|- Expected to Play an Active Role at the Scene of Fires where it is Difficult for Firefighters to Approach -|
TOKYO, Apr 14, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has developed prototypes of two firefighting robots: the "Water Cannon Robot" and the "Hose Extension Robot". They are expected to play an active role in situations where it is difficult for firefighters to approach, for example at fires in petrochemical facilities. The "Water Cannon Robot" can effectively extinguish fires where people cannot reach, while the "Hose Extension Robot" automatically lays out up to 300 m of fire hose to supply water to the "Water Cannon Robot". These two models constitute the "Firefighting Robot System", which works in conjunction with a reconnaissance robots and a command system. They are designed to be easily installed on a fire engine so they can be moved on-site.
"Hose Extension Robot" and "Water Cannon Robot" prototypes
The "Firefighting Robot System" has been developed through participation in a project led by Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency, launched in FY2014 as part of its 5-year plan. A demonstration of the primary prototype robots that have been completed under the project took place today at the National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster in Tokyo, showcasing each robots unique capabilities and performance.
MHI's two robot models are built around small agricultural buggies, which provide robust suspension and high running performance. The robots can be autonomously controlled, and are equipped with GPS (Global Positioning System) and laser sensors mounted on their frames. They are also equipped with sophisticated technology that enables them to travel in tandem towards the source of a fire, with a fire hose connecting them.
The Water Cannon Robot has a nozzle for discharge of water or foam, and can discharge 4,000 liters per minute at a pressure of 1.0 MPa. The Hose Extension Robot can mount up to 300 m of fire hose with a 150 mm inner diameter (nominal diameter 150 A), and ensures proper laying by automatically paying out and winding in the rigid, heavy (2 kg/m) hose as required to match the robot's movement on the intended path including turning angles.
Main Specifications of Water Cannon Robot
Main Specifications of Hose Extension Robot
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the world's leading industrial firms with 80,000 group employees and annual consolidated revenues of around 38 billion U.S. dollars. For more than 130 years, the company has channeled big thinking into innovative and integrated solutions that move the world forward. MHI owns a unique business portfolio covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI delivers innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries from commercial aviation and transportation to power plants and gas turbines, and from machinery and infrastructure to integrated defense and space systems.
For more information, please visit the MHI Group website: http://www.mhi-global.com.
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Joseph Hood, PR Manager
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Apr 14, 2017 13:20 HKT/SGT
Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Topic: Press release summary
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