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Crawler Tech Tips: Extend the Life of Your Equipment

Versatrax VT100 MicroMag Robotic Crawler for Remote Visual Inspection (RVI)

Many customers ask: “What kind of environments can my crawler or camera tolerate?”

The answer to this can often depend upon your knowledge of basic chemistry and your approach to preventative maintenance.

The most common metals used in the fabrication of Inuktun robotic crawlers and cameras is brass, aluminium and stainless steel. This gives you an idea of the type of environment your equipment can operate safely in, but there are always unexpected exceptions on the job, not to mention the chance of the occasional equipment tumble or impact.

Salt and chlorinated water are good examples of environments that can cause excessive wear or damage to your equipment . Generally speaking, metals corrode over time and the presence of these chemicals in water can greatly increase the rate at which this happens. Anodized surfaces can also be at risk in these conditions; an innocent scratch or dent can quickly expand in the metal if left unchecked.

Keeping your equipment safe from things like corrosion is simple.  After a job is complete, invest the time to brush away debris and rinse off your device with fresh water. Regular cleaning often gets overlooked but it can dramatically extend the life of your equipment.

Prolonged exposure to some elements can also damage the seals and sealing areas of your equipment. In this case, commit your equipment to a regular service schedule that monitors this type of wear. As you likely know, seal failure usually leads to longer down-time and more costly repairs.

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than a cure; and this applies just as easily to your equipment as it does to your physical health.  Keep your equipment running longer and more efficiently with regular cleaning and maintenance.



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