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The latest edition of our GPK line of inspection robots allows you to access and inspect drop ceilings (also known as suspended ceilings or false ceilings) with ease. You no longer need to move a ladder around dozens of times to “pop up” ceiling tiles just to get a look around a drop ceiling and get frustrated that you can’t access an area of the ceiling because of obstacles on the floor like desks, tables, and specialized equipment.
This compact, durable inspection robot can traverse drop ceilings from a single access point and view other areas that might not support the weight of a person. The GPK’s lightweight design allows it to travel across drop ceiling tiles while it records video, making it invaluable for inspections and documentation. With highly maneuverable steering, the GPK can navigate over and under most obstacles found in a drop ceiling, like cable bundles, pipes, and ductwork. The simple control scheme and live video feed to the remote control make the robot easy to operate and steer.
Documenting the location and placement of electrical lines, cabling, routers, and other equipment is simple using the Drop Ceiling GPK. The combination of a powerful lighting rig and 360° camera allows users to record and map out what’s in your drop ceiling. Combining your 360° camera with an application like Matterport enhances that recording even further, letting you measure and make notes of specific items.
Using an inspection robot beats the alternative where you need to find areas across the entire workspace to put a ladder, pop up into the ceiling and look around with a flashlight. Now with the GPK you just put the robot in the drop ceiling and drive it through the space!
The LED light rig lights up the area around your robot to help catch every detail. The main steering camera also records your video feed in HD, providing further documentation for later review. The robot is powered using a standard DeWalt 12V battery for easy in-the-field charging. Just swap the battery out and keep working!
Benefits of Using a Robot with Your Suspended Ceilings
- Accessibility: You only need one or two access points to inspect an entire drop ceiling as opposed to potentially dozens of access points when using a ladder and flashlight. The robot’s compact size means the GPK can get into spaces you might otherwise miss.
- Safety: By limiting the number of times you have to climb a ladder in a crowded work area, you reduce the chance of falling or injury. Additionally, people often overstretch to see areas just out of sight.
- Efficiency: Save time by sending your robot into the drop ceiling instead of constantly climbing up yourself in different spots to get the same information.
- Visibility and Quality: The Powerful LED light rig, HD camera, and 360° camera provide better visibility and consistency than a handheld smartphone. It also allows for closer images in tight spaces.
- Better Documentation: Utilize the video your robot records above the drop ceiling to create a more accurate game plan than sketching layouts, pictures, and especially going off memory.
- Profitability: With more visibility and better documentation, you’re able to create a more accurate game plan that causes fewer changes in the field.
Use Cases for a Drop Ceiling Robot
- IT Technician, Structured Cable Technician, or CCTV Installer – see where you can run cabling and wires to create precise estimates and even pull cables with the robot.
- Architects, Structural Engineers, & MEP Engineers – see the structure inside the false ceiling as well as electrical, mechanical, and plumbing lines to design renovations more accurately.
- Commercial Property Inspectors – access areas you normally can’t see and provide clients with detailed documentation
- Building Engineers, Maintenance Technicians, & Property Managers – regularly inspect your commercial properties to look for small leaks, cracks, and concerns before they become expensive headaches.