Company introduces robotic inspection service for industrial boilers

June 16, 2021

Waygate Technologies, a Baker Hughes business and world leader in nondestructive testing (NDT) solutions for industrial inspection, is launching a new service that uses robotics to inspect and clean industrial boilers. The service, called BRIC (Boiler Robotic Inspection and Cleaning), will eliminate any physical risk to inspectors, provide more precise data than any previous inspection technology in this field and cut inspection costs for customers in sectors such as the chemical industry, paper manufacturing or energy.

With no human entry required to complete visual and ultrasonic inspections as well as water jet cleanings of industrial boilers, BRIC alleviates all risk to humans.

BRIC also gathers 95% more high-quality data than conventional inspections. More reliable wall thickness data is delivered through three separate ultrasonic sensors. And the company’s proprietary 3D LOC technology creates a digital twin of boilers. It also geotags all data collected, so a customer can predict their boiler’s lifetime and balance the risk of components within their facility.

“We are thrilled that we can now offer our BRIC service to companies around the globe”, says Ekkehard Zwicker, product line leader Robotics at Waygate Technologies. “As a leading provider of industrial inspection solutions, we have been working closely with asset managers in the chemicals, energy and paper manufacturing sectors for decades and know that reducing physical risks in these hazardous work environments is always a priority. Simultaneously, their companies face increasing pressure to limit costs and downtime. With BRIC, we have developed a solution that manages to address both of these factors.”    

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