Invert Robotics looks to increase global footprint of its climbing robot

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Robotics company Invert Robotics has closed an $8.8 million round of financing. The company will use the strategic investment to scale its team, open a U.S. office and expand its technology platform and industry-specific technologies.

Headquartered in New Zealand, Invert Robotics’ goal is to increase the global footprint of its climbing robot, which is the first robot specifically designed to inspect the integrity and safety of non-magnetic, hazardous environments, according to the company. 

“Our climbing robots go where other robots cannot and people should not,” says Invert Robotics Managing Director Neil Fletcher.

“We give our customers an easier, safer and faster way to inspect the safety and integrity of the most hazardous and toxic environments. Industrial accidents can be costly and sometimes even deadly, but they are often preventable. Remote inspection solutions that take into account chemical corrosion and high-pressure processing scenarios can help chemical companies improve worker safety, optimize maintenance and avoid future tragedies.”

As Fletcher points out, workers tasked with the responsibility of inspecting and maintaining the high and confined spaces common across various industries frequently suffer deadly accidents on the job. Along with substantial fines, companies are also facing increased pressure from health and safety regulators to act to prevent these situations.

With this in mind, Invert Robotics offers what it calls “precise, remote” inspection of non-magnetic surfaces such as stainless steel, carbon fiber, aluminum and glass. With its platforms already being used by companies across a variety of industries such as food and beverage, aviation and oil and gas, Invert Robotics plans on expanding its reach, and opening new international markets.

Capable of securely adhering to surfaces that other robots cannot, Invert Robotics’ climbing robots can also go into confined, dangerous spaces that would put workers’ lives at risk. Using surface-wave detection and ultrasonic probes, the robots can also perform in-depth scans to measure wall thickness, assess structural integrity and find defects on any surface.

Invert Robotics says that it also plans to develop an artificial intelligence platform, which will give customers the ability to take a proactive approach to asset management by predicting potential fail points and future maintenance needs.