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Meet the Geckos Building Our NDT Software Tools

Gecko Robotics is a unique NDT company. Not only do we specialize in designing and manufacturing our own robots, we build an entire ecosystem of ...

Full Scope: Analyze Tank Contents to Develop a Cleaning Strategy

Tank floors are a key component for inspection in a broad range of industries and applications. While there are a number of ways a tank can fail, the ...

Perspectives on Robotics and Site Safety Outcomes

A few years ago, I heard someone say, “If you’re on-site, you’re in danger.” That’s a simple statement that really stuck with me.

A Cheat Sheet for the Alphabet Soup of Engineering Acronyms

Speaking as an outsider, engineers sure do love acronyms! It’s understandable. Engineers are trying to communicate technical properties, readings, ...

Enhancing Full Matrix Capture & Total Focusing Method with Robotics

In previous blogs, we have touched on Phased Array technology, a modern ultrasonic testing technique that is commonly deployed at oil and gas ...

Overview of Stress-Oriented Hydrogen Cracking (SOHIC)

In a previous blog, we discussed Hydrogen Induced Cracking (HIC) and how to detect it. Stress-Oriented Hydrogen Induced Cracking, or SOHIC, is a type ...

Hydrogen-Induced Cracking (HIC): What's At Risk & How Do We Detect It?

Hydrogen-induced cracking (HIC), a type of wet hydrogen sulfide (H2S) damage, is a condition commonly observed in the oil refining, petrochemical, ...

Technology for HTHA Detection

In a previous blog, we discussed High Temperature Hydrogen Attack (HTHA) - what it is, how it occurs, and briefly touched on modern detection ...

It's Earth Day- Robots to the Rescue!

Happy Earth Day, Earthlings. We, the Robots, are here to help! As the world momentarily pauses in celebration of Earth Day, let’s reflect on the ...

Non-Intrusive Inspections and How to Accomplish Them with Automation

Automating Non-Intrusive Inspections Provides Faster Inspections and Better Results Pressure vessels and other process equipment are traditionally ...

What is High Temperature Hydrogen Attack (HTHA) And Who is at Risk?

On April 2, 2010, at the Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company in Anacortes, Washington, employees were in the final stages of bringing three of six ...

Women’s History Month: The Leaky Pipeline & A New Revolution

As March comes to a close, we reflect on the trailblazing women who led the way to change by celebrating Women’s History Month and the theme of ...

Unconventional Weather Impacts on Energy Infrastructure

In mid-February, unprecedented winter storm Uri left several million Texans without heat, power, and water, disrupting energy systems and sending ...

Top Education Options for Pursuing NDE/NDT Careers

The Nondestructive Evaluation and Testing (NDE/NDT) field is an in-demand career option offering substantial room for advancement, diverse field ...

Key Considerations When Inspecting Pressure Vessels Under API 510

Inspection and maintenance of pressure vessels are of utmost importance to conducting a safe and effective mechanical integrity program. At a typical ...

RUG & Rapid AUT: Tech For Automated Ultrasonic Testing (AUT)

Advanced ultrasonic technologies offer diverse uses for in-service assets and are applicable to many industries including power generation, oil and ...

Why Phased Array UT (PAUT) beats Radiographic Testing (RT)

In a previous blog, we discussed what AUT is and how it is different from manual UT. In this post, we will cover Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing ...

Meet the Geckos Building Our Robots

The unique aspect of Gecko Robotics is that we are an industrial inspections company mated with a software and hardware product development company; ...

What is Automated Ultrasonic Testing (AUT)?

Ultrasonic testing (UT) is a branch of nondestructive testing techniques that involve emitting high-frequency sound energy, or ultrasonic waves, into ...

Best Nondestructive Evaluation and Testing (NDE/NDT) Resources to Follow in 2021

New Year; New Developments Nondestructive testing and evaluation (NDT/NDE) techniques used to evaluate the condition or properties of materials, ...

Three Ways Robotic Inspections Improve Safety

Faster Inspections. Smaller Human Footprint. More Actionable Data on Asset Integrity.   You’ve seen the signs on the gates of refineries and other ...

Two to Tango: Combining Robotic Inspections with Manual Ultrasound

When It Comes To Plant Inspections, One Size Does NOT Fit All Equipment employed at a coal-fired power generation plant is different from what’s used ...

Boiler Inspections: How Clean is Clean?

Boiler Prep for Gecko Inspections When it comes to boiler inspection preparation, a common question Gecko receives is: What level of cleanliness ...

Top 5 Reasons Industries are Turning to RUG for Piping Inspections

We are witnessing an inflection point in the approach to inspecting piping assets in the oil and gas industry, as well as other process industries.  ...

A Better Fractionator Overhead Line Inspection Strategy

Robust Inspection Data Delivered Without Taking the Unit Offline An overhead system is one of the most vulnerable parts of a crude oil distillation ...

How to Achieve a Higher RBI score with RUG

Understanding the Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) Confidence Scoring System Driven by API 580 and API 581 standards, the first Risk-Based Inspections ...

On The Subject of Inner Diameter Boiler Tube Corrosion

Older Boilers are like Older Automobiles - Things Just Wear Down While the drumbeat of boiler retirement is unabated, many power generation companies ...

What is Rapid Ultrasonic Gridding (and why should you care)?

RUG - the R stands for Rapid and/or Robot Rapid Ultrasonic Gridding (aka RUG) is an innovative inspection process of creating data-rich visual grid ...
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