MHI Develops "MEISTeR " Disaster Recovery Support Robot with 2 A

MHI Develops "MEISTeR " Disaster Recovery Support Robot with 2 Arms Enabling
Light-duty Work Tasks 
- Broad Versatility for Carrying, Drilling and Valve Opening/Closing
Through Attachment Tool Changes - 
Tokyo, Dec 12, 2012 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI)
has developed a prototype of the "MEISTeR (Maintenance Equipment
Integrated System of Telecontrol Robot)," a two-armed robot to assist
recovery work after disasters or severe accidents by performing light-duty
tasks in areas inaccessible by humans. By changing its arms' attachment
tools, the robot can perform various tasks such as carrying objects, drilling
and opening/closing of valves. Going forward MHI will strive for further
improvements and explore demand for broad applications of the robot in crisis
The MEISTeR was developed based on the RaBOT (Radiation-proof Robot) delivered
by MHI to the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan Atomic Energy Research
Institute at that time) as one of several nuclear hazard response robots
developed in the wake of the criticality accident at the nuclear fuel
processing facility in Tokai-mura, Ibaraki, in 1999. MHI incorporated further
improvements into the MARS-D, the RaBOT's sister robot, leveraging
technology cultivated in the development of inspection and information
gathering robots for the nuclear power facility. The MEISTeR was developed to
be capable for undertaking work at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Stations
operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company. The MEISTeR provides enhanced
radiation protection, including anti-contamination measures, as well as
improved remote control capability. 
The MEISTeR's arms can perform free movements similar to those of human
arms using its 7-axis control system, and various tools can be attached to the
arm ends according to the work required. By attaching different tools to each
arm, the robot can undertake two different tasks simultaneously: for example,
grasp an object with one arm while performing another task, such as cutting,
with the other. Each arm can carry objects weighing up to 15kg. 
MHI has already developed drills, clamps and other dedicated tools for
specimen sampling. The company has also verified the robot's ability to
collect core samples 70mm in length from concrete walls or floors to examine
their contamination level. In measuring or decontamination work at
radiation-contaminated sites, robot operators can remotely control the robot
from a location safe from irradiation risk, monitoring and confirming the
robot's movements via images sent from multiple cameras installed on the
Besides its disaster support functions involving monitoring, inspection, and
collection of information and samples, the MEISTeR's versatility also
enables such varied tasks as moving of obstacles, decontaminating walls and
floors, cutting guardrails and pipes, and light repair work. 
MHI has been engaged in the development of disaster prevention support robots,
mainly for nuclear power stations, since 2000. Its achievements have attracted
the attention and interest of crisis management personnel in diverse fields,
including representatives of both the central and local governments as well as
private companies. 
Going forward, in addition to promoting its potential utilization at the
Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations, MHI will continue to develop more advanced
tools to enable new functions, in a quest to expand the possible application
areas of the MEISTeR not only in Japan but around the world. 
General specification of MEISTeR 

Dimension:         length:1,250mm, width:700mm, height:1,300mm
Weight:            440kg
Moving system:     Using 4 crawlers
Moving speed:      2km per hour
 performance:      This robot can climb up to 40-degree angle slopes
                   and steps with up to a 220mm gap.
Communication:     Wired and wireless.
Electric  source:  Wired and buttery (for 2 hours on single charge)
Robot arms:        Double arms with 7-axis control system. Each arm
                   can carry objects weighing up to 15kg.

About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one
of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated
sales of 2,820.9 billion yen in fiscal 2011, the year ended March 31, 2012.
MHI's diverse lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding,
power plants, chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures,
industrial and general machinery, aircraft, space rocketry and air-conditioning
systems. For more information, please visit the MHI website at 
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Hideo Ikuno
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