Saving money. It’s something most of us think about almost daily, especially around the holidays. And commercial markets are no different. Take the petrochemical industry as an example; the recent Dow-DuPont merger, a US $130 billion deal, is all about the savings. The company expects to shrink costs by $3 billion every year as a result of workforce reductions and some plant closures.
But we’re starting to see another interesting shift in this industry, and it’s also all about reducing costs. Every chemical plant in the world needs to perform visual examinations and nondestructive tests on its assets, both during an annual turnaround and on an ad-hoc basis. Historically this has been done almost entirely by people who perform confined space entries (CSEs) into tanks, pipes, and pressure vessels. We know of one plant that was doing close to 14,000 CSEs every year… until now. By implementing a remote camera and robotics program, petrochemical plants can dramatically reduce the number of CSEs required. And by exploiting Inuktun’s Multi-Mission Modular (IM3™) approach, a handful of systems and components can be used for a broad range of requirements. Our Versatrax™ crawlers and Spectrum™ cameras can be used to perform remote visual inspections (RVI) and Ultrasonic Thickness (UT) testing across a range of structures; changing pipe diameters, bends, vertical sections and hazardous areas can all be accessed with options for material handling, tooling, and other nondestructive testing (NDT) tools. Best of all, by moving away from CSEs and going to remote entry has a dramatic effect on safety, reducing the threat to people by keeping them from ever having to enter a confined space.
In a highly competitive, and sometimes hostile, commercial environment, every dollar counts. Rely on Inuktun’s robotic crawlers and inspection cameras for your RVI and NDT needs – within budget. Contact our team to learn more today.