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Łukasiewicz - PIAP introduces new EOD mobile robot (sponsored)

9th September 2020 - 09:54 GMT | by Industry Spotlight

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Łukasiewicz - PIAP has launched PIAP Patrol®, a new EOD mobile, medium-sized tracked robot designed for CBRN detection and reconnaissance and counter-IED purposes.

Because of its size and the motors used, PIAP Patrol® can be employed indoors, outdoors, and in a rough terrain. Its compact and modular design makes it possible to be transported even in a passenger car.

The robot is designed to be used by the military, police, or fire brigades. For that purpose, the robot has been tailored to carry a myriad of accessories, including armament used to neutralize IEDs (such as the RDS/CSL 50-40 Vulkan disrupter or Benelli M4 Super 90 shotgun with a camera and a holographic sight).

Its lightweight control panel fully supports the operating software of Logos Imaging’s portable X-ray systems, as well as CBRN sensors. Its dimensions and a drive system enable to carry out activities both inside a building and in difficult field conditions. Using a manipulator with 6 degrees of freedom and the gripping function of the gripper jaws, it is possible to pick up loads of up to 22kg, from up to 800m away in an open area. The manipulator has a 2m reach, with a wide motion range in each plane, allowing the operator to safely position the X-ray system in order to inspect the object from virtually any possible angle.

As the complete communication is carried out through the robot console, the operator does not have to worry about the operating range of the X-ray system comms: as long as the robot responses to the console, the X-ray generator will produce radiation, and the panel will take the image back to the same screen they are looking at while inspecting the object through the robot cameras.

PIAP Patrol®

PIAP Patrol® is an entirely new design making use of 2 decades of experience gathered by Ł-PIAP engineers.  It took them one year to develop that model. The purpose of that system is to replace the analog RMI robot that has been used so far, with a new, digital design  of a 100kg class.

Below, please find an outline of features of other selected robots offered by PIAP.

IBIS®

IBIS® is the heaviest of the PIAP robots . Weighing over 320kg and moving around on 6 wheels. IBIS may reach a speed of up to 10km/h in virtually any terrain conditions. The platform has been equiped with four independent cameras and a heavy duty, three-meter-long arm with six degrees of freedom. The arm may be fitted with a range of jaws or other tools that make it possible for the robot to carry out a number of different tasks. The tools include measurement devices, manipulators or a shotgun with a red dot sight or a recoilless disrupter. IBIS® could also be fitted with a CBRN reconnaissance kit.

PIAP GRYF®

PIAP GRYF® is a bomb disposal robot weighing 38kg with a payload capacity of 15kg. A wheeled-tracked drive solution provides this platform with a high degree of mobility. The wheels may be quickly dismantled which allows the tracked platform to reach narrow and hard to access spaces.

Low weight facilitates transporting the robot, making it quite portable. Its 1.9m arm can be equipped with a wide range of interchangeable tools.

PIAP FENIX®

PIAP FENIX® is a reconnaissance robot developed to carry out activities in combat conditions. It may be configured for a wide range of missions, including operations in confined spaces or outdoors. The platform has been designed for reconnaissance, transport and hazardous material handling purposes. Thanks to its tracked-wheeled design, the robot can move around in difficult terrain conditions, indoors and on staircases. Once the manipulator arm is attached, the user may utilize it within 1 meter radius.

TRM®

TRM® (Taktyczny Robot Miotany – Tactical Thrown Robot) is a small-size support system designed for operations in environments that are difficult to access and dangerous. The robot has been constructed as a response to threats and dangers of reconnaissance in operations undertaken by tactical units, prior to the execution of the operation proper. It is used by the entities responsible for public safety. The system, weighing 1.5kg, may be thrown through a window for instance. It is designed to withstand an impact when falling from the height of up to 9 meters, on a hard surface. TRM® may also be armed with a flashbang or tear gas grenade.

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Established in 1965 The Łukasiewicz Research Network -  Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measuerements PIAP is the leading center of robotics, automation, and industrial measurements in Poland. Over 250 employees, working in interdisciplinary teams, conduct research into new technologies. Our business involves responding to the needs and challenges of the Polish economy.

Łukasiewicz - PIAP is the first and largest Polish manufacturer of mobile robots for special applications, ie. for the domestic and foreign army, police, border guards and fire fighters. Robots and robotic devices are used in C-IED operations, surveillance and remote observation, border and infrastructure protection , search and rescue missions, crisis management, monitoring and patrolling, detection and CBRN threats analysis.

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The Łukasiewicz Research Network is Europe’s third largest R&D network, providing business with attractive, broad and competitive technological solutions. Łukasiewicz offers a unique “challenge system” powered by a group of 4,500 scientists, who under 15 working days take up a business challenge and present the entrepreneur with potential solutions. At the same time, it provides access to the cutting edge capabilities and unique scientific infrastructure in the country. Most importantly - the entrepreneur does not bear any costs associated with developing these research ideas. Łukasiewicz conveniently meets the expectations of business. The entrepreneur can contact Łukasiewicz through an online form, but also directly in over 50 locations of Łukasiewicz Institutes and their branches throughout Poland. Each location provides the same - high quality - product or service. Łukasiewicz's is focused on research areas such as: Health, Intelligent Mobility, Digital Transformation and Sustainable Economy & Energy.

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