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(The Pipe Traveler)

Savannah River National Laboratory

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Technology Marketing SummaryThe Orangutanktm is a remote controlled, tethered robotic platform for traveling from one pipe to another using a network of vertical pipes for support. DescriptionThe Orangutanktm combines specialized robotic grippers to provide gripping and rotational capability to maneuver from pipe-to-pipe without ever having to descend to the floor.  The extending and retracting arms allow for reaching between the vertical pipes, maintaining a constant grip by one arm while swinging into position for a stronghold by the other arm.  The flexible and extendable arms of the Orangutanktm allow for variances in pipe spacing and configurations.

No other robotic platform can negotiate vertical pipe forests to achieve the desired travel of this device.  It is designed to allow it to "swing" from one pipe to another similar to its namesake, the orangutan who swings from tree linb to tree limb in order to navigate the forest.

 (Short video clip available for viewing on Savannah River National Laboratory Tech Transfer Website)
  • unique maneuverability
  • manual or computer controlled operation
  • numerous industrial applications
  • multiple payload capabilities
Applications and IndustriesWhile the Orangutanktm was originally designed for inspection, sampling and removal of radioactive waste products, the capabilities of the equipment would also allow for its use in any application involving a forest of vertical pipes such as remote chemical cleanup operations, construction or demolition activities, and petrochemical processes.More InformationShort video clip available for viewing on Savannah River National Laboratory Tech Transfer WebsiteTechnology Status
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