Maritime needs for advanced alignment solutions are an essential element to prevent unnecessary incidents causing costs that can spiral to six figures and beyond. By far the most advantageous approach is to prevent unexpected misalignment problems occurring in the first place.
Although small in stature, the bearing plays a crucial role in the optimal running of rotating machinery. This makes it essential that everyone who works with such assets has a basic knowledge of their function and the best practices when it comes to maintenance and use.
The ability to conduct NDT testing using Alternating Current Field Measurement (ACFM) in areas where temperatures might be as high at 500 C, and for extended periods, not only has the potential to dramatically reduce costs, but also removes the problem of cracks closing up when materials cool.
Having a basic understanding of how an ultrasonic thickness gauge works is key to using this vital piece of equipment. Ultra-light, rugged models that take advantage of micro components mean calculating the thickness of a wide range of materials can now be carried out quickly and with a high level of accuracy.
Confined space inspection is being revolutionised through the use of robotics, with equipment such as VT100MK11 Crawler offering advantages such rapid deployment, user-friendly operation and multiple configuration options.
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, offer a very real solution for the inspection of confined areas, such as tanks. Traditional inspection of these enclosed spaces is a laborious, expensive and poses many potential hazards.
With pressure vessels (PV) having a multitude of uses within the petroleum and petrochemical industries and, crucially, being a highly-valuable yet hazardous asset, it makes sense that much time and money is being dedicated to the creation of improved means of inspection and maintenance.
Legged robotics is a relatively new area of research with the intention of providing autonomous systems that are capable of navigation within extreme environments, difficult terrain and in the most complex of confined spaces.