A Northumberland robotics company is set to play a major role in how dangerous facilities in the nuclear and oil and gas sectors are dismantled as part of a revolutionary new project. Blyth’s Tharsus Group – the reigning North East Company of the Year – is one of a number of companies involved in the Connect-R programme to design and build a robot capable of maintaining and decommissioning equipment in hazardous environments. Connect-R involves developing a robot that can combine artificial intelligence with advanced engineering techniques so that humans do not need to access the dangerous areas. The robot will be self-building and able to construct itself using “Meccano-like” sections that can be slotted into position. The system means Connect-R can construct itself into a robotic arm, articulating derrick or provide necessities like gas, water and power to the site when needed.
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