Many industries are now seriously looking at automation. Here is a different take – where one business decided to automate the hazardous side of a human activities of a job to keep humans safer from industrial accidents!
In Episode 1, Erin Moffatt shares why she shifted from her engineering career in energy into robotics – into a role where her existing skills and capabilities could transition into doing things that aligned with her values – people, planet and prosperity!
At her new role in business development for Confined Space Robotics, she’s is now upskilling and training and enjoying every moment of her continuous learning.
Stay tuned for Episode 2 where we talk more about the robots on their team – fondly called Nielsen and Bob who also work with MacKay Spence.
Spence Corrosion Services is a Canadian company that specializes in corrosion mitigation of storage tanks and vessels. In order to apply the corrosion protection solution such as coating or rubber lining, Spence also provides services in water jetting and abrasive blasting to remove the existing coatings to return the metal to a raw state before applying the new corrosion protection. Unfortunately, a few years ago a foreman was injured during an abrasive blast on a tank. This was the Eureka moment for Norm Spence, CEO of Spence Corrosion, to find a solution to keep humans safe. To Norm’s surprise after a year-long search there was no existing technology or automation of coating and blasting in a confined space. This is when Confined Space Robotics (CSR) was born. Since 2019, CSR has been developing robotic solutions for abrasive blasting, inspections, interior and exterior coatings, and vacuuming.
About Erin Moffatt
Erin is the Business Development Executive at Confined Robotics. She holds a P.Eng, as a graduate of the BSc program in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary. She has experience in project management and business development within Canada and abroad. Her skills range from years managing multimillion-dollar projects to Full Stack Software Development, to Social Entrepreneurship, and working in the Non-Profit Sector. She has had the privilege of speaking at entrepreneurial events and conferences has refined her interpersonal, leadership and communication abilities.
About Confined Space Robotics
Spence Corrosion Services is a Canadian company that specializes in on-site blasting and relining of storage tanks and pressure vessels exposed to corrosive or abrasive environments. They have served the Oil & Gas industry for over a decade and are familiar with the dangers present in their field. Even with all the administrative controls set in place and the PPE used, incidents have occurred during the abrasive blasting process. Norm Spence’s vision was to keep humans safe and out of harms way during the rehabilitation of tanks and vessels. Confined Space Robotics (CSR) was created to serve the industry need to eliminate or reduce humans working in dangerous confined space environment. CSR is a robotics solutions company that offers a technology that changes the industry approach to abrasive blasting and coating. CSR’s technology offering includes robots for inspections, abrasive blasting, coatings, and vacuuming.