The Orangutank™ is a remote-controlled, tethered robotic platform for traveling from one pipe to another using a network of vertical pipes for support. It combines specialized robotic grippers to provide gripping and rotational capability to maneuver from pipe to pipe without ever having to descend to the floor.
The extending and retracting arms allow for reaching between the vertical pipes, maintaining a constant grip by one arm, while swinging into position for a stronghold by the other arm. The swinging process mimics its namesake, the orangutan, that swings from tree limb to tree limb in order to navigate the forest.
The flexible and extendable arms of the Orangutank allow for variances in pipe spacing and configurations. The platform may be operated manually or by computer, and can support multiple payload configurations. While the Orangutank originally was designed for inspection, sampling, and removal of radioactive waste products, the capabilities of the equipment would also allow for its use in any application involving a forest of vertical pipes such as remote chemical cleanup operations, construction or demolition activities, and petrochemical processes.