Drone Technology in Asset Inspection
SKYLLER | 01 พฤศจิกายน 2021
An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drone is not just useful for capturing beautiful bird’s eye view pictures on holiday, but also for various industrial purposes including drone inspections in the oil and gas and construction industries. A good example of this technology in action is when a drone was used to find the valve of a chemical tank which was the origin of a fire at a foam production factory located at King Kaeo, Bangphli, in Samut Prakan Province.
Drone technology is used collaboratively with firefighters to produce quicker results and help reduce the risks to the firefighters while they’re working. The surveying drone and its automatic system not only help reduce the risks to humans, but also quickly accomplish particular jobs that cannot be delayed. The flexibility and speed of the drones in completing their jobs makes them more in demand than ever before.
Industrial drone inspection technology or UAV inspection services, are becoming more well-known in Thailand’s industrial sectors. Organizations are using it to develop their businesses; they use the surveying drones, including gas detection drones, thermal imaging drones and drones for construction sites, for the inspection of machines and manufacturing equipment including infrastructure and assets.
Organizations are using the drones for various uses, including taking images and analyzing the proliferation of crops, checking gas or petrol pipes in order to arrange installation and maintenance plans, surveying the lines of high-voltage cables with 3D viewing model pictures, analyzing the size, distance, and volume of roads and buildings, and performing other work that can be done more easily by inspection drones taking aerial photographs.
Traditional Inspection of Equipment and Infrastructure
In traditional equipment and infrastructure inspections, the organizations have to arrange inspections that can take several days. This may cause a loss of revenue and valuable time until the inspection is completed.
The organization will also have to rent a helicopter and find a skilled pilot to inspect the components of machines and other assets. Furthermore, it also has to capture as many images as possible during the operation, which takes time and expertise.
After the aerial inspection the inspector then reviews and analyzes the pictures and information and decides which parts of the infrastructure need maintenance or to be repaired to make it function safely and maximize its potential.
In sum, the traditional method of inspection takes more than 2,000 pictures each time it’s performed. If there is no drone to facilitate this process, the organization has to use a human workforce to manually perform the inspection. This operation can take up to 2 weeks.
As you can see, the traditional procedure consumes time and money, and can be dangerous to perform. It is also more likely that errors will result from the human workforce. Surveyed information is frequently kept in an unorganized manner which later causes difficulties in analyzing and comparing the data with previous surveys. Plus a time-consuming summary process is required.
However, the industry is turning towards new technology more and more to provide better solutions than the traditional methods of old. And one of these new methods is drone inspection services. It provides not only drone inspection, but also a comprehensive platform that thoroughly meets the requirements of today’s industrial standards.
The assets inspection solution from SKYLLER
Skyller is a service provider of an intelligent platform that uses AI drones and machine learning, the first platform of its kind developed by Thai people. This is an important step in the development of drone technology becoming more than just a photographic tool. Our solution is highly innovative and can support and respond to the needs of its users.
Skyller’s goal is to use drones, and other robots, to collect data and then analyze, manage, and summarize it in order to provide workable solutions for organizations. We are seeking new opportunities to add value to businesses through the use of inspection drone services for your equipment and infrastructure.
Our platform is an integration of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and drone technology. We can add additional equipment for particular purposes such as motion sensor switches or infrared cameras. We’ve made drone inspections a viable solution for our clients and business partners.
The integration of the three technologies: AI, machine learning, and robotics, provides an efficient inspection of assets, saves the organization money, and is perfectly safe. Organizations choosing this solution can expand on the platform’s use to suit their own industrial needs.
Skyller has developed drones to be used specifically for the purpose of industrial asset inspection. The platform can detect corroded, broken or worn areas of equipment. It can also locate the leakage of chemicals and other substances, and employees can make a real-time analysis that can be crucial. Drones are the new key piece of equipment for industrial infrastructure and asset inspections.
Currently, we have been expanding our drone services for different uses, such as the inspection of high-rise buildings in real estate, telecommunication towers, and establishments generating natural energy such as solar farms, natural gas pipelines, wind turbines, etc.
Our Goal for the Sustainable Development of Your Organization
With the ongoing development of our technology, Skyller’s goal is to offer a better solution for asset and infrastructure inspection and encourage all organizations to use this safer technology. It ticks all the boxes with regards to logistics, the use of renewable energy, risk mitigation, safe working practices, manufacturing efficiency, and business facilitation. Skyller supports and encourages society and organizations to grow and develop sustainably.