Fives automates pot activities to ensure safety to floor operators.
In the potline, some hazardous tasks, including the handling of pot hoods during anode changing, still need to be carried out manually by a floor operator. To overcome this, Fives has developed an Embedded Service Robot (ESR), a tool mounted on the Pot Tending Machine (PTM) dedicated to handle the pot hoods automatically. The ESR will therefore replace the floor operator.
The handling of the pot hoods is the main function of the ESR but it can also perform other tasks such as bath sweeping around the pot, and some other functions under development such as the brushing of the anode stems for better electrical contact.
The ESR is the ultimate tool to be added to the PTM: automatic, versatile, fast and reliable.