European Seminar

Driving Robotic Innovation in Inspection & Maintenance Across Industries

Robotic technology is developing fast, and accelerating the market uptake of robotics critically relates to the ability of society to usefully apply new technologies. The utilization of inspection and maintenance (I&M) robotics now spans across a range of industries, including energy distribution and generation, transportation, water, oil and gas, nuclear, and more. The drivers between different industries vary, however, there are synergies that can help facilitate the market uptake.
SPRINT Robotics, in collaboration with RIMA, presents a half-day seminar on September 8, 2020. This free virtual event will explore the application and potential impact of robotics across different industries.

September 8, 2020
13:30 CEST

The seminar is free of charge, registration is required.


The Speakers
Speakers will be representatives of end user organizations (ie. asset owner/operators) with a good overview of the challenges and solutions in inspection & maintenance robotics. They will focus on outlining the steps their organizations have taken to introduce digital and robotics technologies in inspection & maintenance, challenges they have faced in their sectors touching on topics such as operational practice, availability of services, contracting issues, creating trust and assurance of new solutions and technological challenges.


Who should attend
This seminar is an excellent opportunity for all actors in the value chain to learn about critical success factors for implementing robotic solutions in inspection & maintenance, across different industries.


The Program
The day will start with insights from a keynote speaker, followed by industry presentations from various sectors, such as:
– Transport infrastructure and hubs (rail, road, ports, airports)
– Nuclear
– Energy generation and distribution
– Oil & Gas
– Water industry
Three robotic demonstrations will be showcased.
Nineteen projects from the 1st open call by RIMA, which were selected to be funded, will be briefly introduced and just to summarize and wrap-up the whole program, a panel discussion will be promoted.


Seminar program

Welcome message by Ekkehard Zwicker, SPRINT Robotics EU Coordinator            13:30

Key Note Presentation by Morten Bjerkholt, Eelume                                                   13:40

Industry Presentations

Nuclear Industry by Rob Buckingham, UK Atomic Energy Authority                         14:10

Aerospace Industry by James Kell, Rolls Royce                                                              14:30

Water Industry by Maria José Chesa, Barcelona Water Cycle,

Municipality of Barcelona                                                                                                 14:50

Coffee break (10 min)                                                                                                      15:10

Oil & Gas Industry by Mathijs Kossen, Vopak                                                                15:20

Transport infrastructure Industry by Lars Fuhr Pedersen, Sund & Bælt                   15:40

RIMA 1st call funded projects                                                                                           16:00

Panel Discussion                                                                                                                 16:30

End of seminar                                                                                                                   17:15


About RIMA
RIMA is a European project to drive innovation in robotics for I&M by establishing a pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs. The objective of RIMA is to reinforce the leadership of Europe in I&M robotics by connecting technology to industrial/sectorial needs and foster efficient cross border cooperation in Europe.
The RIMA consortium consists of 15 leading research organizations from different European countries and seven organizations representing end users from different sectors.
The RIMA Project is funded by the European Community.

The seminar is free of charge, registration is required.