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Pressure swing adsorption (PSA) vessels create and separate gases using a high degree of pressure. The PSA process can be implemented across a large ...
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For the season finale of Route to Reliability, I sat down with Steven Treviño, a champion for promoting automated technologies to many global energy ...
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3 Steps to Compliant API 653 Inspections
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API 653 Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration, and Reconstruction provides the minimum standards for performing these actions on tanks constructed ...
Tri-Lateral: Identifying the Hidden Enemy in Wet H2S Service
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Assets in wet hydrogen sulfide (H2S) service, or sour service, environments are prone to a unique set of damage mechanisms that can result in ...
The Convergence of NDT and Manufacturing ft. Jason Wilburn
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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 ...
Robotic Inspections for Aboveground Storage Tanks
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Industry Drivers & Trends in Nondestructive Testing - 2021
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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
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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
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In many cases, unplanned downtime is unavoidable. Hurricanes, earthquakes, or other unforeseen natural disasters—similar to what happened in Texas ...
Remote Monitoring with Condition Monitoring Location (CML) Devices
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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 ...
Full Scope: Analyze Tank Contents to Develop a Cleaning Strategy
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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
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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.
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 ...
It's Earth Day- Robots to the Rescue!
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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
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Automating Non-Intrusive Inspections Provides Faster Inspections and Better Results Pressure vessels and other process equipment are traditionally ...
Women’s History Month: The Leaky Pipeline & A New Revolution
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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
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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. ...
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Understanding the Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) Confidence Scoring System Driven by API 580 and API 581 standards, the first Risk-Based Inspections ...
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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 ...
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