Inuktun Sighting #86: Don’t Forget to Brush

Internal Water Tank Remote Visual Inspection and Ultrasonic Testing with Inuktun MaggUT™ - Marine Miniature Magnetic Crawler

Internal Water Tank Remote Visual Inspection and Ultrasonic Testing with Inuktun MaggUT™ - Marine Miniature Magnetic Crawler

When Petrospect Inspection Est. needed a robust robotic vehicle that would not only perform both Remote Visual Inspections (RVI) and Ultrasonic Testing (UT), but also clean away the heavy sediment often found on the bottom of steel storage tanks, they did what most of us would do - they searched the internet. But they couldn’t find anything that fully fit the bill. Luckily, they did find Inuktun, and our OnSite MaggUT™ - Marine.

The company, based in Saudi Arabia, contacted the Inuktun sales team to see if we could customize our standard system to fulfill their requirements; and of course we said yes! Our engineers developed a new OnSpec Custom Solution that allowed the MaggUT™ - Marine miniature magnetic crawler to combine a heavy-duty cleaning brush with a Crystal Cam® Sapphire inspection camera and a standard Olympus ultrasonic thickness gauge. The complete system was shipped in April, and Petrospect has already put it to use.

In their initial tests, the cleaning brush was effective at moving the debris from the tank floor to allow the on-board UT probe to contact the surface and take multiple thickness measurements.

Internal Water Tank Remote Visual Inspection and Ultrasonic Testing with Inuktun MaggUT™ - Marine Miniature Magnetic Crawler

Internal Water Tank Remote Visual Inspection and Ultrasonic Testing with Inuktun MaggUT™ - Marine Miniature Magnetic Crawler

Petrospect’s General Manager, Hatem M. Abu-Ghalieh was very happy with the results, stating “The specialized MaggUT - Marine’s performance has been excellent; it allows us to perform visual and UT thickness measurements of the water storage tanks while they are in-service”. He highly recommends our Multi-Mission Modular (IM3) technology, also noting that the tether allows for easy deployment and retrieval of the vehicle, and the image enhancement system is a worthwhile upgrade.

They are currently planning more inspections jobs for their MaggUT™ - Marine system, including RVI and nondestructive testing (NDT) of potable water and fire water tanks located in a petrochemical plant.

Do you have a challenging remote inspection or tooling application? Contact our team today for information on our remote visual inspection cameras and vehicles for your industrial operations, and don’t forget to share your own #InuktunInTheWild sightings to be featured on Inuktun’s blog.

The specialized MaggUT - Marine’s performance has been excellent; it allows us to perform visual and UT thickness measurements of the water storage tanks while they are in-service.
— Hatem M. Abu-Ghalieh, General Manager, Petrospect Inspection Est.