Barely launched on to the market, a South African designed and developed inspection robot has already won local orders and attracted international interest, with potential overseas clients set to come to this country to examine it.

The machine is the Ryonic Modular Inspection System, or RMIS, produced by Johannesburg-based Ryonic Industries. “We’ve been developing the project for two years, attracting a lot of interest, both local and international,” reports company MD and chief roboticist Ryan Beech. “It’s a pipeline inspection crawler robot, although it can be adapted to other roles as well. It’s been on the market for only a couple of months.” The robot is being marketed as the RMIS Crawler System.