The NIC Carbon fibre Robotic Telescopic Manipulator has been developed with leading EOD operators in the British Army. Now manufactured from a fully telescopic carbon fibre pole, the new design is stronger and lighter, and can be adjusted to a much greater degree to increase its operational capability.
The manipulator offers the following advantages:
• Operators may carry out tasks at a 3 metre stand off, offering increased levels of safety. • Ability to place disrupters, X ray equipment and a host of other tools used in device disposal and investigation. • Jaws open/close and rotate under powered control. The angle of the jaws is achieved by manual adjustment. • Adjustable counterweight for perfect balance • Fully telescopic carbon fibre tube sections, simple assembly. • Rigid Transport case. • Rechargeable battery (charger included). • Twice the rigidity of other telescopic manipulators.
The claw is positioned at the end of a 3 metre carbon fibre telescopic arm. This standoff distance significantly increases operator safety, in the event of an unplanned detonation. The manipulator also hosts a frangible section. In the event of an unplanned detonation, this section will fail first, significantly reducing the force transferred along the manipulator to the operator. The extendable counterweight at the rear allows balance to be maintained when working. The counterweight may be preset, so that once a suspect device is lifted, perfect balance is obtained, thus making handling easier for the operator. Fine adjustment of balance may be achieved by moving the manipulator forwards or backwards on the shoulder strap. The robotic claw is able to manipulate disruptors, X ray equipment and a host of other tools used in disposal or investigation techniques. The ability to grasp, and rotate objects in the claw also offers the options of moving devices into containment vessels, or to reposition them in. Once a device is held in the jaws, the ability to rotate the jaws ensures that the device may be moved in the safest orientation for the operator.
The Manipulator also has the option to mount a lightweight, portable bipod. This aids in the use of the manipulator, to more accurately position the claw, and increase the lifting capacity of the Manipulator. The bipod is fitted with swivel castors, and folds in half for ease of storage and transport.