Quadruped Robots Deployed in Singapore & South Korea

In Singapore, DEEP Robotics' quadruped robots were used for power tunnel inspections, whilst in South Korea, the robots were deployed in a factory production line management project By Joe Macey / 19 Apr 2024
Quadroped Robots Deployed in Singapore & South Korea
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DEEP Robotics’ quadruped robots are displaying their capabilities in Singapore and South Korea in the power industry and on factory production lines.

In Singapore, DEEP Robotics, in collaboration with partner EGP, is participating in the AMR SPPG Tunnel Project of the Singapore Powergrid (SPPG).

This project utilizes quadruped robots for power tunnel inspections and integrates related detection systems to provide early warnings for emergencies.

This is said to be the first time domestically-produced quadruped robots have been involved in overseas power industry applications. The relevant team has conducted extensive training and deployment locally.

“Additionally, in South Korea, a factory production line management project employs DEEP Robotics quadruped robots for line meter recognition, tray handling, and component picking,” said Zheng Dongxin, Product Manager of DEEP Robotics.

According to DEEP Robotics, public information shows that the industrial-grade quadruped robot has served more than 100 clients in 26 provinces and cities in China including Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Hebei, Shandong, Zhejiang, Hubei, and Anhui.

Moreover, in countries such as Singapore and South Korea, several DEEP Robotics industry projects have also been implemented, marking the first overseas industry application of domestically-produced quadruped robots.

During the recent Spring Festival, quadruped robots stood guard at a certain ±800kV converter station in Hunan Province. Faced with significantly increased pressure on power guarantee during the Spring Festival, it utilized its superior full-process autonomous inspection capabilities and 24-hour all-weather operation capabilities. Equipped with a dual-light gimbal and a series of equipment modules, it replaced humans in conducting inspections in complex and dangerous industrial environments, helping companies identify potential risks, ensuring the smooth operation of Spring Festival power maintenance, and allowing everyone to celebrate the festival with peace of mind.

In a substation in Anhui, the “robot dog + drone” low-altitude integrated intelligent operation and maintenance inspection was carried out, achieving autonomous inspection, automatic defect identification, timely detection of equipment operation abnormalities, and improving the reliable power supply capacity of the substation.

At a power station in Guangdong, quadruped robots conducted inspections tirelessly against wind and rain. Compared with traditional intelligent robots, its inspection point quantity increased by 60%. Equipped with dual-light gimbal cameras, it can identify 30 types of power equipment defects and read 9 types of meter readings.

Previously, to achieve full coverage of intelligent equipment in substations, at least 9 intelligent robots were required. Now, with just one quadruped robot, it can be achieved, saving 70% of the investment in intelligent operation and maintenance costs. Unlike drones, quadruped robots have rich external device mounting capabilities. The project team attempted to mount a high-precision force-controlled six-axis mechanical arm on the robot body, enabling it to assist in maintenance, support emergency safety operations, and perform emergency breaker operations with high precision under extreme conditions.

In a 220 kV cable tunnel in Fujian, maintenance personnel used quadruped cable inspection robots to comprehensively diagnose the health of power equipment. According to media reports, it can timely detect 95% of cable line surface defects, overheating faults, and channel fires, significantly improving inspection efficiency.

At the receiving-end station of a ±1100 kV ultra-high voltage direct current transmission line in Anhui, maintenance personnel used quadruped robots and other intelligent devices to conduct inspections to ensure the safe operation of power equipment. With the help of intelligent AI algorithms, autonomous collection, identification, calculation, and diagnostic analysis of equipment status and other data can be achieved.

In the 8-meter underground power gallery in Hangzhou, since the 19th Asian Games, DEEP Robotics’ quadruped robots have been working for more than half a year.

State Grid Zhejiang Electric Power Research Institute, DEEP Robotics, MY Software, and other units have collaborated to perceive the environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity, harmful gas concentrations, and smoke density in the gallery through quadruped robots, and real-time monitoring of cable operation indicators such as protective layer circulation, partial discharge, and operating temperature.

With the help of daily intelligent autonomous inspection and weekly intelligent active detection of new equipment, staff only need to inspect once every six months and conduct live measurements once a year, making the work process more streamlined and the inspection results more accurate.

DEEP Robotics (Hall 5 D46-3) is set to participate in the Hannover Messe in Germany from April 22nd to 26th. At the event, the quadruped robot will make its debut, showcasing its capabilities.

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