Inuktun’s Eastern Canada Sales Manager, Bill Tarant, was recently invited to demonstrate a remote crawler solution for inspecting the inside of wind turbine blades on operational turbines in Bad Axe, Michigan. Tarant was given a first-hand look at how operators require regular remote visual inspection both internally and externally for wind farm assets. Equipped with the MaggHD™ miniature magnetic crawler, he travelled up to the nacelle with an onsite technician to show the crawler’s high definition inspection capabilities in confined spaces.
From the nacelle, Tarant started the crawler on its journey down the centre channel - the largest area of the blade. At the hub side, the vertical distance is over six feet but it tapers down to only a few inches at the tip. The onsite technician was handed the joystick controller and, within a matter of minutes, he was positioning the vehicle and performing inspections.
The MaggHD™ was also demonstrated climbing up the tower to the blades allowing the camera to inspect for damage. This powerful but small vehicle is equipped with rare earth magnets that keep the crawler securely attached to the tower, with the tracks positioned to ensure the best possible traction. The site supervisor was impressed with what he saw; he had just been up that same tower doing a visual inspection and noted that the HD camera captured better viewing and superior images.
Inuktun’s remote inspection systems can carry more than just a camera and lights. We have built crawlers to deliver ultrasonic measurement, eddy current, GPR, sonar, 3D laser scanners, high pressure water jets, cleaning brushes and much more.
For more information on the MaggHD™ and the rest of Inuktun’s Multi-Mission Modular (IM3) technology, contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff today. And don’t forget to send us your own #InuktunInTheWild sightings to be featured on our blog!