After months of brainstorming, bouncing ideas, tinkering with models and seeking advice from academic and industrial mentors, Team Arash emerged with AMAR – Autonomous Magnetic Attraction Robot.
The Robot overcomes the arduous process by attaching to the sides of a steel vessel with magnets. AMAR is fitted with high-pressure water which was simulated with hose nozzles and paints which would clean and paint the ship.
- Reduced labour: only one person is required per device to oversee its operation
- Safer: removes the danger of people working at great heights
- Cheaper: significantly reduces the maintenance bill
During their pitch to the judges, the team put AMAR through its paces - they created a simulation of the Robot working on a ship’s exterior. About the size of a dinner-tray, the compact, flat box on four discreet wheels moved autonomously back and forth along an acute angle, demonstrating how the Robot would work in real life.