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.
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.
For a manufacturing or industrial operation, every lost minute of production time is critical. Unscheduled downtime can end up costing significant time and money and businesses need to find ways to stop, or at least, minimise delays and disruptions.
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.