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Fluke partners with robotics firm to share acoustic imaging technology

July 26, 2021   Don Horne




Fluke Process Instruments has partnered with Boston Dynamics to bring it’s new SV600 Fixed Acoustic Imager capabilities to that company’s mobile robot Spot.

The SV600 Fixed Acoustic Imager enables users to detect, locate and visualize air and gas leaks or changes in mechanical sound signatures across their process and equipment in real-time before they become costly problems. By using an array of sophisticated sound sensors and powerful SoundMap technology, the SV600 translates the sounds that it hears into a visual representation to locate problem areas.

“Customers have already expressed interest and seen value in the SV600 and Spot working together. Together they are proving to be invaluable in terms of workforce efficiency for large scale facilities particularly for industries such as utilities, energy, automotive and beverages who are looking to automate their inspection processes,” said Herman Warnshuis, President, Fluke Process Instruments.

Spot traverses unstructured terrain to automate industrial inspections, monitor remote or hazardous environments and provide situational awareness in remote settings. The robot can be reconfigured for various use cases to increase efficiency and greatly reduce safety risks. With the SV600 payload Spot will now be able to automate air and gas leak detection and identify mechanical sound signatures.

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“With automated acoustic imaging that the SV600 brings, maintenance teams can visualize leaks or sound signature changes to factory equipment or assets, and prevent unscheduled maintenance and possible costly downtime, and at the same time improve factory safety by minimizing operator intervention. We’re excited to partner with Boston Dynamics to bring our acoustic imaging technology to new parts of the factory floor with Spot.” said Warnshuis.


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