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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology) and the Camozzi Group have designed and built a robotic system, one of its kind in the world, to contribute to the safety of the new bridge in Genoa.
The robotic system will be verifying the integrity of the infrastructure using cameras and sensors and will allow operators to intervene with preventive maintenance actions through data processing algorithms.
Genoa, Brescia, 29 July 2020 - The construction and assembly of the robots, one of their kind in the world, which will be helping to make the Genoa San Giorgio Bridge safe, has been completed. The devices, designed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and built by the Camozzi Group, commissioned by the Temporary Association of Companies established by Seastema S.p.A. and Cetena S.p.A. (Fincantieri Group), will be contributing to the safety of the new bridge in Genoa regularly performing an automatic monitoring of the infrastructure by using cameras and sensors. The 4 robots - 2 Inspection Robots and 2 Washing Robots - will be operational next autumn, as soon as the installations servicing the system have been completed.
The robotic system is based on the installation of the 4 robots on the sides of the bridge: 2 of them will be in charge of inspecting the lower surface of the deck and processing the data in order to find any anomalies (Robot-Inspection) and the other 2 will be cleaning the wind barriers and solar panels (Robot-Wash). This robotic inspection system is the first automatic system in the world and provides a replicable model at the global level designed to enhance the safety of this type of infrastructure and of any civil works that may require automatic monitoring.
The 4 robots are made of carbon fibre structures, actuators and electronic components. In particular, the single-piece beams that will enable deck inspection have been made by transposing technologies that are typical of the aerospace and aeronautical industries and were built using 3D moulds created by the technology of the largest 3D printer in the world made by the Camozzi Group, the MasterprintTM machine.
The robots will be sliding over the bridge’s outer rails where they will allow operators to verify the infrastructure’s integrity sending the images and data acquired to a control room, thereby creating a digital database that, thanks to efficient analysis and prediction algorithms, will allow the operators to intervene with preventive maintenance actions, as required.
The robots, designed using IIT’s know-how in the field of industrial robotics, were built thanks to the ten-year experience of the Camozzi Group in production technologies and in the construction of sophisticated machinery employed in the aeronautical and aerospace industries. Success was achieved only due to the synergies created by the various enterprises involved in building a robotic system that is characterized by reduced weight, high structural stiffness to bear the sensors’ weight, low resistance to wind and good aesthetic quality. The robots will be operated from the control room via a Wi-Fi network. They are powered by batteries and charging stations have been spaced every 200 meters on the sides of the bridge.
Furthermore, in the event of adverse environmental conditions the robots are capable of interrupting operations and can safely reach their charging stations thanks to the anemometers and accelerometers with which they are equipped.
The system combines the strengths of automation in modern mechatronic mechanisms, an area where Camozzi has a considerable experience (especially in conjunction with industrial automation), with the autonomy of cognitive systems. In essence, an inspection system that uses completely independent “cognitive mechatronics”, which thanks to the four robots will be operating in addition to the control and maintenance activities already required by law. Moreover, thanks to its hardware and software versatility, the system can be implemented in the future with new technologies in such a way as to always be cutting edge.
The control system consists of two Robot Inspection and two Robot Wash which will be moving on the lower external parts of the bridge.
A Robot Inspection weighs over 2,200 kg and is equipped with 82 wheels used for moving along two axes and is over 7 meters wide. It is provided with a retractable arm for inspection consisting of a fixed part and a mobile part, both of which in carbon fibre. The arm has a reach of about 17 meters in total length so that it can touch the centre of the deck from the edge of the bridge. The external monitoring of the deck will be carried out precisely by means of the carbon fibre arm, which is capable of sliding along the entire length of the bridge retracting near the pylons; high-resolution cameras and sensors have been installed on it to measure surface conditions: i.e. paint deterioration, corrosion elements and state of the welds. The cameras will be transmitting images of the entire infrastructure in real time. Thanks to computational models, the data collected will be checked for the purpose of reporting any irregularities or anomalies.
A Robot-Wash weighs about 2,000 kg and has 56 wheels to distribute its load on the bridge edge; it is over 3.5 meters high, almost 8 meters long and is divided into two parts: one for cleaning and one for charging. The Washing Robot removes dust and other debris from the photovoltaic system and glass wind barriers, which demarcate the lanes thereby maintaining the infrastructure’s efficiency and functionality. One of the robot’s peculiar features is its sustainable use of water resources. The water used for washing the structures originates from rain and other condensation water collected from the same infrastructure. The Washing Robot is equipped with sensors that monitor both the transparency of the glass wind barriers and the amount of water found on the surfaces. These two parameters allow the robot to determine when to intervene in order to clean the surfaces. In case of water shortage due to droughts and periods of low humidity, the Washing Robot is provided with a blower for the removal of particulates thereby contributing to maintaining the infrastructure’s efficiency while waiting for the right amount of meteoric water to be used for a more thorough wash.
The two robots will be regularly travelling along the edge of the bridge via tracks and drive wheels along the entire length of the viaduct of approx. 1,100 meters, depending on weather conditions.
The Role of IIT
The project originated from an architectural proposal of the firm “Renzo Piano Building Workshop”, which Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia transposed and expanded in 2018 by designing a unique robotic system prototype, later developed industrially by Camozzi. IIT donated the project to the City of Genoa and created a team of pioneering companies for its implementation, including the Camozzi Group.
Partnership between the Camozzi Group and Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
The partnership with IIT started in June 2017 with the establishment of a Joint Lab, which initially focused on new materials and advanced robotics. The partnership has now expanded in several directions, the construction of the robots being one of the fruits of its progress.
Camozzi Automation is the leader of an advanced automation project that has won the “Open Innovation” call of the Lombardy Region, of which the results will be presented in live streaming on 20 July.
The call, created according to POR FESR 2014-2020, therefore with the help of resources from the European Union, the Italian State and the Lombardy Region - aims at strategic projects of research, development and innovation that are able to enhance the ecosystems of Lombardy, facilitating the relationships between companies and academia, the transfer of technology as well as the use of new technologies.
Out of 78 applications submitted by pools of high-profile organisations, 33 projects have been admitted to regional funding, amounting to a total of 114,5 million €.
The project proposed by Camozzi Automation will develop innovative solutions in the field of additive manufacturing and heavy robotics for the processing of advanced materials for large-sized pieces.
The initiative involves in particular those production sectors that are characterised by low standardised production, with a strong component of manual work, such as aeronautics, boating and aerospace, renewable energy, construction, large industrial plants, large infrastructures ...
The development of advanced automation in these sectors will allow:
As a further improvement of the working conditions, the project also includes the reduction of noise in machine tools thanks to the introduction of innovative vibration damping solutions like the ANC (Active Noise Control) and AVC (Active Vibration Control) techniques.
Economic value of the project: 6.439.588,36 €
Economic value of financing: 2.626.200,78 €
The geographical focus area of the project, that also intends to have an international scope, is made up of the provinces of Bergamo, Brescia, Milan and Varese. In this area we find companies interested in producing in limited series, in a flexible supply chain and in using new materials for precision by which certain products are characterised.
The project will allow to acquire important knowledge and skills on their industrial use by guaranteeing support to a significant business target that stands for the system in Lombardy, increasing the opportunities for cooperation between companies and the research system.
The 33 projects selected by the Call Hub “Research and Innovation” of the Lombardy Region will be presented on Monday 20 July in live streaming at 10:00.
The Call Hub “Research and Innovation”, financed by the Lombardy Region, supports seven ecosystems with a total contribution of 114,5 million €: Sustainability, Health and Life Science, Advanced Manufacturing, Connectivity and Information, Smart Mobility and Architecture, Culture and Knowledge, Nutrition.
IIT Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology), Kilometro Rosso innovation district, FAE SRL and D&G Impianti elettrici di Digiglio A. e Ghidini L. Snc
The event is divided into two parts:
An opportunity to better understand how R&I moves in the area: stakeholders and actors of the ecosystem of innovation will be able to compare skills and strategies, with a focus on possible future collaborations.
You can participate in the event through the dedicated landing page or via the Facebook and YouTube channels dedicated to Open Innovation.
Camozzi is pleased to introduce the new pneumatically-operated angle seat valve Series ASX, designed to control steam, liquids, gas and fluids that contain suspended solid particulate matter. The angled mount and design of the valve enable a high and constant flow, whilst ensuring a low pressure drop.
Made entirely of stainless steel, it is the ideal solution for many industrial applications, even when besides high flow rates, the control of viscous fluids is also required.
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“Eyewitness News” interviewed Chip Storie – CEO of Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc - who expresses enthusiasm and satisfaction in taking part in the realization of the GMT, the revolutionary telescope to study the deep space.
Ingersoll Machine Tools has been selected among the most important groups at international level to make the precision steel structure that supports and maintains the GMT in position.
Chip Storie, interviewed in the video, recalls the importance of the experience gained in constructing the rotator for the most powerful solar telescope in the world, the Daniel K. Inouye (DKIST) installed in Hawaii.
The Camozzi Group company is producing and assembling the 1,300 tons precision steel mechanism that will support and keep in place the seven largest mirrors in the world that will follow the movement of celestial bodies.
The telescope will be placed at Las Campanas Observatory in the Atacama Desert, in Chile and will allow to overcome the current frontiers of astronomy.
The structure will be delivered by the end of 2025 in Chile and should be ready to house the mirrors in 2027.
For more information: FAQ GMT
A new initiative from Ferrari as part of the countermeasures against COVID-19. Designed in just five weeks, a reliable, versatile, easy to use and assemble ventilator, to optimise oxygen consumption. Produced using easily available materials at a lower cost than currently available pulmonary ventilators.
Maranello, 13 May 2020 - Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow and the Italian Institute of Technology have joined forces to come up with a pulmonary ventilator that can be used by hospitals as a vital tool when dealing with emergencies such as the current COVID-19 virus global pandemic.
The project goes by the codename FI5: the letters being the initials of the Maranello marque and the reseach institute based in Genoa, while the number indicates the number of weeks required to produce a fully functioning prototype, starting from a clean sheet of paper.
FI5 is just one in a series of initiatives set up by Ferrari and IIT. Over the past few weeks, the Maranello company has launched various corona virus health care projects, including direct financial support for the Modena area, as well as the production of valves for pulmonary respirators and fittings for protective masks, as well as the “Back on Track” programme, born out of the collaboration with a pool of virologists and experts, with the support of the Emilia Romagna area, with the aim of ensuring the safety of the company’s working environment, as from the moment production restarted last week.
How did the idea of FI5 come about? It began with a call from IIT, and a desire to make generally available to everyone going through this emergency in Italy and indeed in the rest of the world, not only the excellent production facilities and support for the many initiatives in the area put in place by Ferrari, but also the creativity, quick reaction times and know-how that are part of the DNA of a Formula 1 team like the Scuderia.
FI5 has been designed to meet the typical demands of medium intensive care; reliable, versatile, easy to use and assemble, able to optimise oxygen consumption and being produced in volume, using easily available materials, so as to have a far lower cost than currently available pulmonary ventilators. The technical specification of FI5, the drawings, the firmware, software and list of components are now available as an open source project, which means anyone can produce it. In fact, some Italian, Mexican and United States companies have already contacted Ferrari and IIT to move on to certifying and distributing the product. IIT, through connections to all European research centres, will put the project on the DIH-HERO network, used for robotic technologies in health care.
Involved in the project was the Scuderia working group, headed up by Simone Resta, Head of Chassis Engineering and Corrado Onorato, F1 Innovation Manager, with support from members of the Gestione Sportiva and the GT department, while IIT put together a research and engineering team coordinated by Marco Maggiali, Facility Coordinator Icub Tech and Andrea Pagnin, IIT’s research manager. Initially, they came up with a list of essential requirements, partly arrived at thanks to the experience gathered from various hospitals, including Milan’s Niguarda Hospital and the Policlinico San Martino Hospital in Genoa. The Camozzi Group also played a vital role in identifying some essential components, also experimenting with its own products in order to provide data useful for the simulation models.
There were five phases to the project, from design to simulation to the choice and supply of components to the production and testing of the prototype. The Scuderia’s engineers did the CAD design work, to define the pneumatic and mechanical parts and dynamic simulation. IIT sourced all the materials and designed the electronics, the firmware and the control software, also playing its part in the simulation, development and design of the wiring system and also made use of the Scuderia’s supply chain. All the work was carried out with a rigorous respect of the process logic, ensuring compliance with the necessary requirements in terms of safety and reliability, so that it could be effectively used in the field.
The first prototype was assembled last week at IIT headquarters in Genoa and underwent and sailed through all the functionality tests. Furthermore, analysis has already begun to see what further developments can be introduced. Just as in the world of Formula 1, those taking part in this unusual partnership between Scuderia Ferrari and IIT have never stopped thinking of ways to improve the product, be it a racing car or a pulmonary ventilator!
Mattia Binotto, Managing Director Gestione Sportiva and Team Principal Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow:
“The challenge of COVID-19 was one we wanted to take on. FI5 is the contribution we made as the Scuderia, fielding the very essence of what makes a Formula 1 team and more importantly, all the characteristics that make Ferrari special; its passion, its creativity and its desire to improve. This project was a very stimulating experience as well as being truly rewarding for all those involved, who worked side by side with our colleagues from IIT and the other partners. It is initiatives like these that make #essereFerrari, not just a slogan but a distinctive feature of our identity.”
Professor Giorgio Metta, Scientific Director of the Italian Institute of Technology:
“The technological transfer of research is one of the central elements of our strategy. There are several projects that are taking shape along these lines. However, what we have done with Ferrari goes further than that. It is a project initiated because of an urgent health emergency in our society to which we have responded very quickly thanks to the combination of the Scuderia that is the pride of our nation and famous around the world, and a research centre that is at the forefront of internationally respected scientific institutions. Spurred on by Ferrari’s practice of working at speed, we designed and built the prototype in just five weeks. FI5 is an example of the ingenuity, technology and determination which are an essential part of our procedures. But more than that, it shows that this is a country that works and wins. "
Dr. Antonello Forgione, Minimally Invasive Oncological General Surgery Niguarda Hospital:
"During the height of the Covid-19 emergency, faced with the need for ventilators, IIT came up with the idea of creating a portable device that could quickly made generally available. Within just a few hours, the IIT engineers brought Ferrari on board to set up an innovative project that would involve aspects of fluid dynamics, something at which the Maranello team excels. After five weeks, the result was the FI5, a device that can be used in hospitals around the world after undergoing any national certification requirements. We can deliver an innovative machine for use to the whole world free of charge. It is effective, advanced and performs well, while also being safe and durable. I would call it the first “Racing Ventilator.”
Lodovico Camozzi, president and CEO of the Camozzi group:
"We are proud to have been involved in this project with our staff and skills to design FI5, a truly wonderful story of collaboration and all-Italian innovation that gives us hope for the future."
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