Robots are pervasive in industry. But the oil and gas sector, with its continuously flowing profits, has been notoriously late to the game. After a decade of development, Robotic Drilling Systems A/S, a small, 30-person R&D and robotics company in Sandnes, Norway, is upping the ante with a range of four high-precision drill-floor electric robots to automate harsh tasks traditionally performed by humans in the dangerous “red zone” on oil rigs. The industry, keen on staying profitable in the face of slumping oil prices, is watching closely.
With robotic drill floor operations the future is here.
Jimmy Bostrøm, chief operating officer, RDS
Robotic Drilling Systems (RDS), headquartered near Stavanger, Norway’s oil capital, is working hard to fill this technological vacuum. In the past decade, RDS (formerly Seabed Rig) has developed and refined four industrial robots that make drilling for oil faster, smarter, safer and more cost-effective when installed on the drill floor. Accurate and speedy, RDS robots feature a high degree of autonomous control.