High-Access Survey Robot

High-Access Survey Robot

  • Introduction
  • Key Specifications
  • Behind the Scene
  • Timeline of Development
  • New Sense of Purpose
  • Video

Timeline of Development

2011

Late March Could ASIMO be of use at Fukushima?

Honda fields queries such as this from a number of concerned customers. Many on the ASIMO development team are thinking the same thing.

April 1 Discussions with Honda R&D President Yamamoto

The ASIMO development team meets with President Yoshiharu Yamamoto to discuss the feasibility of adapting ASIMO technology for use at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station. The President swiftly approves the project.

June Three-way joint venture between TEPCO, Honda and AIST

Development project is launched as a joint venture between TEPCO, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Honda R&D, with the three parties vowing to work closely together and pool information during the development process.

June to August Functionality and specifications

After numerous meetings with TEPCO, it is agreed that the primary function of the robot will be opening and closing valves on pipes within the station. The team begins work on the specifications for the robot.

October 31 Testing of valve opening and closing operation

Completion of extensive testing of prototype task-performing robot arm at a TEPCO facility similar to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station.

Development period for valve operating robot arm (approx. 3 months)
November 8 Announcement of prototype task-performing robot arm

Successful completion of the prototype is formally announced just three months after commencement of the initial design work.

Announcement of prototype task-performing robot arm

2012

April 3 From dedicated valve operating robot to high-access survey robot

The development of the original task-performing robot arm for opening and closing valves proceeds briskly, with countless modifications and improvements.
Discussions with TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Stabilization Center reveal a much more important objective: inspection and monitoring of ceilings and other inaccessible locations. It was back to the drawing board for the robot design.

Development period for high-access robot arm (approx. 7 months)
October 17 Validation testing at the nuclear power station

Joint testing is conducted with AIST of the new prototype for over a month inside the nuclear power station, which is not in operation and has a similar design to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Validation testing at the nuclear power station
November 16 High-Access Survey robot arm approved for use

Officials from the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Stabilization Center inspect the robot during testing at the nuclear power station and declare it suitable for the restoration effort at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

2013

January to mid-March Joint functionality testing with TEPCO

Joint testing and operational training based on a range of scenarios is conducted together with the TEPCO engineers chosen to operate the robot at Fukushima.

Joint functionality testing with TEPCO
March 25 Delivery day arrives

At 6:30 pm, with the packaging and loading complete, the robot finally departed for the TEPCO Fukushima Revitalization Headquarters, carrying with it the hopes and aspirations of the proud development team. Preparations for the start of the robot’s operation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station are now underway.

Delivery day arrives!
June 18 Start operation

The High-Access Survey Robot Arm began working inside the reactor building at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station after innumerable modifications and specifications updates.

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