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[post_date] => 2019-06-13 12:15:09
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[post_content] => Autonomous robots are rapidly finding an important role in the hazardous chemicals supply chain. Their ability to undertake highly detailed work in dangerous environments not only provides the necessary data to provide solutions and safety but does so without risk to human life.
Over the past few years technological advances in robotics and data capture have accelerated, enabling new innovations and expanded capabilities when it comes to tank inspections and tank bottom integrity evaluation. In one recent example, Phillips 66, Square Robot and Veritank collaborated to successfully develop, construct and deploy an autonomous robot that safely performed its first in-service inspection of the interior of an aboveground diesel storage tank ahead of wider industry use.
“The Phillips 66 team, beginning with their investment in December 2016, has helped Square Robot deliver on its commitment to build autonomous robots to safely inspect tank interiors,” says Square Robot co-founder Eric Levitt.
The new robot can automatically survey and map obstacles within a tank -- while the tank remains in service – to create a specific route map allowing maximum coverage of the tank floor. Using the non-destructive testing (NDT) data gathered, a certified inspector will produce a floor thickness map allowing for a more accurate prediction of a tank floor’s remaining life.
The new design by Square Robot – a young company started by three robotics experts specifically to address the growing need for swimming autonomous robots for oil and gas applications – has received National Electric Code Class 1, Division 2 (C1D2) certification. The importance of this certification is that it allows inspections to occur while the tank is in service and filled with product. The savings in both time and money can be huge if there is no need to empty a tank each time an inspection is due.
“We continue to find immense value in being able to better understand the internal condition of our tanks while they remain in service,” says Todd Denton, general manager, midstream operations, at Phillips 66. “We see numerous applications for this service and look forward to its continued deployment across our portfolio.”
Clint Collins, CEO of Veritank, adds: “The ongoing collaboration with the Phillips 66 team of inspection and safety experts has been invaluable during the testing and qualification phase. As we launch and commercialise this new service offering, it is paramount that we maintain our focus on safety and install robust deployment processes while continuing to find new ways to provide value-added services to tank owners and operators.”
Veritank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Square Robot, established in 2018 to provide robotic in-service tank inspections of aboveground storage tanks. Veritank brings together state-of-the-art autonomous robots and experienced inspection professionals to ensure safe access, inspection and value to tank owners and operators.
Development of the tank inspection robot is ongoing, opening up new application possibilities. “In the next phase of development, we will deliver a system certified for C1D1 operations, allowing in-service inspections of lower flash point liquid storage tanks, such as crude and gasoline,” explains Levitt.
[post_title] => Tank inspection: Look, no hands!
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Tank inspection: Look, no hands!
Advances in robotics now allow for full tank bottom integrity inspections without putting lives at risk or tanking the tank out of service