Safety First – AAEON’s Robotic Solution for Power Station Maintenance

The PICO-V2K4 powers robotics in the energy sector.
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A large power station sought to deploy a robotic solution for equipment testing purposes. These tasks would require employees to perform analysis of complex equipment in tight, hazardous spaces. Therefore, the company felt that a compact, four-legged robotic unit would be the perfect fit, and chose the PICO-V2K4 to build it.
Project Need

Rugged, Durable Design

The company required a board that could function in exceptionally harsh environmental conditions, with varying temperatures.

WiTAS 2 Certified Temperature Range

The PICO-V2K4’s wide -40°F ~ 185°F (-40°C ~ 85°C) temperature range made it functional in the power station’s harsh environment.

High-Performance Computing

Due to the intricate analysis required to detect errors, the power station required accuracy, so strong processing power was needed.

AMD Ryzen™ V2000 Embedded Power

The PICO-V2K4 could provide accurate equipment defect via its AMD Ryzen™ V2000 series CPU’s analysis of camera and sensor data.

Comprehensive Mini PC

The company wanted to power their robot with a board equipped with all necessary functions onboard, to avoid component-specific failure.

Integrated Functionality

With its CPU, LPDDR4x, and NVMe storage onboard; the PICO-V2K4 was an integrated solution. Its I/O also provided infrared camera and LIDAR sensor support. 
Application Architecture
Through the PICO-V2K4’s 8-bit GPIO and SMBus/I2C support, the robot used sensors for device measurement reading while traversing the power station via autonomous route planning, made possible by the board’s NVMe storage. To perform temperature and defect detection tests on equipment, the robot used infrared cameras connected via the PICO-V2K4’s dual USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface. These images were then analyzed to detect equipment anomalies, process flow rates and pressure values. 
Implementing a robotic solution to address the power station’s safety requirements reduced occupational health concerns, and eliminated the exposure of workers to potential hazards. Additionally, the robot’s sophisticated architecture gave the power station’s equipment inspections a greater degree of accuracy and efficiency, reducing the potential for errors.
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