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Quanta Technology robotics

LineScout, developed by Hydro-Québec’s Research Institute, is a robot used on power lines that has the capacity to cross obstacles.

Robots Are Coming

Utilities use three robotic technologies for energized transmission line work.

The expected increase in live-line work technologies to maintain, repair, reconductor and rebuild lines and equipment has stimulated the development and use of robotic devices. These devices safely minimize risk to field personnel, reduce operational costs and maintain power system reliability.

Utilities and service providers currently employ three primary robotic technologies:

  • Ground-based robots are designed to capture and control energized conductors

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