A robotic arm device capable of accessing machinery and equipment, which is otherwise difficult access for maintenance and repair is provided. An apparatus comprising a support arm with a plurality of longitudinal segments each capable of movement one with respect to the other to define a serpentine path or shape, work head carrier located at or near the distal end of the arm and adapted to carry a work and or examination tool and controller for controlling the movement of at least some of the segments such that the arm may be advanced longitudinally along an access path to present the tool at the work location. The arm is formed by a combination of segments, each comprising a plurality of links with and may include a separate controller for each segment.

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