What is field testing and why is it conducted?

Field testing is a development process which allows Reach Robotics to collect valuable information and data on our products completing a range of tasks in different environments. It is the best way to put ourselves into the shoes of our customers and test our technology in real-world environments. This enables us to identify where unexpected issues may arise, thoroughly test the performance of a product and use this feedback to enhance its capabilities.

Field testing two Reach Bravo manipulators on a Falcon ROV

Collecting data from our products

One of the most critical questions our team is looking to answer during each field test is: Can the user utilise the manipulator for their desired outcome in the most efficient and reliable way?

Testing our arms in an external environment can reveal flaws that were previously unidentified, allowing our Research & Development Team to review the data and implement solutions for future iterations. This data can pertain to the specific features of our technology, or its ability to withstand environmental disturbances. Not only does the field test process provide valuable feedback on a manipulator’s ability to accomplish its predetermined goal, but also the intuitive nature of the whole system. Field testing allows our team to gain first-hand experience with our range of products, and refine the operator experience enabling a better integrated system overall.

Testing underwater applications with Reach Alpha

Future improvements

The results and data we gather from field testing is processed to identify any parts or functionalities of the system that are not working as expected so that they can be addressed. All data points are documented into our backlog, which is then used to improve the function and logistics of our systems, and produce further enhancements for our product line.

If there is a specific application you would like us to test with our products, please get in touch with our team. Reach Robotics is committed to working with our clients to resolve their specific remote operation requirements.

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Command Pods

Command Pods are a pair of space mouse controllers comprising of left and right units. They are designed to attach to an ROV control tablet and allow full system control from one interface. The Command Pod configuration simplifies control of a dual-manipulator system as operators are able to intuitively control both arms, while still piloting the vehicle.
The joystick model allows for arms to be directed towards a target while the system automatically maps the arms configuration along that path.


Compatible with all Reach Robotics manipulators, the Master Arm controller is available in five and seven-function models to mimic your robotic arm. Achieve unparalleled precision and accuracy while undertaking complex tasks including:
  • Precise placement of probes for crack and corrosion monitoring.
  • Place and recover objects with unmatched dexterity and minimised
  • Attach hooks and shackles consistently.
  • Reach confined areas unreachable with lower degree-of-freedom manipulators
    and traditional control methods.