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A simple robot manipulator able to negotiate power line hardware

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2 Author(s)
Lorimer, T. ; Sch. of Eng., Univ. of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa ; Boje, E.

This paper presents a reasoned approach to specifying the number of degrees of freedom on a power line-mounted inspection robot, which is capable of climbing around obstacles found on overhead conductors, including jumper cables. A summary of the robot's hardware design is also provided, with experience gained on a first prototype influencing major design aspects on a second prototype, which in turn has resulted in a far more robust, field-oriented machine.

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Applied Robotics for the Power Industry (CARPI), 2012 2nd International Conference on

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11-13 Sept. 2012