Based out of his shed, Chris explored various robotic forms including a wheel of suction feet and track methods. In 2017, Chris took the leap to work full-time on BladeBUG.
As the offshore wind industry enters a rapid phase of growth, the challenges to keeping turbines spinning and optimised grow with it.
At BladeBUG we are developing advanced robots to assist technicians in the inspection and repair of turbine blades, without the need for rope access.
Robots and humans working together can do great things. Our vision is for automation and robotics to play its part in ensuring safe, scalable growth of the offshore wind industry.
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In 2017 Chris settled on a six-legged version of the robot, capable of adapting to various forms for grip and movement.
During 2017 and 2018 BladeBUG explored and tested various elements of the robot design to ensure maximum results from the smallest and simplest form possible.
The BladeBUG Mk1 robot was complete and capable of securely gripping all areas of a blade.
During 2019 and 2020 our team has grown to seven full-time staff and the robot has evolved to a full walking and surface scanning demonstrator.
During 2020 development work took place on non destructive test and repair capabilities for the robot.
In October 2020, the BladeBUG robot successfully walked on a 7WM offshore wind turbine in Scotland.
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