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  • Robotic superhero meets identical twin in fusion energy machine

    03 August 2022

    A highly dextrous, Jenga-playing robot with a human touch used to maintain a fusion energy machine has met its identical superhero twin for the first time. Both known as MASCOT, the identical manipulators are being put through their paces in a series of practice ‘rescue missions’ where each saves its stranded sibling to limit potential disruption to world-leading fusion energy research at the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)....

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  • The August 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available!

    01 August 2022

    The August 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Offshore Oil & Gas, Motors & Drives, and Chemicals, as well as PPTEx Supplement #17 with articles on Gas Detection and Wearable Sensors. Read it now!...

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  • Underground autonomous ‘Ratty the Robot’ makes pipe inspections safer

    31 May 2022

    Robotics experts at the Manufacturing Technology Centre have developed an autonomous robotic rat which can scurry along underground pipes carrying out inspection work. The invention has the potential for cost and efficiency savings for utility companies as well as reducing human exposure to hazardous environments and preventing pipework leaks....

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  • Robotic snake solves fusion energy pipework challenge

    31 May 2022

    A new laser-welding ‘robotic snake’ developed by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has demonstrated its capability to operate inside of fusion energy powerplant pipework and is now patented technology....

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  • The May 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available!

    29 April 2022

    The May 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Hydrogen, Human Factors, Pipelines, and Safety Valves, as well as PPTEx Supplement #16 with articles on mobile analytical technology for detecting natural gas leaks and new technologies helping to improve worker safety. Read it now!...

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Augmented reality will be a vital tool for bridging the oil and gas industry’s skills gap, new report says 29 April 2022

According to a new report from data and analytics company, GlobalData, the oil & gas industry needs to capitalise on emerging technologies such as augmented reality (AR) to accelerate the training of a new generation of workers or be left paralysed in the face of disruption. The report says that the COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitics, and energy transition expectations have caused the industry’s skills gap to slip down company’s agendas....

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COVID-19 boosts adoption of virtual reality in the oil and gas industry, new research shows 01 March 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a shift to remote working, which has boosted the adoption of virtual reality (VR) by oil and gas companies for training, collaboration, and data visualization, new research has said. Data analysts GlobalData, which conducted the research, says the shift is likely to persist even though most employees have now returned to offices....

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Hazardex Awards 2023 14 September 2021

The Hazardex Awards programme has long been a benchmark for those supplying products, services and systems within hazardous areas. The awards offer Hazardex readers the ability to play their part in raising awareness and standards across the sector by nominating a company, product or service, entering their vote, and encouraging colleagues to do likewise....

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Emergency evacuations – ensuring efficient and reliable roll calls 24 August 2021

The fire drill has been a familiar event throughout the lives of most people. From termly practice runs at school through to the regular office drills, we’ve all experienced the scheduled interruption to the day to file out in an orderly fashion and assemble at a designated meeting point....

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Rescue robot developed for disaster recovery in hazardous environments 28 June 2021

A remotely-operated rescue robot built to help with disaster recovery in hazardous industrial environments has been developed by an engineering firm for Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria. In the event of an incident the robot, developed by UK-based company Forth, can be sent in remotely and operated at a safe distance from a command and control centre....

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