Simulated “Hot Cell Manipulator Work Station”




Challenge your skills!

Can you insert all four radioactive specimen cylinders into their containers?


(This simulator is designed for museum and other educational uses. It is not for use with radioactive materials).

This exhibit challenges the user's skills to place four specimens into their cylinders and cap them for later experiments and research. A count down timer display near the control panel challenges your speed and dexterity.

Prior to the timer going off, these theatric elements will occur:

1- a green light comes on and a vocal recording states your task.

2- a yellow light comes on and a vocal recording states, "Radioactive test materials need to be placed into the storage containers."

3- A vocal recording makes statements about the user's progress.

4- If the user fails to cap off all 4, then the timer will end the session. The voice feedback of the session ends in one of two ways. Either the user is successful and vocal recording states congratulation; or the user is unsuccessful and the user is thanked for their attempt and asked if they would like try again to improve their skills.

After the end of a session the cylinders and caps are automatically ejected back onto the activity surface.

In real applications Telemanipulators are used in experiments with radioactive materials and with other industrial substances. They are also used in a variety of medical research applications which also uses radioactive materials.

Voice recordings can be bilingual. We use Voice Playback technology for this option.

Hot cells are used in nuclear-energy and the nuclear-medicines industries. They are required to protect individuals from radioactive isotopes by providing a safe containment box in which they can control and manipulate the equipment required. Often manipulation is done via Manipulator arms. The main educational focus of this exhibit is to illustrate how manipulators can extend human capabilities to accomplish tasks such as handling waste material, experiments and in certain medical applications. The exhibit features two electromechanical robotic manipulators that measure approximately 39” long from the tip of the fingers to the base of the shoulder pivot assembly.  Arms have pressure sensitive and end of travel limits, and can adapt to any arrangement of objects stacked in their path. Made of lightweight 6061 Aluminum. The arms are totally open framed for educational viewing and based closely on the proportions of an actual human arm. It is especially designed with safety features and force limits. To see examples of our arms click here.  Each arm has five ranges of motion and movement with 3 finger hands (thumb hand movement).  Our arms have been used in exhibit robotics devices since 1993. The basic design for the arm has also been used in rehabilitation robotics experiments where it provided dexterity, durability and a somewhat human appearance.

Our robot arms are a durable cost effective and easy to maintain solution to your exhibit robotics applications. All the major components for the arm and controls are “off the shelf” items for your maintenance and repair convenience. We build each arm with a combination of aluminum, nylon, steel, commercial and industrial components and durable exhibit cases. You will never see a pressed wood product come from our workshop. Our control panels are built to take the rigors of public use with thick aluminum tops and quality switches and controls.  The exhibit is designed to be visually stunning, educational and useable by virtually any age of museum visitor.  This exhibit is view able from all sides making it ideal for mid floor locations.  Each arm is protected by limit controls and spring loaded for shock. The limit controls use simple logic to avoid over travel, as opposed to expensive and hard to repair computer guided systems. The fingers operate by pressing push switches. A joystick is used to operate the wrist, shoulder and elbow ranges of motion. The exhibit is configured as a demonstration to illustrate nuclear application for remote handling robotics. Different types of remote handling robots are used by industry, aerospace and commercial establishments to extend human capabilities in hazardous situations.

If you have been troubled by Robotic exhibits that are extremely high cost or are hard to maintain and require highly skilled personnel and expensive repairs, we can provide the quality alternative. We will build a complete exhibit including quality built electronic-electromechanical robot arms, fully enclosed exhibit case for the arms, support electronics, visual support materials, maintenance information and schedule, activities and control panel. This is the full size version of the exhibit. Approximate size of case " 84 x " wide x 84" deep x 108” long. 

For more information contact us.

7-year warranty against defects in our workmanship; Free Life-time phone/internet technical support; Life-time parts supply sourcing for our exhibits at wholesale prices.

Our exhibits have a long service life expectancy, with many units still functioning smoothly at 10 years plus. They are so easy to maintain and repair, that it usually takes regular museum staff only 15 to 20 minutes.






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