Roland Moser - On Mechanical Engineering Design for Power Plant Service Robots

Roland Moser
Alstom Power


As Power Plants come of age, regular and thorough inspections of the main components such as turbines, generators and boiler are key to maintain availability and safety. This keynote will present advanced mechanical engineering design concepts that allow for the realization of advanced and compact inspection robots as they are used in the Power Industry today. Examples of industrial inspection robots will show the successful implementation of these design concepts.


Roland Moser holds an MSc and PhD in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. He held research positions with NASA (USA) and the University of Tokyo (Japan) prior to managing the electronic and electric engineering department of a Swiss textile machinery manufacturer. He joined ALSTOM in 2005 where he was assigned to the development and implementation of an Inspection Technology R&D department including the joint ventures ALSTOM Inspection Robotics Ltd and Waterjet Technologies Ltd. Roland served as R&D department manager for Inspection Methods and Robotics & Automation until 2011 when he was assigned Chief Engineer for Service Technologies.

He is author and co-author of over 20 peer reviewed journal papers, over 30 peer reviewed conference publications and over 20 patents in the field of NDT, robotics, machine tools and magnetic levitation. Roland is scientific advisor to the Institute of Production and Robotics of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), winner of the 2010 Europ/Euron Technology Transfer Award and finalist of the 2010 IEEE-IFR Invention and Entrepreneurship Award.