Research & Development at the KTV Group
The KTV Group focuses on development. We are constantly analyzing the market and looking for great input and inspiration from around the world.
We lead the world in development within our industry with a focus on quality, environment and health.
Our management team takes part in development and considers it the most important step in winning new customers and market areas.
We collaborate extensively with our partners at home and abroad, and our suppliers.
Ongoing R&D projects
Facade cleaning with drones
KTV Group has started developing a purpose-built drone to be used for facade and roof cleaning. A drone that is to be used for the tall buildings and high-rises.
We see that the development of drones has caught a tremendous pace, and the equipment and technology that is already on the market, is enabling this idea now. The result will be cheaper prices for customers, and it will solve tasks without the use of scaffolding, platforms or façade climbers. The solution is also very HSE friendly.
Maintenance agreements with duration of 5-20 years
In 2009 KTV Group started development of an entirely new type of maintenance agreements. A agreement that should have duration of 5-20 years. The intention of the agreements was simply, up in quality and down in price for the customers.
Already at the end of 2009, the concept was clear, and the first agreements was ready. The first agreements started with only exterior/facade cleaning, but was later expanded to include all of the maintenance of larger buildings or tank farms/equipment.
The company now have over 500,000 m2 surface in long-term contracts up to 20 years and is a pioneer in technology. The method is unique in the world.
Nano Coating roof tiles
Our methods with color added Nano Coating provides a longer lifetime, as well as to achieve a more reasonable treatment cost. In addition it achieves nice environmental effects, and that the roof stays free of moss and dirt.
The picture below shows old roof tiles, now treated with nano coating with color additive.
KTV Group Self Cleaner
In 2013 KTV Group started development where the goal was to find a new method for cleaning facades without using high pressure. Already in 2014 we started testing, and in early 2015 KTV Group method Self Cleaner was ready.
Since then, over 500,000 m2 facade been washed with this method, with very satisfying results. No use of high pressure and the same strain on the surface as normal rain. The best thing is that it in many cases actually gave a better result than normal high pressure washer. The method is now being used as a permanent method for cleaning facades.
Fullført // Nano coating outside concrete area
The picture shows a test area where nano coating has been applied to a concrete area. The application of nano coating was made before the fall of this year, and the goal of nano treatment is to prevent fouling and water ingress.
The picture is from a period when it has rained heavily in the test area, and the treated area is clearly beading.
The most startling result of the test was at low temperatures. The surface of the test site froze, but the area that was treated nano had no icing. Such a result shows that nano coating clearly can reduce the need for salt on the sidewalks, grounds and the like in the future.
Nano coating against toxic lid in Bergen
KTV Group is now working with several operators to reduce air pollution around the suburb Møllenpris. The goal is to document the effects by treating an area of 20,000 m2.
Several public monitoring stations will document the effect.
Nano coating on faceades
The goal is to achieve protection of building facades so that it is not necessary with high pressure for washing.
We have been working for several years to find the right solutions and good nano coating products. The aim has been to maintain clean buildings without using high pressure. The method has been tested for over two years, and the results clearly shows the advantages (see above image from test area).
The project started in 2013, and test finished 2015. Nano-coating improves the environment including the reduction of NOx, and reduces maintenance costs for customers.
Nano coating for mud skips
This project started in 2013, and the goal is to apply nano coating on mud skips so that the waste releases from surface during emptying. This will facilitate the process of cleaning.
The project will be saving operators of HSE challenges, and reduce waste and cost for customer.
We expect to test this in 2016.
Developed in collaboration with researchers from Norway and England.
Cleaning fresh water tunnels for Bergen Vann
KTV Group took first prize in a design contest organized by the Bergen Vann(Water) for development of new solutions. It’s KTV Group Oslo who has won the competition. General Manager of KTV Group Oslo, Thomas Nilsen, is naturally proud to have triumphed, and not least to be involved in designing new solutions for purifying drinking water pools and- tunnels in mountains.
– It is very difficult to clean water tunnels. They are long and narrow and exposes personnel to great risks, which also involves high costs. This competition is all about designing new solutions including elements of robotics, says Nilsen.
The sludge robot should be able to remove sludge from tanks, without creating gases.
The robot will remove sludge in a controlled manner and pump it out in huge amounts.
Each robot should have a removal capacity of approximately 10m3/hour.
The project will be completed by the end of 2016.
Cleaning robot for mud skips
We have been working to develop a fully automatic solution for cleaning mud skips since the beginning of 2014. So far we have been able to solve 50% of this task with automatic flushing and cleaning processes.
The final part of the project is to achieve 100% automated cleaning.
The main goals of this project are:
– To reduce customer costs by 25%
– Reduce water consumption by 50%
– Reduce HSE aspects for operators by 80%.
We have managed to reach all of these goals, except for 40% of the HSE load.
We feel certain we will succeed with our goals by the end of 2015.
Interior robot cleaning
The KTV Group is working actively to develop ways to clean the inside of buildings using robots. We are working on a project to develop robots that can clean insides on a daily basis.
Testing began on this project in mid 2014 and we have already seen very satisfactory results.
Further work will involve testing by our customers in the early months of 2015.
The main goal of the project is to provide our customers with a full-package solution that reduces costs by 30% and increases quality by 100%.
Completed // AQ Monitor
AQ MONITOR provides 24-hour measurement and monitoring of air quality inside tanks and enclosed spaces. The customer can access these measurements/documentation in real time from their own webpage. The new regulations set by the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority include even more stringent requirements that make the executing company or safety officer liable for non-compliance.
AQ MONITOR solves all these challenges. Personnel working in monitored environments can feel 100 % safe when this system is in use.
– Individualized monitors are unnecessary.
– The system also measures gases from solvents and flame cutters.
– Costs are reduced.
– Complete measurement data history is available for all hours and days.
– The sensors can be adapted to the customer’s needs.
– All measurements are available in real-time, online.
Completed // Freshcom – Fresh air mask
For many decades personnel have been exposed to risk associated with working in tanks. Fortunately, it has lately become more and more common to use fresh air and filter masks when working in such environments.
Visual vigilance is the final element of safety but up to now this problem has not been addressed properly. That is why we are proud to introduce our Freshcom solution.
The KTV Group has in recent years developed a fresh air mask that solves all the challenges to visual security and safety – Fresh air, video transfer capability, communication, an integrated light and eye protection.
Our expertise in working inside tanks played an important role in the development of Freshcom. The mask not only solves various HSE problems. It is also very practical for personnel working in noisy surroundings and allows them to communicate directly with operations personnel, duty watch and others if necessary.
Live video feed from the mask/video image and recording during an assignment can also be used as documentation when necessary.
The benefits of Freshcom:
– Fresh air
– Video feed using a camera inside the mask
– Two-way communication from inside the mask
– Integrated lighting
– Eye protection
Completed // No Entry using robot
– Robots can be controlled remotely without humans entering tanks.
– Doing the job without scaffolding.
– The implementation process is reduced by 35%
– 15-20% less water savings
– NDT Measurements can be done while washing.
– Can operate under water
– Can be operated via web/satellite
– Can provide up to 3000 bar pressure
– Can be equipped with a vacuum for collection and filtration
Cleaning robots can perform tasks like washing down steel structures without the use of scaffolds or lifts. The robot is able to climb steel structures using magnets and run at high-pressure (up to 3000 bar). It can be used on vertical and horizontal surfaces. The robot is the result of many years of R&D and is especially suited for cleaning tanks, ships and rigs. The robot is also used to remove surface coatings.
The robot is remote-controlled so tanks are cleaned from the outside, so-called No Entry systems.
At land-based tank installations the robot is able to solve complicated cleaning tasks without scaffolds, reducing the need for personnel to enter such installations by approximately 65%. The robot is remote-controlled and is effective and fast. It can navigate on curves and works perfectly upside down. The robots can be programmed to run automatically for optimal efficiency, which reduces the overall process by approximately 35%. There are also environmental benefits. These devices reduce water use by approximately 15-20%.
The KTV Group is also working to improve the robot to operate under water using the same principles.