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Spot gets acoustic imaging

by Pieter Werner

Fluke Process Instruments, provider of infrared imaging and thermal profiling solutions for industrial applications, has partnered with Boston Dynamics to bring Fluke Process Instruments’ new SV600 Fixed Acoustic Imager capabilities to Boston Dynamics’ agile mobile robot Spot.

The SV600 Fixed Acoustic Imager enables users to detect, locate, and visualize air and gas leaks or changes in mechanical sound signatures across their process and equipment in real-time before they become costly problems. By using an array of sound sensors and SoundMap technology, the SV600 translates the sounds that it hears into a visual representation so you can quickly locate problem areas.

Hazardous environments

Designed to go where other robots can’t go and to perform a broad number of tasks, Spot traverses unstructured terrain to automate industrial inspections, monitor remote or hazardous environments and provide situational awareness in remote settings. The robot can also be reconfigured for various use cases to increase efficiency and greatly reduce safety risks. With the SV600 payload Spot will now be able to automate air and gas leak detection and identify mechanical sound signatures.

Inspection processes

“Customers have already expressed interest and seen value in the SV600 and Spot working together. Together they are proving to be invaluable in terms of workforce efficiency for large scale facilities, particularly for industries such as utilities, energy, automotive and beverages who are looking to automate their inspection processes,” says Herman Warnshuis, president, Fluke Process Instruments.

“With automated acoustic imaging that the SV600 brings, maintenance teams can visualize leaks or sound signature changes to factory equipment or assets, and prevent unscheduled maintenance and possible costly downtime, and at the same time improve factory safety by minimizing operator intervention. We’re excited to partner with Boston Dynamics to bring our acoustic imaging technology to new parts of the factory floor with Spot.”

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