What Are Robotic Inspection Services ?

Traditional non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection rely on conventional manual NDT approaches which are often unsafe, manual, and inefficient. These methods are also subject to variation in the quality of the inspector and their ability to provide consistently accurate and reliable measurements. Robotic Inspection Services help keep employees safe, can reduce inspection times, automate data collection, and ensure greater data consistency. These tools can reduce the overall cost of inspections since users can outsource their requirements, rather than bear the overhead of an internal inspection staff for inspections that may occur every couple of years or more.

Robotic Inspection Services

These services focus on robotic solutions that are deployed as part of providing an inspection service, especially the non-destructive testing of piping, pipelines, vessels, tanks, boilers, scrubbers, and other assets found in industries such as chemical, electric power generation, electric power transmission and distribution (T&D), food & beverage, mining, oil & gas, pharmaceutical & biotech, pulp & paper, refining, and other industries. These industries require regular inspections of their equipment and infrastructure to ensure that they are functioning optimally and to prevent downtime and safety incidents.

The use of inspection robots can also help to improve the efficiency of inspections by reducing the amount of time and resources required to complete them. This can result in cost savings for companies, as well as a reduction in the risk of human error. These robots can be deployed in a wide range of environments, including hazardous and hard-to-reach locations.

The main inspection methods deployed with the robotic solutions include eddy current, ultrasonic, visual/remote visual, and other applications that inspect for corrosion, cracks, blistering, and other defects or problems. The robotic form factors include crawlers, wheeled, tracked or snake-like robots and excludes inline smart pigs that are inserted in a pipeline and flow with product or some other energy source to propel movement. Also excluded are subsea remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) used in subsea environments.

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