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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 ...
RUG & Rapid AUT: Tech For Automated Ultrasonic Testing (AUT)
Feb 25, 2021
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)
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 ...
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 ...
What is Rapid Ultrasonic Gridding (and why should you care)?
Oct 8, 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 ...
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