These projects have shown that there are significant benefits of using the robot to prepare/pre-treat the decking.
- Improved HSE performance in the form of reduced strain on the operator
- Significant environmental benefits
- The work is of a higher quality than when using standard UHT
- The robot works more quickly than standard UHT
“It was interesting to see how well it turned out and how impressed everyone was,” says Beerenberg engineer Stig Lynaas, who was involved in planning and executing the first project.
“The robot is much more efficient than standard UHT. It is also much better in a health and safety perspective. Standard water-jetting is reduced to a minimum, which means less strain on the body. And the more we can get the machines to do for us, the better. The result was excellent, and we also avoided having to do much of the clearing-up afterwards. The surface was almost fully ready to be painted once the robot had done its job,” Stig Lynaas says.
All waste is immediately vacuumed up, and both water and paint residue go straight into tanks. There is still a little bit of development to be completed by the manufacturer to ensure that everything is cleaned up and leaving zero plastic waste.
“The environmental potential here is very good,” says Stig Lynaas.
Areas of application and expertise
So far Beerenberg has only used the robot on floors in the field. However, the company has tested it on walls onshore, and the manufacturer claims it can also be used on ceilings. The machine stays in place with the help of magnets.
“With the current technology, it is more suited to large surfaces. In confined spaces it gets more tricky, and we still have to use traditional UHT,” says Glenn Saltskår, one of Beerenberg’s field managers. The machine is also easy to operate using a remote control.
“We have found that people who are familiar with joysticks are better at operating the robot,” Saltskår says. He adds that the robot is more technically advanced than traditional UHT when it comes to hooking it up.
Beerenberg has produced a Task Instruction (TI) for the UHT robot with details of how to operate the machine. A list has also been created of the necessary job preparations, personal protective equipment, pre-checks of tools/equipment and qualifications.