ETD, together with its industry sponsors, started a new multi-client Group Sponsored Project (GSP) at the start of 2018. The mere size of industrial plant (such as, for example, power plant boilers and HRSGs, burners, ducting etc.) means that visually examining various parts needs time, costly scaffolding and hazardous climbing. Some preliminary investigations on the use of commercial drones, with basic modifications for safe operation, are now being considered by some industrial plants. Similarly, the use of small robots or robotic arms that can help to inspect difficult to access areas or operate in environments that are hazardous can save cost, money and lives.
The aim of this short term (up to six months duration) feasibility study GSP “Drones and Robots for Inspection” was to investigate automated devices available in the market and those being developed by universities, research institutes or SMEs and make recommendations for appropriate and cost effective devices (which may even be used as consumables, for example, 3D printed drones with light plastic frames and safety cages) for industrial inspection. Please click on the image to see a brief of the proposal.
The benefit of joining this GSP, in which costs are shared, is that each participant gains the results of the whole project at a fraction of the total project cost.
The feasibility study phase of this project has now been completed and a proposal for phase 2 of the project is being launched in 2019 which includes the development of a hybrid system.
For the detailed proposal and costs involved please contact us.