Blueprint Lab, an Australian robotics firm, has built custom jaws for their Alpha robotic arm that will allow for a tighter grip on fabric when resurfacing drowning victims underwater. This application was created for the Hutterian Emergency Aquatic Rescue Unit (HEART). Customers include military agencies, oil and gas sector service suppliers doing pipe and tank checks, marine biologists, and the autonomous robotics research community. Engineers Precision Measure Tools in Australia
Blueprint Lab offers cutting-edge robotic arm systems for harsh conditions. Their high-quality, cutting-edge robotic manipulators allow operators to push the limits of inspection and interference.
Customers include military agencies, oil and gas sector service suppliers doing pipe and tank checks, marine biologists, and the autonomous robotics research community.
HEART is a non-profit organization comprised of qualified divers from Manitoba, Canada, that specializes in emergency water search, rescue, and recovery. They are able to rescue victims of fatal drowning injuries from their region’s waters, particularly arctic underwater habitats, by combining highly trained human divers with specialized technology.
The HEART operators were using Blueprint Lab’s Reach Alpha subsea robotic grabber to help them with rescue efforts, but they were having difficulty with the extreme grip stabilization needed to resurface deceased victims. In the short term, they got imaginative and added a makeshift DIY nail modification to their grabber before approaching Blueprint Lab for an engineered solution.
Blueprint Lab’s research staff started designing and evaluating a grabber update that would satisfy these unique role criteria, culminating in the Reach Alpha Special Recovery Tool, a new tool specialized for Search and Recovery. The Special Recovery Tool, in addition to looking the part, is solid, durable, and sharp, making it an ideal remedy for HEART’s requirements.
The Blueprint Lab team is overjoyed to have collaborated with HEART to ensure their mission’s ongoing progress. Still eager to meet the organizational problems that stakeholders and consumers pose, no matter how unique or difficult they are.
“Here at HEART Team we use the Blueprint Lab manipulator on our VideoRay Pro 5 ROV for body recoveries. We had an opportunity to speak with the folks from Blueprint Lab about our work and the need for a grabber that is more suitable for taking hold of fabric during recoveries without pulling free. They told us they would come up with something special for us that they believe should work well. We were very impressed with the beautiful design they sent us! A few days ago we used the new mod for the first time and successfully recovered a drowning victim. Thank-you for being there and working together with us to bring solutions that not only work but look pretty darn good too!”
– HEART Team Operator, Manuel Maendel