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Savannah River National Laboratory

Orangutank™ (The Pipe Traveler)

The Pipe Traveler (Orangutank™) is a remote controlled, tethered robotic platform for traveling from one pipe to another using a network of vertical pipes for support. The Orangutank is designed to deliver payloads for various applications including, but not limited to; sampling equipment, spray nozzles, radiological analysis equipment, or other equipment for cleanup and remediation activities.

Versatile Design

The Orangutank™ combines specialized robotic grippers to provide gripping and rotational capability to maneuver from pipeto- pipe without ever having to descend to the floor. The extending and retracting arms allow for reaching between the vertical pipes, maintaining a constant grip by one arm while swinging into position for a stronghold by the other arm. The flexible and extendable arms of the Orangutank™ allows for variances in pipe spacing and configurations.

No other robotic platform can negotiate vertical pipe forests to achieve the desired travel of the Orangutank™. The device is designed to allow it to “swing” from one pipe to another similar to its namesake, the orangutan who swings from tree limb to tree limb in order to navigate through the forest.

At a glance

  • Unique maneuverability
  • Manual or computer controlled operation
  • Numerous industrial applications
  • Multiple payload capabilities
  • US Patent 8,944,192

Multiple Applications

While the Orangutank™ was originally designed for inspection, sampling and removal of radioactive waste products at Savannah River Site, the capabilities of the equipment would also allow for its use in any application involving a forest of vertical pipes such as remote chemical cleanup operations, construction or demolition activities, and petrochemical processes just to name a few.

Patents and Licenses

US Patent No. 8,944,192.

Partnering Opportunities

SRNL invites interested companies with proven capabilities in this area of expertise to enter into a licensing agreement with SRNL to market this nuclear material detection system. Interested companies will be requested to submit a business plan setting forth company qualifications, strategies, activities, and milestones for commercializing this invention.

Qualifications should include past experience at bringing similar products to market, reasonable schedule for product launch, sufficient manufacturing capacity, established distribution networks, and evidence of sufficient financial resources for product development and launch.

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Savannah River National Laboratory