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Heatec Jietong launches robotic paint removal system

Singapore: Heatec Jietong is launching a robotic system for paint removal from ships, that is both faster and more environmentally friendly. Singapore-listed Heatec Jietong has launched a joint venture Heatec Chariot Envirobotics which will utilise envirobot robotic vehicles developed by partner Chariot Robotics. The magnetically attached robots will be used to remove paint from ships in repair yards and according to the company offer significant advantages over traditional grit blasting or manual ultra-high pressure systems. The envirobot is 10 times faster than traditional methods and can cover 70 sq metres of surface an hour compared to seven sq metres an hour. While abrasive blasting systems produce 28 kilos of waste per sq metre the envirobot produces just 0.6 kilos of waste. "The envirobot, with its proven capabilities to improve productivity and reduce pollution, is an excellent product which will not only benefit our customers but also the environment at large," said Johnny Soon, chairman and ceo of Heatec Jietong. [26/03/10]

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