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Plugging into Pipeline Inspection Tools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Automated Ultrasonic Testing (AUT) Techniques: RUG, PAUT, & Rapid AUT

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)

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
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