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Robotics applied to work conditions improvement in power distribution lines maintenance

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9 Author(s)
R. A. Roncolatto ; Paulista Power and Light Company - CPFL- Paulista, Rod. Campinas Mogi-Mirim, km 2.5, 13088-900, Campinas, SP, Brazil ; N. W. Romanelli ; A. Hirakawa ; O. Horikawa
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Based on the analysis of the tasks concerning maintenance of power distribution networks from the Ergonomics point of view, Paulista Power & Light Company (CPFL, Brazil) and the University of Sao Paulo (USP, Brazil) started a project focused on the application of Mechatronics and Robotics techniques and knowledge to improve the maintenance activity, also establishing a roadmap of developments to be conducted. As a pioneer research & development on that, four devices are proposed and described herein: (a) A computer-controlled automatic elevator attached to a pickup type lightweight vehicle that helps electricians to reach high positions replacing the conventional ladder; (b) A flexible telescopic robot for inspecting the wood cross arm from the ground; (c) A weight balancer to help electricians to execute tree trimming around distribution lines, by reducing the physical effort required for holding and manipulating the trimming equipment; (d) And a mechatronics version of the weight balancer able to automatically adapt to different loads.

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Applied Robotics for the Power Industry (CARPI), 2010 1st International Conference on

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5-7 Oct. 2010