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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Enyru robot, a mission at Fukushima

Japan's response to the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi in terms of robots has been disappointing so far, but the 5-ton robot developed after the 1995 Kobe earthquake could change that.
Created in 2007 by Tmsuk, T-53 Enyru is a machine with a giant bulldozer and arms attached to debris removal.
Enyru (or "Rescue Dragon") is expected to clear debris from the central highly radioactive for humans and machines to provide better access, but may need to be protected against radiation with lead. Until now, it would be the second robot used in disaster after the first such robot, radiation detector was not used long.
Each arm has six joints Enyru, can lift about 100kg. The machine can be operated directly from the cabin or remotely.

A compact and lightweight version of its predecessor, the T-52 T53 helped efforts that followed the 2007 earthquake that hit Kashiwazaki City in Niigata, a place which is the largest nuclear power capacity in the world.
Despite this experience, only recently sent Tmsuk T-53 to a holding center in Tsukuba, Ibaraki prefecture, north of Tokyo, following a request from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Remote-controlled robots QinetiQ North America are also in the process of evaluation at the center.
Robots will be sent to the J-Village, a place near the plant in Fukushima, where cars are decontaminated following exposure to radiation. Two iRobot PackBots, often used by the military, have been used to explore inside the reactor building.

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