Robotics for TBM Maintenance

Work Package 6

The objective for NeTTUN is to develop tools in order to automate the maintenance of the TBM cutterhead. The beneficiaries are developing a robust robotic maintenance system that enables in particular the automation of routine tasks, like the inspection and exchange of drag bits and disc cutters. This will improve the productivity of the TBM (e.g. by reducing downtimes) and reduce the health risk to operators (by largely eliminating the need for human presence in a pressurised environment). In addition to the fully automated operation for routine tasks, operators will be able to perform complex inspection and maintenance operations through remote control of the system. An advanced human machine interface is being developed for this purpose, including haptic feedback and virtual immersion.