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A 12-meter-tall robot will fix wires on railway tracks in Japan

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul9,2024

12 - meter robot will fix wires on railway tracks in Japan

The Japanese company West Japan Railways uses to maintain railway tracks and perform other tasks a giant humanoid robot.

The 12-meter-tall robot is mounted on a truck and equipped with huge manipulators, as well as cameras built into “eyes” that look like bottles. The robot is controlled by a person who is in the cab of the truck and receives visual information from the cameras in the “eyes”. According to the developers, this technology will help solve the labor shortage problem in Japan with an aging population, and will also reduce the number of accidents, such as workers falling from a height or electric shocks.

The machine was jointly developed by two companies. : Jinki Ittai Co, which develops robotics, and Nippon Signal Co, which specializes in IT solutions and infrastructure electrical engineering.

Jinki claims that the robot is capable of lifting and moving heavy loads such as steel pipes, sheets or wires, performing the same work as a human because it is controlled by an operator. By synchronizing movements with the robot, the human operator can use the machine to perform complex tasks that require both strength and precision.

The robot essentially copies the movements of a real person in the control room. The operator's special glasses are synchronized with the “eyes” work, and the control of the powerful arms is carried out using the company's proprietary technology.

The use of the giant robot is expected to be a significant step forward in the field of railway maintenance and safety. This solution will help to cope with the existing problems in the industry, ensuring a more reliable and efficient service of railway lines. At the same time, according to estimates, the robot will reduce the need for labor for most tasks by 30%. Mechanization will not only reduce the risk of accidents caused by electric shocks or falls, but will also create conditions for a more diverse work environment.

The new robot will also be used to fell trees, remove obstacles, paint infrastructure and replace signaling equipment.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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