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Cognite and Equinor Enter Robotics Collaboration To Accelerate Autonomous Industry

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Photo: Espen Rønnevik / Roar Lindefjeld/© Equinor 

Developed with Adigo and Createc, the robotics system limits the time process operators need to spend in hazardous environments.

OSLO, Norway / AUSTIN, Texas – June 4, 2024 – Cognite, a globally recognized leader in industrial software, today announced a joint robotics project with Equinor, an international energy company, to improve Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) initiatives at the company’s onshore facility Mongstad, outside of Bergen, Norway.

Developed in conjunction with Adigo and Createc, the project establishes robust routines, systems, and standards governing the utilization of robots within onshore facilities. To enhance safety in hazardous environments, the project will employ a combination of robots, IP cameras, and IoT sensors for remote inspections throughout Mongstad. 

press-release-qePhoto: Ole Jørgen Bratland/© Equinor 

Cognite’s leading Industrial DataOps platform, Cognite Data Fusion®️, serves as the trusted data foundation for the project, consolidating and contextualizing all operational, engineering, robotics, and IT data to deliver an advanced digital twin solution. Cognite InRobot, Cognite’s robotics field operations solution, will serve as the no-code, user-friendly interface for the digital twin, empowering process operators to execute complex, multi-robot inspection programs without a robotics expert. In addition to powering the robotics solution, Cognite Data Fusion®️ will provide Equinor with an elevated level of monitoring, enabling the organization to conduct data-driven analyses for enhanced predictive maintenance.

“Cognite Data Fusion and Cognite InRobot serve as the industrial brain for this project, integrating seamlessly with the impactful work our partner Createc is delivering with Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot and with Adigo Mekatronikk’s fully automated solution for water sampling using their proprietary robot Adigo VÅK_2,” said Laxmi Akkaraju, Chief Customer Officer at Cognite.“We are honored to partner with Equinor, a leader when it comes to the use of robotics in industry. Our technology combined with Equinor’s operational expertise will take the development of the autonomous industry one step further.” 

Adigo recently launched the new generation of the versatile robot platform VÅK, capable of handling heavy payloads (30kg) and long working hours (8h) before autodocking for charging. VÅK will be used for autonomous transport of water samples from several points in the water treatment plant, operating 24/7. At each sampling point, Adigo installed a system to deliver fluid samples to the robot. Adigo VÅK will drastically reduce the need and presence of personnel in hazardous areas. 

“Adigo’s expertise within industrial product development in technically advanced interdisciplinary projects will play a crucial role in ensuring successful integration of a fit-for-purpose sampling system into Equinor’s daily operations at Mongstad,“ said Øyvind Overskeid, CEO at Adigo.

“Createc is excited to work alongside Cognite and Equinor on this project and look forward to applying our experience in deploying bespoke robotics in harsh environments,” said Will Newsom, CEO at Createc. 

About Cognite
Cognite makes Generative AI work for industry. Leading energy, manufacturing, and power & renewables enterprises choose Cognite to deliver secure, trustworthy, and real-time data to transform their asset-heavy operations to be safer, more sustainable, and more profitable. Cognite provides a user-friendly, secure, and scalable platform that makes it easy for all decision-makers, from the field to remote operations centers, to access and understand complex industrial data, collaborate in real time, and build a better tomorrow. Visit us at www.cognite.ai and follow us on  LinkedIn and X.

About Adigo
Established in 1996, Adigo AS is committed to driving strategic innovation in robotics and AI to positively impact the world. Our interdisciplinary expertise fuels unique solutions across sectors, evidenced by our portfolio of leading clients and ventures like the advanced weeding robot (kiltersystems.com) and the VÅK-1 inspection robot. Visit us at adigo.no and follow us on LinkedIn.

 About Createc 
Createc was formed in 2010 with a single office in the Lake District, UK. Now, Createc has grown to employ over 55 people, across Cumbria and Oxford in the UK, Oslo, and Tokyo in Japan. Createc is a multi-sector technology specialist with a global client base, and operations in Asia, UK, and Europe. Our resources include three specialist laboratories and a multi-faceted, highly qualified team of over 50 scientists and technicians, with skills in robotics, electronics and sensor technology, nuclear imaging, engineering, AI and software. Visit us at Createc.co.uk and follow us on LinkedIn.

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Michelle Holford
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