Iranian Engineers Create Power Insulator Cleaning Robot

Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 15:21

Engineers from Amirkabir University of Technology have succeeded in designing a robotic arm which is able to clean power insulators.

According to an ISCA report, cleaning contaminated insulators is an effective way to protect power transmission lines from accidental power outages caused by flashovers due to wet polluted insulators.

Amir Abolfazl Suratgar, faculty member of Department of Electrical Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology, explained that reducing downtime, increasing the speed of cleaning as well as improving the quality of cleaning are some advantages of this robotic arm.

He noted that being able to clean insulators without using conductive liquids, high quality cleaning in upper and lower surfaces, automatic movement along the insulator chains, evaluating cleanliness and working in various hot (up to 60 degrees centigrade) and cold ( almost -40 degrees centigrade) climates are considered as some other advantages of this technology.

Traditionally, insulator was cleaned manually which is high-risk, labor-intensive and low efficiency. In addition, it is impact of supply to clean insulator manually. Aim of solving the problem upon, the robotic arm was designed for cleaning insulator which can make the clean work consistent and more reliable, and it can be operated at the highest voltage level.


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