Commercial Robotics Systems

​The Company’s leadership at the forefront of space-based robotics has created advanced commercial robotic solutions that address Earth-based operational challenges in medicine, the nuclear industry, and industrial automation.

​The Company develops robotic solutions specifically for safety- and mission-critical applications that require a high degree of stability, accuracy, and dependability while operating beside, and with people. Medical robots augment surgical teams with remarkable precision through less-invasive procedures, and are capable of working inside Magnetic Resonance Imagers (MRIs). Nuclear robots designed for remote operation in dangerous environments protect people and exploit high levels of automation to improve workflows in a cost-effective manner. Industrial automation creates superior operational solutions that address real-world needs safely, and dependably. ​The Company is a leading proponent of soft automation, in which reliable safety-critical, mission-critical robotic solutions operate with humans in a complementary manner.

​The Company's commercial robotic solutions deliver a targeted technological solution that addresses the operational needs of customers. A proven systems engineering approach and 30 years of successful deployments ensures success with low development costs.

Nuclear

​The Company's automation and system engineering solutions for the nuclear power industry serve a diverse range of mission-critical inspection, maintenance, and remediation requirements within high-radiation environments common to nuclear power plants.

​The Company's nuclear capabilities include complete system design, development, and deployment of automated inspection and maintenance equipment, sensor development and integration, control system upgrades, and system operations support. ​The Company offers nuclear power utility operators a supplementary range of specialized engineering support and consultancy services for system engineering, operations planning, safety, reliability, design methodology, and failure assessment.

Relying on proven methodologies, ​the Company reduces the risk of project overruns and delays by determining how operators will use equipment at the beginning of the project definition phase rather than at the reactor site. Advance planning for potential failures and early prototype testing further mitigate risks, while testing and verification of equipment at each stage of development against the corresponding requirements before and during deployment are designed to address all potential problems.

An example of ​the Company’s robotic solutions for the nuclear industry is the Calandria Vault Inspection and Repair Manipulator (CVIRM) developed for Ontario Power Generation, operators of Ontario Hydro’s Pickering Nuclear Generating Station ‘A’. Controlled from a remote workstation, operators commanded the highly dexterous CVIRM robot inside the radioactive chamber via a very confined opening. The 14-metre robotic arm navigated through obstacles within the four-story reactor in a controlled and precise manner to check for possible corrosion and degradation, while radiation resistant cameras provided 360° views and high-resolution close-up images of the suspect parts at multiple inspection sites. ​The Company’s robotic solution provided a close-up look at carbon steel components and structural welds deep within the concrete walls of the reactor, capabilities representing significant financial and safety benefit of robotics to all nuclear power operators.

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Calandria Vault Inspection and Repair Manipulator (CVIRM)

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BRIMS Vault Inspection

 

ENGINEERING SERVICES: systematic and structured approach to help utilities reduce risk of project overruns

​The Company's Systems Engineering Services help utilities reduce risk of project overruns and delays by:

  • Planning in advance for failures and engineering results
  • Testing prototypes earlier
  • Determining how the equipment will be used at the beginning of the project definition phase, rather than at the reactor site
  • Testing and verifying equipment at each stage against corresponding requirements before and during deployment to the reactor site

​The Company uses a systematic and structured approach to tooling and equipment development established​ from the aerospace industry​. It is an iterative process to reduce inaccuracies at the concept, system and specification stages, and then verifies and inspects the design against these earlier requirements from the factory setting through to in-reactor installation and operations.

 

REMOTE CONTROLLED INSPECTION TOOLING AND ROBOTIC SYSTEMS: safety-critical systems in harsh environs

The Company is one of the world’s most experienced and trusted sources for a wide variety of sophisticated ground and space robotic solutions. All of the Company's solutions are targeted at safety-critical applications in harsh environments, with major deployments in the nuclear, space, medical, and mining industries.

The Company has been involved in the nuclear industry for over 25 years providing specialized equipment solutions and engineering services – including design, development, manufacturing, integration, test, and operations support of our deployed systems. Successful deployments include the Calandria Vault Inspection and Repair Manipulators (CVRIM), Light Duty Utility Arm System (LDUA), and the CIGAR control system upgrade.

For all these projects, the Company has used a systematic and disciplined approach to engineering and project management derived from our aerospace heritage.

 

SAFETY ASSESSMENTS AND THIRD PARTY REVIEWS: assessments and reports for pre-start health/safety reviews

​The Company has the specialized knowledge, resources, and experience in the preparation of safety assessments and hazard reports required to support pre-start health and safety reviews. In addition, ​the Company has program management and technical staff experienced in managing and executing large engineering development projects. This expertise has been utilized for independent third party reviews or oversight to assess the performance of large projects and provide recommendations for improvement.

Previous assessments and reviews include the Bruce Power Units 1 and 2 re-tube assessment and the Bruce Reactor Inspection and Maintenance System (BRIMS) safety and hazard risk assessment.


Medical

The Company develops custom medical robotic and automation solutions to improve health care through the intelligent application of technology.

Three generations of iconic space robotic systems have established the Company as a world leader in safety-critical, high-reliability technology. This work has driven a new generation of advanced Earth-based robotics for medical applications based on a rigorous process of innovation, system engineering, operational analysis, accelerated design, and best practices for safety-critical operating environments.

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image credit: CSii


NeuroArm Surgery
image credit: University of Calgary
 

MRI COMPATIBLE ROBOTICS, DEVICES AND TOOLS: systems to operate inside challenging environments

Systems to provide precise positioning of tools capable of operating inside the challenging environment of the MRI bore. Project neuroArm created a two armed tele-operated robotic system capable of performing neurosurgery. With the ability to scale motion, reduce tremor and provide haptic feedback, neuroArm can enhance a surgeon’s ability to perform delicate procedures.
 

IMAGE GUIDED AUTOMATED SOLUTIONS: connecting medical imagery to technology

Connecting medical imagery such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to intervention to simplify minimally invasive intervention. The Image Guided Robot project (IGAR) is a small, dexterous robot that enables remote manipulation of devices inside an Magnetic Resonance (RM) bore based on MRI image data.
 

MEDICAL DEVICE PRODUCT DEFINITION AND DEVELOPMENT: creating innovative solutions for the real world

The Company's expertise is capable of identifying needs, core value propositions, creating innovative solutions and implementing them in the real world. Synaptive’s BrightMatter drive project took a high-level concept of automating device positioning during neurosurgery, and created a product that seamlessly delivers a high-quality view of the surgical site to the surgeon with the press of a button.

New Products

​The Company provides intelligent robotic solutions that increase productivity and reduce human exposure in uncertain and hazardous environments.

Based on its decades of experience in orbital and space exploration robotic systems, ​the Company develops and delivers complete safety-critical robotic solutions for three broad market areas: security, advanced manufacturing, and unmanned vehicles. Robotic solutions for these markets are ideally suited to operating in semi-structured environments that can capitalize on a robot’s ability to capture real-time visual and sensor information for its operator, and to perform repeatable operations within changing or high-risk environments. ​The Company is a leading proponent of soft automation, in which robotic solutions work alongside humans in a complementary manner.

 

SECURITY: solutions for law enforcement, military and first responders

 

MINING AUTOMATION: solutions for underground mining to improve mining productivity

 

UNMANNED VEHICLES: autonomous guidance and navigation for commercial off-road vehicles

 

3D IMAGING AND VISION SYSTEMS: vision systems for space and terrestrial needs

 

INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION: reduce production costs and increase quality by automating manual processes