Square Robot Collaborates in the Cloud with the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

Startup Square Robot performs safe, fast and reliable oil tank inspections. They use the data and lifecycle management solutions on the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS platform to achieve faster time to market and reliable design collaboration.

Square Robot needed to accelerate the development of its special robots used to inspect and repair autonomously; drastically reducing the human labor and costs associated with inspecting and maintaining the fuel storage tanks. It’s essentially a Wall-E for the inside of petroleum tanks! However, in order to successfully create an autonomous, solo piece of technology to explore the dark and dangerous crevices of these tanks, Square Robot leaned on various SOLIDWORKS Solutions.

Square Robot found it easier to communicate with one another about key strategic changes, design flaws and challenges, and much more via the cloud-based collaboration solution; Collaborative Designer. Square Robot worked with SOLIDWORKS CAD and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to use the data and lifestyle management solutions available to facilitate remote design and collaboration.

Because Collaborative Designer and SOLIDWORKS desktop software work together flawlessly, it enabled Square Robot to manage important documents and designs from within the desktop authoring application. Collaborating within a single program versus hemorrhaging from costly IT overhead gave engineers, managers, and key stakeholders flexibility, time, and accelerated development cycles to push their revamped product to market.

“The solutions enabled us to improve communication within and efficiency across the development team, eliminated the delays that were previously encountered, and helped us accelerate development,” O’Connell adds.

Challenge:

To accelerate development of autonomous, submersible, hovering robots that can inspect the interiors of full petroleum above-ground storage tanks and dramatically reduce the costs associated with inspecting these tanks.

Solution:

Extend SOLIDWORKS CAD with data and lifecycle management solutions on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to facilitate online design and collaboration.

Benefits:

  • Accelerated collaborative development process
  • Reduced errors through improved revision control
  • Improved team collaboration and productivity
  • Developed certified robotic system for inspection within C1D2 hazardous locations

 

“With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, we are well on our way to developing a fleet of robots that can inspect fuel storage tanks across the country and world – one tank at a time.”

— Charles O’Connell, Senior Mechanical Engineer

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