The use of “robot crawlers” in pipe tubing for industrial applications has gained significant attention, particularly in the medical field. These innovative devices are designed to navigate through complex piping systems, providing a solution for inspection, maintenance, and repair tasks.
In medical applications, such as endoscopy procedures or minimally invasive surgeries, robot crawlers have proven to be invaluable tools. They can navigate through intricate networks of tubes within the human body with precision and accuracy. This technology not only enhances the capabilities of medical professionals but also reduces patient discomfort and recovery time.
However, it is important to note that while robot crawlers have shown great potential in these applications, there are still challenges that need to be addressed. Issues such as power supply limitations, maneuverability in confined spaces, and adaptability to different pipe sizes are areas where further advancements are needed.
Our small part in this research was to provide a tight-radiused tube with sufficient tolerances to provide the test environment for the crawler.