Wisconsin-based Helical Robotics offers five different-sized robots: the HR-MP5 (shown), the HR-MP20, the HR-MP100, the HR-JP10 Javelin and the HR-JP10M Javelin. The robots are remote controlled and can scale the wind tower while carrying cameras, tools and other equipment needed to inspect the towers, blades or other parts that may be dangerous or difficult for workers to access. Deployment takes less than a minute and the robot can be used on a wide range of towers, the company’s website says. Most of the robots are magnetic, which helps them to cling on to the side of a wind turbine.
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