The world’s first, fully designed approved ‘EX-rated’ robotic camera inspection device – Magneto-EX – was officially launched in Perth last week by Nexxis, a WA-based robotics firm.
Magneto-EX is a robot crawler which features a spider-like device and magnetic feet. It is the first system suitable for safe use in hazardous area inspections, hence the ‘EX’ rating. Despite there being many clear drivers for EX-rated robotic inspection systems, none have been developed up until now.
Jason De Silveira, Nexxis’ Managing Director, said Magneto-EX is a game changer not only for the oil and gas sector, but any industry where there is a need for hazardous, confined space inspections.
Working in conﬁned spaces is estimated to be 100 to 150 times more hazardous than operating on an open site. By their nature, confined spaces are not designed for people to work in with poor ventilation allowing for hazardous atmospheres to quickly develop. Magneto-EX is billed as a major step toward safer inspections in the most hazardous workspaces.
Professor Peter Klinken, WA Chief Scientist, believes companies like Nexxis are a “prime example of how innovative and technological expertise” can be found in startups and individuals in WA.
Magneto-EX has been developed with the financial assistance and industry support of NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) as well as CSIRO’s Data61 and SixDe.
NERA’s CEO Miranda Taylor says it has been exciting to help Nexxis on their journey.
NERA is an independent not for profit company funded through federal government grants and collaborative programs by state/territory governments, industry and the science and research community. NERA is working with Nexxis’ partners to catalyse low emissions and digital technologies to support Australia’s energy transition, and to grow innovative SMES and supply chains.
What’s next for Magneto-EX
The next immediate step for Nexxis is to partner with some early adopters in industry and trial and refine the device, leading to a commercially available version sometime next year.
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