By Paul Boughton
Developed as part of the German technology programme AUTONOMIK, a consortium of nine companies and research institutes, the RoboGasInspector provides a safer, more efficient and more reliable detection solution for gas leaks in industrial facilities.
Operators of industrial facilities including chemical plants, refineries and gas compression stations place great importance on the safety of their staff and their production facilities. Exercising the utmost care wherever toxic or explosive gases are used or manufactured is absolutely essential. Traditionally this has required preventive inspection programs where personnel perform time consuming routine inspection procedures on a daily basis.
Incorporating a FLIR GF320 optical gas imaging camera, the RoboGasInspector is able to perform inspection tasks in industrial facilities without having to access hazardous areas directly – and without requiring any human presence. The robotic system can be used for routine inspection of facilities or for targeted inspection of specific parts of plants. The independent mobility of the system was achieved using various navigation sensors, while maintaining the option of manual intervention via remote control at any time. The RoboGasInspector is also equipped with video and optical gas telemetry, which enables it to inspect system parts that were previously difficult to inspect due to restricted accessibility.