April 18–19, 2018 Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Boston, MA

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Challenges of an Autonomous Robot in a Corrosive Environment


Mark Turner (CTO, Sahaiku)

Location: ESC Engineering Theater

Date: Thursday, April 19

Time: 10:15am - 11:00am

Pass type: Conference (Paid), Expo (Free) - Get your pass now!

Free Content & Activities: N/A

Conference Track: Advanced Technologies, Embedded Hardware Design & Verification

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: N/A

The robotic industry has grown rapidly in the past decade, with both consumer-level and human-interacting robots becoming more commonly used each year. With advances in vision, sensors, and artificial intelligence, robotics today is well positioned to tackle a variety of repetitive tasks, with major benefits to the global community.

While robotics technology today has found a place in many areas, there are still many applications, including those with corrosive environments, where robotic technology needs further technological development. These environmental conditions place strict manufacturing and design constrains on exposed sensors, and mechanical components, and the entire robotic architecture must be redesigned to operate in these conditions.

In this session we will introduce Sahaiku's helper-bot, an autonomous robot built to last in a corrosive environment. The compact robot can lift heavy loads safely, and place them at multiple destinations with throughput exceeding human capability. We will also discuss how the implementation of certain sensor, mechanical, and software design principles was essential for having a robust and lasting design.

We will also review some key challenges currently in this technology space and highlight opportunities for those working in the sensors, artificial intelligence, and embedded hardware technology to contribute within this autonomous robotics space.


Attendees will see a working robot prototype and learn about the technological challenges required to have a robotic system containing sensors, motors, embedded hardware working in a harsh manufacturing environment. Vendors for these components will be interested to learn how their products need to function in this industry.