The inspection of critical components such as pipes, columns, reactors, pressure vessels, tank boilers etc. is of key importance at large-scale technical facilities in both the oil and gas and basic chemicals industries. Using small, mobile automated and autonomous inspection systems can bring about considerable improvements in terms of assessing the condition of key components. Automatic measurement with an inspection robot increases the precision of measurement and the resulting data. This paves the way for major improvements in terms of lifetime assessment and trending. Based on this, outages can be optimised and shortened.
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A particular advantage of small and agile inspection robots is that they also allow areas that would not otherwise be directly accessible to be reached without opening or disassembly the structure. Modern inspection technologies (UT and phase array) can be used in place of x-ray applications to allow inspection work to be conducted in parallel.
The Alstom Inspection Robotics systems appropriate for the oil and gas and basic chemicals industries are industry-tested, and have proven their worth in the tough environment of the power plant service business.
The following are some of the components that can be efficiently assessed using inspection technology:
- Pipes (inside and outside)
- Long tubes and heat exchangers (inside)
- Tanks (inspection of walls and floors from the inside)
- Furnaces and boilers
- Flare systems
- Columns (corrosion and cracks from the inside and outside)
- Reactors (weld inspection from the inside)