One of the team members, Gaurav says, “We actually interacted with experts involved in Transmission Line Inspection, interviewed them about the methods employed by them for the inspection and the focus areas of inspection. We also enquired about the major technological as well as environmental challenges that they face.”
All the information helped the team members of this innovation to come up with a prototype-1. This prototype was just a demonstration level model with many shortcomings. The team identified those short comings and came up with a new scheme of a Robot that is mechanically stable, faster in operation and compact.
We all know “The map is not the territory”, the end product is quiet different from the measures taken and the challenges faced to bring a work to fruition. The major challenge with this innovation is the ground work that is required in order to define the requirements because this is altogether a new work for all the stakeholders and for the Innovators. Apart from this, the final product requires considerable R&D, testing facilities and associated funding.
Most of the things related to the product have been defined and now the real task is its implementation. “A few of the things that are still left for fabrication will require a lot of multi disciplinary expertise which we are working on. Currently, our focus is to just make use of this product for Inspection but, yes, we are working on the add-on features like the repairing feature to the Robot,” says Mahesh.
He further adds, “It is not appropriate to comment upon the time it will take for its fruition but yes, we as team are really optimistic that such a product when launched will result in a healthy Power System.”
They have already filed patent for new and improvised scheme of Robot. Its has been designed with respect to the Indian scenario.
The author is a tech journalist at EFY Gurgaon.