When Occidental Petroleum Corporation needed to conduct FOSAR (foreign object search and retrieval) at a plant in South Texas, the oil and gas powerhouse turned to Inuktun’s Multi-Mission Modular (IM3) technology. The VT150 Vertical Crawler™ was the perfect vehicle for retrieving a missing grinding wheel inside a 90-foot pipe. Houston-based Inuktun InCommand Robotics was onsite to assist TeamQualspec employees with the inspection.
TeamQualspec’s operator quickly learned the basic functions and maneuvers of the VT150 Vertical Crawler™. Introduced last year as the big brother to Inuktun’s VT100 Vertical Crawler™, the VT150 Vertical Crawler™ is equipped with 7000 series Minitracs™, a Spectrum 90™ pan, tilt and zoom camera, and an expanding chassis. It was this chassis that allowed the crawler to effortlessly navigate the 24-inch entry point. Despite the fact the vehicle is designed for ideal performance in 18 to 36-inch pipe, the VT150 Vertical Crawler™ was able to perform effectively in 48-inch internal diameter pipe. The vehicle was equipped with a six-inch suction hose that cleaned debris, removed blockages and metal shavings and retrieved the grinding wheel (stay tuned for a video).
With dangers associated with manned inspection of confined spaces becoming a hot topic in the industry, IM3 technology is being sought after more and more. Occidental Petroleum Corporation was impressed by the performance of the VT150 Vertical Crawler™ and plans to rely on IM3 technology heavily moving forward.
The VT150 Vertical Crawler™ operates in pipes from 18 to 36 inches, easily adapting to its environment with a remotely controlled expanding tripod chassis. Support for an underwater laser and other integrated options are readily available. Contact us today to learn more about the VT150 Vertical Crawler™ and for all your remote inspection and sensing needs!