buckingham Dr. Rob Buckingham
OC Robotics
Managing Director
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Session 4C Presentation 1
"Industrial Snake-Arm Robots"
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One-on-One Table: No

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OC Robotics has been developing and selling snake-arm robots since 2001.  This presentation will describe four activities in the nuclear sector including two successful projects at nuclear power plants in Sweden and Canada.  These projects used purpose built snake-arms with 14, 21, 16 and 20 degrees of freedom and of varying length and function.  Operational experience of using snake-arm robots for remote handling activities including grasping, handling, swabbing, water jetting, welding, laser cutting, swaging and sealing will be described.  Work with DTRA on small diameter snake-arms of 0.5inch diameter will also be described.

Dr. Rob Buckingham co-founded OC Robotics in 1997 with Andrew Graham.  The company has focused on developing snake-arm robots that are specifically designed to operate in confined spaces.   OC Robotics customers have included: Airbus, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing, Areva, EDF, Ontario Power Generation, Sellafield, UK MOD and US DOD.  Rob has been Managing Director of OC Robotics since 2001.  Prior to OC Robotics, Rob was a lecturer at the University of Bristol and worked for the UKAEA at Culham Labs.  He has a PhD in robotics from the University of Bristol and a BSc and MEng from the Special Engineering Programme, Brunel University, London and was a National Engineering Scholar.  He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.  In 2009, Rob was jointly awarded The Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal.  In the same year OC Robotics won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and the British Engineering Excellence Award.

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