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Ensure Reliable Power Production Amid Energy Uncertainty
Nov 2, 2022
When flipping on a light switch, most of us don’t think twice about it. Having access to electricity and power is something that many of us take for ...
Maritime Vessels: Corrosion Control with Robotic Inspections
Oct 19, 2022
Steel corrosion occurs when metals are exposed to a reactive substance, including oxygen, hydrogen, or water. Add a powerful electrolyte like salt to ...
Building Energy Security Through Innovation
Oct 13, 2022
Energy security has been in the news a lot lately—especially here in Europe. Governments across the continent are struggling to answer questions on ...
An Introduction to Multi-lead Rifle (MLR) Tubing
Jun 29, 2022
In thermal power generation, there are a number of processes in place within the boiler to optimize the efficiency of thermal energy exchange, ...
Benefits of Non-Intrusive Anhydrous Ammonia Pressure Vessel Inspections
Apr 27, 2022
Anhydrous ammonia is commonly found in the power and chemical industries. Within power, anhydrous ammonia plays an essential role in the ...
Dual Linear Phased Array Corrosion Mapping
Mar 23, 2022
Asset health is paramount to the efficient and safe operation of facilities producing energy and manufactured goods. Ultrasonic corrosion mapping is ...
What is a Penstock and its Role in Hydropower?
Feb 16, 2022
Hydroelectric power generation is a renewable source of energy production that utilizes the kinetic energy of moving water to spin a turbine which ...
Detecting Corrosion and Erosion in Horizontal Boiler Tube Assemblies
Jan 27, 2022
Boilers play an essential role in improving the efficiency of thermal power generation. Three boiler sections, economizer, superheater, and reheater, ...
What is Robotics as a Service (RaaS)?
Jan 5, 2022
As companies seek to optimize and automate operations, a new era of robotics-based technologies is stepping up to meet the challenge. However, ...
Reliability Technology: The Case for Robotics ft. Steven Treviño
Dec 22, 2021
For the season finale of Route to Reliability, I sat down with Steven Treviño, a champion for promoting automated technologies to many global energy ...
The Pros and Cons of Industrial Inspection Robots
Dec 15, 2021
In recent years, the non-destructive testing (NDT) market has seen many exciting advancements with applications ranging from bridges to buildings to ...
Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Asset Mapping
Dec 9, 2021
We're going to focus on critical infrastructure that every single one of us uses, day in and day out. I'm talking about the roads, streets, and ...
Plugging into Pipeline Inspection Tools
Dec 1, 2021
Ensuring pipeline and piping system integrity through planned inspections is crucial for operators to monitor damage mechanisms and avoid asset ...
Meet the Geckos Advancing NDT Technology
Nov 18, 2021
Gecko Robotics is disrupting the NDT technology space. And what is the secret to our success? It’s technology and top talent. Geckos propel the ...
Going Where GPS Cant: Aerial Inspection ft. Alex Foessel
Nov 10, 2021
When we consider the advancements of data acquisition technology, drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become increasingly common for data ...
3 Steps to Compliant API 653 Tank Inspections
Nov 3, 2021
API 653 Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration, and Reconstruction provides the minimum standards for performing these actions on tanks constructed ...
An Automated Approach to Detecting Corrosion Under Insulation
Oct 27, 2021
Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is corrosion that occurs in the base metal of piping, storage tanks, pressure vessels, and other assets when ...
The Bridge Between Robotics and Workforce Development ft. Chris Adams
Oct 20, 2021
Inspection work and the data acquisition part of reliability is seen as a set of dangerous, dirty, and dull tasks that often end up being quite ...
Tri-Lateral: Identifying the Hidden Enemy in Wet H2S Service
Oct 13, 2021
Assets in wet hydrogen sulfide (H2S) service, or sour service, environments are prone to a unique set of damage mechanisms that can result in ...
Shifting the Paradigm: How Robotics Can Increase Confidence in Risk-Based Inspections
Oct 6, 2021
Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) is a methodology for assessing and prioritizing each piece of equipment in a process unit by its level of risk. It is an ...
A-Scan, B-Scan, and C-Scan Ultrasonic Data From Robotic Inspections
Sep 29, 2021
Robotic ultrasonic inspections are quickly gaining popularity in a number of industries due to the efficiency and data density relative to other NDT ...
The Convergence of NDT and Manufacturing ft. Jason Wilburn
Sep 22, 2021
We spend a lot of time, energy, and money capturing the current condition of an asset to calculate the remaining safe use of the equipment. All the ...
Understanding and Detecting Sulfide Stress Cracking
Sep 15, 2021
Sour service, or wet hydrogen sulfide (H2S), environments are commonly seen in the oil refining, petrochemical, chemical, and gas industries as a ...
Robotic Inspections for Aboveground Storage Tanks
Sep 8, 2021
Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST) are vital assets for many industries including, power, paper and pulp, oil and gas, chemical, and even beverage ...
Arming the NDT Technician with the Proper Tools for Manual Inspection
Sep 1, 2021
In the past few episodes of Route to Reliability, we've talked about the potential for automation and robotics to economically access hard-to-reach ...
How to Integrate Robotic Inspections into Your Workflow
Aug 25, 2021
The use of robotics for NDT/NDE is quickly gaining momentum as service providers develop sophisticated technologies for assessing critical ...
Industry Drivers & Trends in Nondestructive Testing - 2021
Aug 18, 2021
Nondestructive testing, or NDT, encompasses inspection technologies and techniques used to detect flaws, increase reliability, maintain asset ...
Reducing Dangerous Exposures & Increasing Efficiency of Tank Cleaning
Aug 11, 2021
From the fuel tanks at the airport to the massive crude tanks in Cushing, Oklahoma, Above Ground Storage Tanks (ASTs) are critical infrastructure ...
The Cost of Unplanned Downtime for Refineries
Jul 28, 2021
In many cases, unplanned downtime is unavoidable. Hurricanes, earthquakes, or other unforeseen natural disasters—similar to what happened in Texas ...
NDE 4.0: The Digitization of Inspection Data
Jul 21, 2021
Today, we're going to take a step back, moving away from individual technologies and look at the bigger picture. I've been fortunate enough to spend ...
The Evolution of Robotics
Jul 14, 2021
When most people think about robots, they might envision a leather jacket clad, sunglasses-wearing Arnold Schwarzenegger hoisting a shotgun, Star ...
Locating Damage in the Dark with Localization
Jul 7, 2021
One of the beauties of robotic ultrasonic testing technology is that it allows operators to see and measure things that humans alone cannot (e.g., ...
Remote Monitoring with Condition Monitoring Location (CML) Devices
Jun 29, 2021
One of the foundations of a strong inspection program is the use of condition monitoring locations (CML’s). CML’s are specific locations where repeat ...
Meet the Geckos Building Our NDT Software Tools
Jun 23, 2021
Gecko Robotics is a unique NDT company. Not only do we specialize in designing and manufacturing our own robots, but we also build an entire ...
Full Scope: Analyze Tank Contents to Develop a Cleaning Strategy
Jun 16, 2021
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
Jun 2, 2021
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
May 25, 2021
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
May 19, 2021
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)
May 12, 2021
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?
May 6, 2021
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
Apr 28, 2021
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!
Apr 21, 2021
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
Apr 14, 2021
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?
Mar 31, 2021
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
Mar 25, 2021
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
Mar 17, 2021
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
Mar 10, 2021
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
Mar 3, 2021
Inspection and maintenance of pressure vessels are of utmost importance to conducting a safe and effective mechanical integrity program. At a typical ...
Automated Ultrasonic Testing (AUT) Techniques: RUG, PAUT, & Rapid AUT
Feb 25, 2021
Advanced ultrasonic technologies, such as automated ultrasonic testing (AUT), offer diverse uses for in-service assets and apply to many industries, ...
Why Phased Array UT (PAUT) beats Radiographic Testing (RT)
Feb 11, 2021
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
Feb 4, 2021
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)?
Jan 29, 2021
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
Jan 13, 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
Jan 7, 2021
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
Dec 9, 2020
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?
Dec 2, 2020
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
Nov 18, 2020
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
Nov 10, 2020
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
Oct 30, 2020
Understanding the Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) Confidence Scoring System Driven by API 580 and API 581 standards, the first Risk-Based Inspections ...
What is Rapid Ultrasonic Gridding (and why should you care)?
Oct 22, 2020
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 ...
On The Subject of Inner Diameter Boiler Tube Corrosion
Oct 22, 2020
Older Boilers are like Older Automobiles - Things Just Wear Down While the drumbeat of boiler retirement is unabated, many power generation companies ...
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