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THE chemical INDUSTRY

The continued expansion of the global economy means the inevitable growth of the chemical industry. It is a massive industry with diverse niche sectors, all of which play an important role in any advanced or growing economy. The diversity and complexity of the chemical industry are its hallmarks, as are its innovation and ability to adapt to changing economic and technological realities.

THE CHALLENGE

The chemical industry is an innately hazardous industry with constant, significant risks of fire or explosion. It is also an industry with considerable impacts on the environment. Inspections need to be undertaken in ways that are economically and logistically viable whilst ensuring the continued safety and ecological viability of chemical facilities.

Inspection rounds are mandatory for operational safety and asset protection

Constantly monitor vital parameters through frequent missions and instant reporting

  • Chemical facilities consist of numerous critical devices such as pumps, tanks etc. that require frequent and thorough inspections
  • Increase the frequency of inspection missions with the use of autonomous robots
  • Instant reading of devices and derived data reports

Manometer Mission view video

Mission report video

The United Nations predicted in 2019 that the global chemical industry will double by 2030.

Early detection of anomalies to minimise safety risks

Detect anomalies through AI driven skills

  • Detect critical equipment and read values accurately
  • Collect high quality data
  • Historical documentation of data
  • AI-driven Skills convert raw data into actionable information

Read manometers accurately

Detect Valves

Chemical build-ups, leaks, corrosions, cracks: these are the arch- enemies of any chemical facility, which is why the inspection of all plant assets is critically important.

The repetitive nature of routine inspections has a waning attention risk for humans

Robots reliably perform inspection tasks with the highest degree of accuracy

  • It is well-established that human error is the most significant risk in any industrial setting
  • Robots are ideal for repetitive and tedious jobs, such as routine inspections
  • Once trained on a mission path, robots repeatedly perform the mission autonomously and reliably

Robots relieve humans from tedious and repetitive tasks, allowing them to focus on more fulfilling work that adds value to the company

Robots can be trained within minutes to perform inspection missions

“As robotics technology advances and becomes more affordable, new possibilities are being discovered to complete work that wasn’t possible before. For example, robots are being used in chemical plants for inspections that couldn’t be done before or were too expensive. They’re cheap enough to run on a regular schedule and can be found in any shape or size you need to inspect where people can’t.”
Industry Europe, April 2020

Health and safety risks arise when humans work near hazardous materials or in hazardous or confined locations

Deploy robots in dangerous zones

  • Prevent employees from being deployed in close proximity to hazardous chemicals by deploying robots instead
  • Prevent employees from having to negotiate hazardous locations or confined spaces in order to undertake inspections
  • Through machine vision skills, robots also ensure worker safety in other environments by constantly checking for personal protective equipment (PPE) being worn by employees
There are of course also the environmental impacts of the chemical industry. The global chemical industry is also under increased scrutiny for its detrimental environmental impacts, such as air pollution, contributions to global warming and impacts arising from toxic waste.

Detect Personal Protective Equipment through Machine Vision

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Energy Robotics is in the business of providing cutting-edge software that enables robots to undertake intelligent, customized inspections at chemical plants.

Importantly, robots embedded with our software are able to conduct inspections in hazardous or difficult locations, such as in confined spaces or areas with toxic air quality, thereby ensuring that employees are not exposed to those environments due to inspections. This in turn frees up employees to do other, less tedious and hazardous work.

Our SaaS solution is revolutionizing how inspections are undertaken at the facilities of different chemical sectors worldwide.

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One robot fit for industrial use that our software supports is the ‘Spot’ robot by Boston Dynamics. Spot is an exceptional ‘four-legged’ robot that can undertake autonomous inspection at a chemical facility after having been trained with our ‘teach and repeat’ solution.

How does that training work? A smart robot like Spot can be taught about specific inspection points anywhere in a facility with our teach-in methodology. Once the ‘lesson’ regarding a specific test point is locked in, then precise gauge detection and value read-outs are made possible at that inspection point. Any needed tweaks or adjustments to testing outputs thereafter can be easily programmed with Spot using the same methodology. It couldn’t be simpler or more time-effective!

In fact, this proven teaching methodology can result in eleven measurements in just 14.5 minutes.

A Winning Collaboration: Merck & Energy Robotics

A successful case study in which our software was used on different robots was made possible in our collaboration with Merck at their facility in Darmstadt, Germany. Merck has a proud history dating back to 1668. The company is a world-leader in innovative, high-tech products in healthcare, the life sciences and performance materials. We at Energy Robotics feel a kindred spirit with Merck, a cutting-edge company whose motto is, “Science is at the heart of everything we do.”

Merck asked us to provide them with an innovative inspection solution for their Darmstadt facility. According to our Chief Technology Officer (CTO), as well as one of the company’s co-founders, Dr. Stefan Kohlbrecher, “... this was a great opportunity to bring our leading solutions for autonomous robots and fleet management from oil and gas to other markets. Our software enables robots like Spot to conduct autonomous inspection missions. It detects people, adapts robot behaviour accordingly, so humans and robots can work safely together.”

Autonomous inspections such as those successfully undertaken at Merck’s facility provide invaluable insights because the robot can do the precisely same inspection every single time, when needed, as needed. That means any data scanned and any benchmarking therefrom is scientifically precise, without any undue variations that can often arise as a result of human inspections, such as prevailing weather or the mood or attitude of a given inspector, and so forth.

Importantly, our software is compatible with a variety of different measuring apparatus for inspection purposes, including thermal cameras, gas sensors or Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), as per the client’s requirements.

Robots embedded with our software can be used for inspections at any time, day or night. That means they can relieve employees of doing inspection-related tasks that are often not only tedious or laborious, but also potentially physically hazardous to their safety and health.

The tremendous benefit for any client when using our software is that the onboarding of different robots onto an existing fleet is a smooth, hassle-free process.

Together with Merck at their Darmstadt facility, we have proven once again that robots enabled with Energy Robotics software results in much-improved inspection processes and, as such, improved integrity of facility assets and overall safety.

Our customers in in the chemical industry:

We at Energy Robotics know that robotics embedded with our software can greatly transform how a chemical facility operates. This we have already achieved with great success in the industry, offering the following:

Autonomous inspections by leading robotic technology
Robots with intuitive, exponential learning capabilities
Human-free inspections in highly hazardous locations
Customized points-of-inspection solutions
Software solutions that facilitate:
  • data collection from inspection points
  • real-time and cumulative data analytics
  • real-time, data-driven decision-making processes 
  • enhanced predictive capabilities, including for predictive maintenance 
  • enhanced protection and upkeep of valuable, often very costly and complex plant machinery and equipment
  • overall improved safety for all at a facility, including potentially for the safety too of those beyond the facility’s parameters.

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Our Stats:

50+

robots deployed in 4 continents

50.000

hours of deployment

40.000

points of interest recorded