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Interesting Storage Tank Robots

Storage tank robots allow for tank cleaning automation, promoting a faster, more efficient, and safer method to clean and inspect reservoirs and storage tanks. Implementing this underwater technology promotes an effective use of automation, as using a storage tank robot is safer than sending in a diver and more cost effective than emptying the storage facility.

As we’ve said in the past, storage tank maintenance is a task that needs to be done correctly the first time or it will cause more work in the future. Using a storage tank robot for cleaning, maintenance, and inspection will effectively increase accuracy, as video and sensor feedback can be analyzed in real-time to identify and classify defects that the naked eye may not be able to detect.

There are multiple varieties of this popular technology; the following are leaders in using and promoting storage tank robots; however, this is by no means an exhaustive list, so please add your comments to highlight anything you think should be included!

Pulkit Gaur’s Sausr was designed with the goal of creating a mechanism that can clean water storage tanks without emptying them or wasting water. SaUsR stands for “smart autonomous under-water service robot”.


Invert Robotics
Invert Robotics primarily inspects large stainless steel tans, silos, and dryers using robotic technology. With a team consisting of an operator and qualified inspection professional, a robot is used to perform maintenance inspections with the robot feeding data to a control station positioned outside the equipment.


The VR-600 is remote controlled and equipped with rotating brushes and a powerful pump that directly pumps out all loosened sediment – without raising turbidity in the reservoir. The VR-600 is equipped with a video camera that facilitates inspection of the inside of the reservoir. The entire cleaning process is documented and the customer receives both a videotape and a written report.


Large, above-ground storage tank cleaning is accomplished by this newly developed, patent-pending Industrobot H5 cleaning tool; comprised of a collection of several commonly used products and processes designed for large above-ground storage tanks (ASTs) that contain hazardous materials or environments.


Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS) is using “Tizzy” – a tank-cleaning robot, which removes high-level solid, radioactive material from the floor of SRS waste tanks, transfering the material to nearby waste processing facilities, operating much like a swimming pool cleaner.


Neptune, 1992 (University Project):

The Neptune, 1992 is a mobile robot to inspect interiors of fuel storage tanks for deterioration.


Light Duty Utility Arm
The arm and deployment subsystem consists of the robotic manipulator arm, the vertical positioning mast and mast housing, the deployment vehicle, and alignment positioning mechanisms. The robotic manipulator has a seven degree-of-freedom kinematic design that provides dexterity for reaching around obstacles and orienting end effectors to perform in-tank operations.


Robotic Inspection System for Oil Tanks (University Project)
This twolink (monkey) arm was designed and built at CRRL. The arm was built as part of a senior design project to emulate the operation of a delivery robot designed to operate within oil storage tanks for purposes of nondestructive inspection.


TNphoto Tatsuya Nakagawa
Tatsuya Nakagawa is the VP of Marketing and co-founder of Castagra Products, a storage tank and wastewater coatings manufacturing company that is highly acclaimed for its sustainable coatings, cold weather tank coating applications, and its durable frac tank coatings. Castagra is used by the world’s top oil and gas field services companies.