22nd September, online demonstration

RAIN has developed glovebox robotics as part of the Remote Handling Working Group. The cluttered, confined, and hazardous environment poses challenges for humans and robots alike. RAIN is proud to present a robotic handling system glovebox demonstration that proposes options that work towards limiting human exposure to some of the most hazardous materials on the planet. 

The demonstration will feature such technology as: 

  • Collision avoidance 
  • Robotic grasping 
  • Digital twin 
  • Condition Monitoring
  • Computer vision 
  • And more 

            Join us for the opportunity to see the RAIN integrated system in operation and to ask questions directly to the researchers behind the work. 

            To register for this free event click here.

            IEEE/RSJ IROS 2021

            27th September, online workshops

            Releasing Robots into the Wild: Experiences and Challenges of Undertaking Field Robotics Simon Watson, University of Manchester, Nick Hawes, Oxford Robotics Institute and Tom Scott, University of Bristol, from RAIN will be presenting. 

            Standardised Software Frameworks for Robotics in Nuclear Ipek Caliskanelli, RACE UKAEA, Rob Skilton, RACE UKAEA and Matthew Goodliffe, RACE UKAEA from RAIN will be presenting.

            For more information:

            RAIN Webinars

            Thursdays 9:30 – 10:30 on Zoom. Meeting ID: 931 5525 7426

            We have started a weekly online seminar series to keep everyone up to date with the work going on across the RAIN Hub.

            All webinars have been recorded. You can find them on this playlist


            Date: 9th September


            • Professor Yvan Petillot (Heriot-Watt University)

            • Professor Rob Buckingham (RACE, UKAEA) and Professor Barry Lennox (University of Manchester)


            Date: 16th September


            Etienne Hocquard, MW-CT – Mobile Weld Computed Tomography Project

            Weld inspection is an essential component of many high value manufacturing and maintenance activities e.g. ships, aircraft, nuclear reactors etc. Weld radiography is a mainstay of weld inspection but has two considerable drawbacks when deployed in-situ: it is potentially hazardous, making its use obstructive and dangerous, and it does not reliably detect certain types of defect. Createc has developed a concept that will combine 3D position sensing techniques, with autonomous robotics to make an in-situ radiography system which is safer, less obstructive and has higher performance by achieving in-situ Computed Tomography (CT) for generic welds or other industrial inspection.

            One of the key innovations is the ability to achieve the accuracy required for CT with independent robotic systems either side of the weld. This allows the system to be used in a wide range of applications, not limited by having to physically co-locate the two robotic systems.

            Createc established a collaboration with two UK-based organisations, Nuclear AMRC and TSP Engineering, to provide technical and market expertise in CT, radiography and ultrasonic capability and to quantify and compare inspection performance. Nuclear AMRC helps UK manufacturers win work across the nuclear sector – in new build, operations and decommissioning – and in other quality-critical industries. The third partner in the project is TSP Engineering, who not only will provide components for testing, but are an internationally recognised manufacturer in the nuclear industry.

            MW-CT will achieve the considerable advantages of providing a CT scan of welds that can be undertaken in-situ without the need to transfer to a radiography bay. The mobile system combines flexible robotics with a deep understanding of image reconstruction technology required for a CT scan.

            The benefit to the wider industry for MW-CT comes from the combination of Createc’s technology with Nuclear AMRC’s deep understanding of welding and the full range of potential flaws and risks through unseen quality issues. MW-CT is a comprehensive weld NDE system that will demonstrate high productivity gains not only for the nuclear industry but also other safety-critical industries such as aerospace.


            Date: 21st October

            Robot Vision
            • Luis Plana, University of Manchester
            • Radhika Nath,  RACE, UKAEA


            Date: TBC

            Commercialising Robotics
            • Matthew Nancekievill, University of Manchester
            • Frank Allison,  FIS360

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