uniformity in the operational procedures carried out by different organizations.

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Global Inspection and Maintenance Robotics Week

The Global Inspection and Maintenance Robotics Week is coming to Rotterdam! Learn more about how SPRINT Robotics is fast-tracking the market readiness of robotic solutions for inspection and maintenance.

MONDAY 21 OCTOBER
12:30 – 17:00 RIMA Open Call Summit
4th floor, Van Weelde Zaal, De Doelen

17:00 – 19:00 Pre-Conference Networking Event
3rd floor, Willem Burger Foyer, De Doelen

 

TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER
8:30 – 17:30 World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics
De Doelen

19:00 – 22:30 Conference Banquet
SS Rotterdam

 

WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER
8:30 – 17:30 World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics
De Doelen

 

THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER
9:00 – 17:00 SPRINT Robotics Global Participant Meeting
3rd and 4th floors in De Doelen
18:00 – 21:30 SPRINT Robotics Participant Networking Dinner

 

FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER
9:00 – 14:00 SPRINT Robotics Program Committee Meeting
Rotterdam Marriott Hotel

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SPRINT Robotics World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics 2019: Rapid developments, long-term industry priorities, market trends

Industry leaders from around the globe gather in Rotterdam on October 22-23 for the World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics 2019, organized by the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative.
The two-day conference and exhibition focus on the rapid developments, long-term industry priorities, and trends in the market of robotic techniques for inspection, cleaning & maintenance of capital-intensive infrastructure.

About the World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics 2019
SPRINT Robotics continues to grow at a rapid pace, not only in Participant numbers, but also with the expansion to other industry sectors. The program at the World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics 2019 reflects this, covering a broad scope of asset and industry sectors, ranging from pressure vessels and storage tanks; petrochemical and energy to public and water infrastructure, aerospace, subsea and next generation technologies.

The two-day conference program includes a prominent line-up of keynote speakers from leading companies: among others are Rebecca Wiles, Head of Upstream Technology at BP, Frits Eulderink, member of the Executive Board and COO of Royal Vopak, and Professor David Lane, director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, as well as 48 speaker presentations from notable industry specialists. The exhibition features more than 50 global service and technology providers, live demos, poster sessions, and in collaboration with Holland Robotics, the Holland Pavilion which showcases Dutch universities, companies and innovation initiatives who are making significant progress in the development of inspection and maintenance robotics.


Highlights at the World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics 2019
The official presentation of the “Guidelines for the Application of Robotics for In-service Inspection of Above Ground Storage Tanks” kicks off the opening conference day. The guidelines aim to facilitate an accelerated yet responsible adoption of in-service robotic inspection for storage tanks.
A special evening banquet will be held on the iconic SS Rotterdam, the former flagship of the Holland America Line, featuring Thomas Krueger of the European Space Agency as the keynote speaker. During the banquet three SPRINT Robotics Awards will be presented for: Groundbreaking Collaborative Work towards Acceptance of Inspection and Maintenance Robotics, Scaling of a Robotic Solution, and New Innovative Technology in Inspection, Maintenance or Cleaning.
On October 21st, the day prior to the conference, the European RIMA Network (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance) will host an Open Call Summit. The Open Call Summit gives SMEs and end users a chance to interact, providing an opportunity to gain further knowledge about RIMA’s Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and current developments about the Open Call, which includes 8.1M€ in equity-free funding for technology transfer and development in I&M robotic applications.

The SPRINT Robotics World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics 2019 will take place on October 22-23, 2019 at the De Doelen International Conference Centre in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.
www.sprintrobotics.org/conference/

For the latest news and updates about the World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance Robotics 2019 follow the conference and exhibition on Twitter at #SPRINTconf www.twitter.com/SPRINTRobotics, and join SPRINT Robotics on LinkedIn.

 


About SPRINT Robotics
Launched in 2015, the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative is a not-for-profit global foundation, driven by asset owners and operators to promote the development, availability, application and commercialization of robotics techniques in technical inspections and maintenance of capital-intensive infrastructure. SPRINT Robotics aims to achieve field use of inspection and maintenance robotics of capital-intensive infrastructure assets on a large scale to address immediate needs and long-term industry priorities: connect the value chain, develop best practices, fast-track innovations, remove barriers to entry, encourage knowledge sharing, and reduce cost, increase quality and control the risk of inspection activities.
With industry progress and acceptance of inspection and maintenance robotics globally, the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative network continues to grow at a rapid speed. Participants include asset owners and operators, technology developers and suppliers, and service providers in the robotic inspection and maintenance field around the world.

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CONTACT
Catherine Reijans
catherine.reijans@sprintrobotics.org
+31 (0)35 760 06 85

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RIMA Open Call Summit – Information and Matchmaking

The RIMA network will host an afternoon of information and matchmaking on October 21st, 2019 in De Doelen, Rotterdam.
The Open Call Summit gives SMEs and end users a chance to interact, providing an opportunity to gain further knowledge about RIMA, Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and current developments about the open call.

With the Open Call, RIMA (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance) supports financially and technically 50 cross-border experiments involving European small and medium-sized enterprises through two Open Call rounds (2019/2020) with a total amount of 8.1M€. Successful candidates will receive equity-free funding for technology transfer and development in I&M robotic applications, along with training and mentoring. Read more here.

WHY PARTICIPATE?

  • Meet with end users and SMEs from different industries
  • Hear about real life challenges and network with end users
  • Find partners for the open call
  • Meeting place for players from the entire value chain

PROGRAM
Monday, 21 October 2019 | 12:30-17:00 u.
Registration and lunch
Welcome
Introduction to the RIMA Open Call and the DIH Network
End user presentations:
– Jürgen Moors, BASF
– Tuula Ruokonen, Valmet
Including other speakers
Pitches from SMEs and matchmaking workshops

Register today! https://shop.sprintrobotics.org/collections/rima

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