Dr Gary Sewell was looking for a Cumbria-based engineering company in 2009 and number 17 on a list of 32 provided by Mr Alan Smithson was Smith Engineering (GB) Ltd whose Managing Director is Mr Rodney Smith. During their first meeting Rodney could see the future potential and actively co-operated with and provided the facilities of his factory to Gary from October 2009 onwards to enable increasingly capable WallRover prototypes to be designed, manufactured and tested. The WallRover prototypes were promoted to Sellafield Ltd by Rodney and Gary which resulted in Sellafield Ltd placing their first WallRover Ltd order in 2011. WallRover Ltd was incorporated on the 12th December, 2011 and WallRover Ltd continues to develop and market its award winning WallRover unmanned wall climbing vehicle platforms at its offices within the Smith Engineering (GB) Ltd factory in Maryport, Cumbria, UK.
WallRover Ltd has developed several WallRover™ variants which have been delivered to Sellafield Ltd since March 2012 for remote visual inspection work and for radio-nuclide characterisation work, including the 5.5kg WallRover B platform that is designed to quickly and precisely transport diverse payloads of up to 5kgs up diverse structures, including: chimneys, bridges, tunnels and buildings. The human operator remains safely on the ground out of harms ways, at a safe stand-off distance, and above ground operations in hazardous or contaminated areas can be accomplished cheaper, faster and safer than using manned ladders, cherry-pickers, scaffolding and cranes.
WallRover Ltd won the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority SME Innovation Award in November 2012 for its WallRover B™ hammer-action drilling platform and the Minister's SME Innovation Award in 2013 for its articulated WallRover A² ™. In 2014 WallRover Ltd won the Sellafield Ltd Business Excellence Awards 2014 for its WallRover™ - a new wall climbing technology delivery vehicle.
WallRover Ltd continues to expand the mission envelopes of its WallRover™ platforms and new payloads are being integrated to enable WallRover's™ to perform missions cheaper, faster and safer. The WallRover B™ ROV can be fitted with a Proceq Profoscope™ rebar detector that allows the width of rebars, the orientation of rebars, the spacing between rebars and the concrete cover depth of rebars in reinforced concrete structures to be ascertained remotely at-height, a unique WallRover B ™platform and Proceq Profoscope™payload capability.
The WallRover B™ platform fitted with the Viridiscope™ payload can be remotely deployed by an operator who can remain safely on the ground, at a safe stand-off distance. The WallRover B can then mount and be driven precisely up a vertical structure and at the desired location the operator can activate the side-sponson mounted Viridiscope™ payload and the debris collection box. Photons from the Nd:YAG laser sputter material from the surface it is fired at, and the sputtered debris is sucked down into the debris collection box for post laboratory analysis to sample and ascertain the radio-nuclides that have ingressed into the surface. The unique WallRover B platform and Viridiscope™ payload combination is potentially safer, cleaner and faster than methods currently used for elemental characterisation, and radioactive samples can be collected from structures made from diverse materials, including: brick, concrete, plaster, plastic and wood.
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