Robotics

Innovation in terms of processing and conditioning of radioactive waste and materials induces unprecedented challenges in this field, notably relating to the overlapping of industrial, social, economic, political, safety and ethics in relation to present and future generations.

Thanks to its expertise among industry players, SYNEOX develops and markets innovative tools for industrial robotics that meet these specific constraints: irradiating environment exposure, performing arduous and repetitive tasks, procedures and compliance, critical interventions…

The process a brief overview

The secured SX0 occultation robot is a mobile automated system for C1/C4 concrete package sealing operations.

Its main function is the vibration of concrete (and/or ceramic) specific in sealing, in order to optimise the mechanical resistance of the biological protection.

SX0 is also equipped with a 3D scanning system, for the very accurate characterisation of the dimensional data of the seal and its surface integrity.

The robot incorporates concrete hydration operations, water curing and can be fitted with a washing system with low-pressure automated needles, for surface decontamination.

Syneox innovation

Piloting assistance: The operator uses the robot in an intuitive manner, the actions do not require any specific competence. The various processes run automatically and are contextualised. Only process starts are controlled by the operator.

The advantages

  • Control by tactile tablet (Zigbee link)
  • Automated production of a report at the end of the process, specifying the action taken on the concrete and validating the seal produced
  • Automatic berthing
  • Displacement of robot on the packages by crossing mode (2 directions)

Technical characteristics

  • 800 kg
  • Power: Electric
  • Speed: 0 to 20m/min
  • Height: 2200 mm
  • Width: 2140 mm
  • Length: 2000 mm
  • Operating time (configurable): 6-12 min excluding concrete placement
  • Vacuum Measurement and final seal: 45 seconds
  • Washing: 2 min
  • Concrete Vibration: 3 min
  • Hydration: 2 min
  • Water curing: 2 min
  • Concrete load to vibrate: 400 kg
  • Power supply: Single phase240 V – 50 Hz – 20 A

A brief overview of the robot

The SX1 is a robot dedicated to monitoring nuclear sites. A displacement system based on caterpillar tracks allows it to move in areas with differences in level and overcome small obstacles (up to 80 cm).

It is topped with a 3D infrared camera allowing it to map the environment in which it operates, while differentiating moving obstacles from static obstacles. It is therefore able to explore unfamiliar areas and to find its way in complete autonomy.

Thanks to technology derived from the space industry, Syneox has developed a protection system against gamma rays. A dosimeter embedded in the robot reads and measures radioactivity in real time.

The SX1 robot operates in a fleet (20 to 30 robots are sufficient to monitor a nuclear power plant). Thanks to bases recharged by electro-magnetic induction, the robots synchronise, exchange data and are dispersed over the zone by the centralised intelligence. SX1 also records locally all the information it receives.

Technical Characteristics

  • Dimensions
  • Weight
  • Autonomy
  • Measurement technology: raster scan, radar, lidar
  • Temperature, pressure and dosimetry sensors; association with items with a Signature RFID. 

The advantages of SX1

  • Fully autonomous fleet operation (20 to 30 robots)
  • Mapping of locations and radiation zones
  • Obstacle clearance up to 80 cm

A brief overview of the robot

The SX2 package control system is a fixed automated system for the characterisation of the physical and radiological data of a package before shipping and storage.

Its function is surface analysis by 3D system to ensure integrity and the conducting of dosimetry mapping. A weighting control completes the metrological analysis.

At the end of the process, an analysis report is produced, various information enabling the accurate classification of the package according to the guidelines of the storage agency (ANDRA – France).

Throughout the proceedings, the operator is assisted by the interface and supervises the operation remotely, minimising the dosimetry induced during their control actions.

Technical Characteristics

  • Weight: 230 kg
  • Power: 4 W
  • Sampling rate per package: 4 min

Description

A manipulator fitted with digitalised axes:

  • Vertical for cylinder control
  • Horizontal for upper and lower verification of the package sides
  • An axis comprising the 3D Player, radiation meter and camera.

A carousel for rotating the package by friction wheel (polyurethane coating) resting on weighing gauges for acquisition of the mass.

A brief overview of the camera

The remote-controlled camera is an embedded system for viewing impossible to access areas dangerous for humans (circuits, tanks, exchangers…).

This camera is suitable for the inspection of very highly irradiated enclosures.
The camera system is connected to a terminal by a cable of a length ranging from 20 to 25 meters. A reel contributes in the deployment and retrieval of the camera.

The advantages

  • Time-stamped photographs or video taken remotely
  • High definition environment capture
  • Infrared vision for taking pictures during the day as well as night
  • The interface includes an artificial navigation assistance to easily move the camera:
    • modifiable viewing angles in real time
    • 180° tilt and 350° rotating camera head

Technical Characteristics

  • Weight: 2,8 kg
  • Power: 300 W
  • Diameter: 52 mm
  • Length: 148 mm
  • Focus: 10 m
  • Sensor resolution: 3000*2000 pixels