A wall climbing robot is being developed to reduce workplace accidents.

A wall climbing robot designed for tasks such as maintenance and building and infrastructure inspection has been developed in the hope that it can reduce workplace accidents.

The robot, designed by Birmingham-based HausBots, can scale vertical surfaces with ease and has now been marketed as a commercial product after several years of prototyping.

Every year, 85,000 workers in the United States fall from great heights, killing over 700 people and costing insurance companies over $1 billion in claims.

To ensure that the robot does not fall, it was subjected to intensive electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) testing to ensure that the fans that effectively bind it to the surface work properly.

The University of Warwick's WMG team, which assisted in the development of the robots, put it through its paces by placing it in an EMC chamber and observing how it reacts to noise and ensuring that it does not create any unwanted noise.

The researchers were able to detect any undesirable interference and emissions using the robot using amplifiers to imitate noise and analysers.

"It has been a delight to be with HausBots and assist them develop their product," said Dr David Norman of the University of Warwick. "The concept of the robot is wonderful, and might save lives and reduce the amount of workplace accidents."

"The WMG SME group has helped us from day one, from helping us create the prototype all the way to making sure the robot safely attaches to the wall and does its job efficiently," stated Jack Crone, CEO of HausBots.

"We've been working relentlessly for the past three years to develop HausBot, and we're ecstatic to have sold our first one to a firm in Singapore. We believe this is the start of many that will help prevent workplace accidents."

Another group of engineers unveiled a train-cleaning robot earlier this week, which might assist maintain trains clean and tidy by the end of the decade.

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