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Robot approved for offshore assignments



KTV Group has received approval for the test version of its offshore robot. The approval is according to NORSOK and the robot can be operated in ATEX zones offshore.

– We have worked over the last year to get the robot approved. These processes usually takes time. Now the robots can be used offshore and perform work with ultra high pressure jetting up to 3000 bar. The robot handles washing, inspection- and sandblasting, says CEO Kennet Nilsen KTV Group.

The robot can climb steel facades, and are specifically designed for and could be applied to pipes. Kaefer have already bought the first robot, and it will be used on demanding projects in the future.

– The robot is also a cost-saving action for an industry that is under constant financial pressure. This technology replaces personnel, reducing HSE fatigue. The robot will undoubtedly appeal to future surface treatment because the primary task will be to steer the robot. It will perform work that is not only demanding for personnel, but also occasionally risky, says Nilsen.

KTV Group are already using the robots in shipyards and in connection with property maintenance.
– We have just been waiting for the final approval so that the robot can also be used in offshore related business, says Nilsen.

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