Robots are going to take on difficult tasks for us in the future. Plenty of businesses are already using robots to operate efficiently. LaserPipe explores the idea of using a snake-arm robot and high-powered lasers for in-bore pipe welding. Such a robotic system works in confined spaces and hazardous situations.
This system features remote locating of weld joint, alignment of laser, and in-bore laser welding. OCRobotics has more information about this project.