ExRobotics, TU Darmstadt and Shell successfully demonstrated the autonomous version of the ExR-1 robot at Shell’s Pernis refinery.
Rotterdam, the Netherlands, August 24th, 2018
On August 6th to 8th at Shell’s Pernis refinery (The Netherlands), ExRobotics, Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt and Shell have successfully demonstrated the autonomous (follow the line) version of the ExR-1 surveillance robot. This line-following robot is an alternative to the remotely operated version which will be deployed at NAM in Q4-2018.
The autonomy function reduces the need for a human driver thus further saving costs and increasing predictability. This demonstration follows Shell’s successful remote-control test during which the robot operator was in Rio de Janeiro and the robot was in The Netherlands.
With this demonstration, we reached another big step for robotics in the digital age. The ExR-1.1 robot can create video & sound recordings that can be reviewed after the surveillance rounds, providing more consistent & auditable facility surveillance rounds. We expect to add gas detectors/alarms in the very near future followed by machine vision to analyse the recorded images and see & predict emerging issues even better.
The first ever operational robot of its kind, ExR-1, enables safe operation in areas that are hazardous and/or difficult to reach for human operators. The robot has an integrated self-docking and self-charging system and will be IECEx Zone 1 certified.
About Shell Pernis
Shell Pernis is the largest refinery in Europe and one of the largest refineries in the world. The company site offers, in addition to oil-processing plants, accommodation for chemical plants of Shell and other companies. In short: a large and important complex within the area of Rotterdam’s World Port
About ExRobotics B.V.
ExRobotics is a leading international company specialized in robotic solutions for potentially explosive facilities. It produces Ex-certified robots (ATEX and IECEx Zone 1) that can remotely carry out otherwise potentially hazardous safety checks at remote facilities.
About TU Darmstadt
TU Darmstadt’s SIM Group has demonstrated leading expertise in software technologies for autonomous robots through many successes at international robotic competitions. It is now bringing these technologies to commercialization for remote inspection and maintenance in capital intensive infrastructures through its spinoff Energy Robotics.