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ROBOTIC INSPECTION IN 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 increased adoption of autonomous robotic inspection in chemical facilities is a testament to this hallmark.

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AUTOMATING inspection in chemical facilities

THE NEED: rising expenses and safety concerns

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.

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Costly downtimes caused due to late detection of anomalies
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Inspection rounds are mandatory for operational safety and asset protection
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The repetitive nature of routine inspections has a waning attention risk for humans
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Health and safety risks arise when humans work near hazardous materials or in hazardous or confined locations

THE SOLUTION: Robotic inspection

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

Importantly, robots equipped with our software are able to conduct inspections in hazardous or difficult locations, such as in confined spaces or potentially explosive ATEX (and IECEx) Zone 1 environments, thereby ensuring that employees are not exposed to those dangerous environments. This in turn frees up employees to do other, less tedious and hazardous work.

Our software solution enables inspections to be performed at a higher frequency and with greater accuracy. We can accommodate a multitude of sensors on a fleet of different robots to meet customer-specific inspection needs. Robot operators can monitor such a diverse fleet of robots from anywhere using encrypted connections via WiFi or mobile phone networks.

Automatically generated inspection reports are uploaded to the cloud, where operators can also access them via an API. With high quality inspection data, customers receive actionable insights into their operations, allowing them to make proactive decisions through the early detection of anomalies.
MAKING strides in the chemicals industry

AUTOMATING INSPECTION AT EVONIK

We have brain-powered Spot to consistently and reliably monitor critical equipment at Evonik's chemical facility, and to collect high quality data even in areas that are hard to access for humans. We're thrilled to be collaborating with Evonik in automating inspection tasks and supporting them in ensuring high safety standards.

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Spot robot at a chemicals facility
DELIVERING VALUE IMMEDIATELY

Monitoring assets AT MERCK

Our end-to-end solution helps Merck improve operational efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, and improve working conditions at their thermal exhaust treatment facility. Thermal exhaust treatment is an intensive process that requires regular maintenance for several critical components. That’s where Energy Robotics comes in…
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value addition in chemical operations

Early detection of anomalies

Increase uptime of critical equipment and implement predictive maintenance through early detection of anomalies by robots equipped with advanced sensors and AI driven skills.

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ATEX and IECEx certified

We equip robots to perform inspection rounds in potentially explosive ATEX (and IECEx) Zone 1 environments that are found in certain chemical manufacturing plants.

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Robot-agnostic solution

Given the expansive scope of inspections, chemical facilities need a mixed fleet of specialist robots that are tailored to these conditions. We provide a single robot-agnostic interface to manage such a mixed fleet of different robots.

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AI Skill Store

Equip robot fleets with use-case specific machine vision and AI applications developed by experts. We offer an open platform where the most advanced AI applications developed by 3rd party vendors and in-house developers can be installed on robot fleets.

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Sustainability

The founding principle of Energy Robotics is to use autonomous robotics for a better tomorrow. Autonomous robotic inspection helps industries become more sustainable through increased safety standards, early gas leak detection, reduction in commutes to industrial sites and a whole lot more.

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Lower inspection costs

Manual inspection costs have been on the rise due to a demographic crisis in many parts of the world that has led to a shortage of engineers and operators. By onboarding robotic inspection, industries can reduce their inspection costs by half.

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transform raw sensor data into actionable information

SKILLS

Skills are containerized applications that process sensor data and influence robot behaviour to perform specific tasks. They transform raw data into actionable information. Take for example, the analog gauge reading skill which is widely used in the chemical industry. Robots equipped with this skill are able to detect the needle position of analog devices with precision, record the reading and send alerts if a pre-defined nominal range is breached. Skills range from detecting gas leaks and monitoring safety equipment, to reading analog devices and tracking human movement on site.
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Collect accurate analog gauge readings and receive alerts when the nominal range is breached

A VERSATILE OPEN-SOURCE PLATFORM

Skill store

Similar to the app stores on your smartphones, we provide a platform that brings together developers and customers, such that developers can make their Skills accessible to customers at the click of a button, and customers can easily pick and choose the Skill that fits their needs.

To give customers as much freedom as possible, we’re also integrating AWS Marketplace into the Skill Store for greater access to third-party computer vision and AI applications.
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Our customers in the chemical industry

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