Nexxis Wins WHS Award for Inspection Technology
Nexxis has been recognised at the IFAP CGU SafeWay Awards, winning an award for its innovative technology revolutionising worker safety in industrial environments.
The Innovation in WHS Award, received at a gala event at the Crown Towers on Friday evening, recognises Nexxis’s Magneto-EX technology – the world’s first ex-rated robotic crawler.
Developed by Nexxis, the Magneto platform is a versatile, spider-like, climbing inspection robot able to negotiate hazardous and confined space inspections, without the need for a human operator.
The multi-limbed, spatially aware device has been created for use in high-risk settings, including the oil and gas industry – eliminating risk for humans.
Nexxis Founder and Director Jason De Silveira said he was delighted with the award and paid tribute to everyone involved in the design and development of this world-leading technology.
"Magneto represents a major leap in safer inspections for the oil and gas industry, as well as other sectors including mining, infrastructure and petrochemical requirements where there is a need for hazardous, confined space inspections," he said.
"The cutting-edge technology behind the robot enables internal visual inspection of assets and more detailed data to be gathered."
Magneto is also capable of integrating intelligent autonomous control systems and is designed to carry a wide range of non-destructive testing (NDT) sensors, remote visual inspection (RVI) cameras, and maintenance tools.
"Improved accessibility, frequency and accuracy of inspections enabled by Magneto will lead to reduced environmental and safety risks, targeted and immediate maintenance and repairs, faster decision making and longer operational life of assets."
Nexxis is focused on the commercialisation of the inspection robot, which was launched in August 2021 and is expected to be available to the market as early as 2022.
Earlier this month, Nexxis won a $675,000 Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Commercialisation Fund grant to assist with the commercialisation of the magneto technology.
Commercial production of a robot crawler that can perform complex inspections will be a breakthrough innovation in the Australian technology sector.
Magneto has been designed and developed by Nexxis in conjunction with Data61, a division of CSIRO, with the financial assistance and industry support of NERA (independent not-for-profit organisation funded through Federal Government grants).