RE2 Robotics creating controls to enhance ROV manipulation abilities



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RE2 Robotics Navy UAV

RE2 Sapien Sea Class arms mounted on the VideoRay Defender ROV. | Credit score: RE2 Robotics

Pittsburgh-based RE2 Robotics acquired an unspecified quantity of Part I Small Enterprise Innovation Analysis (SBIR) funding from the U.S. Navy. RE2, a 2021 RBR50 Robotics Innovation Award winner, will likely be creating “coupled management” for remotely operated automobiles (ROV) and robotic manipulators via a single management system.

The mission, referred to as “Coupled Locomotion And Manipulation System (CLAMS),” will mix the robotic arms’ management system and the ROV management system into one unit. RE2 stated this may enhance coordination of the underwater manipulator and the ROV’s actions.

CLAMS will allow topside operators to manage a system’s robotic arms and ROV concurrently utilizing one management station. That is made doable by combining the RE2’s new Coupled Distant Hyperlink Software program (CTRLS) and the System Unification Mannequin (SUM) to allow interoperability between ROV and robotic arms. CTRLS permits the topside ROV operator to ship mission objectives to the SUM module positioned on the car.

“At present, robotic arms and ROVs are managed with separate management techniques. CLAMS will allow each the robotic arms and the cellular platform to be operated with a single management unit,” stated Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO, RE2 Robotics. “Integrating these platforms will allow customers to extend effectivity by eliminating the necessity for an operator to watch two separate management stations whereas finishing a mission.”

Along with protection purposes, RE2 stated CLAMS will profit industries that use underwater manipulation techniques to conduct routine inspection and upkeep duties, such because the oil and gasoline and renewable vitality industries.

“The purpose of CLAMS is to enhance management of our RE2 Sapien Sea Class arms mounted on the VideoRay Defender ROV by addressing the 2 parts as a unified system,” acknowledged David Lee, director of product administration at RE2. “It will enable topside operators to have extra management over semi-autonomous operations whereas the built-in system is working underwater.”

That is the second ROV-related contract RE2 has received in a matter of months. In September 2021, it received a $9.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy to create an ROV to autonomously neutralize underwater mines. The system will use the RE2 Sapien Sea Class system to exactly place and fasten neutralization gadgets to underwater mines and water-borne improvised explosive gadgets (WBIEDs).

RE2 Robotics received an RBR50 Award for the event of a robotic answer for autonomous deployment of photo voltaic fields. The Out of doors Autonomous Manipulation of Photovoltaic Panels (O-AMPP) robotic system is able to each autonomously delivering and putting in photovoltaic (PV) modules.

Pedersen lately joined The Robotic Report Podcast to debate the evolution of the corporate, which was based in 2001. RE2 was centered almost 100% on protection work in 2016, however now the protection sector accounts for lower than one-third of its enterprise. You may hearken to that podcast beneath.