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It's no secret that pipeline inspections aren't the cleanest jobs in the world. Nor are they the safest. Pipe inspectors often work in less-than-pleasant conditions, with dark, hot or constricted workspaces. Occasionally, pipes may even be too narrow to be inspected manually. Thankfully, modern tools and robotic technologies are available to make these jobs drastically faster and more efficient.
What Are Pipe Crawler Inspection Robots?
Pipe crawler inspection robots (pipe crawlers) are small, battery-operated robots that travel inside a pipeline, while the human inspector controls from outside. These robots utilize closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to provide the pilot with live video footage. This footage is used to navigate the pipe, as well as record or snap images of points of interest during inspections. Additionally, pipe crawlers can be integrated with reporting softwares to instantaneously produce detailed reports. By offering a ready-to-deploy portable inspection system, pipe crawlers drastically streamline the sewage line inspection process.
Pipeline failures can lead to public health and environmental disasters, making proactive inspections an invaluable tool for independent companies and municipalities alike. High end pipe crawlers are fully submersible and easy to control, built to travel deep into pipelines of various dimensions. With models capable of inspecting as small as 6” diameter pipes, crawlers allow for teams to navigate pipelines far beyond the capabilities of a manual inspection.
Advantages of Using Pipe Crawlers for Inspections
Traditionally, inspecting a pipeline required someone to physically crawl into the pipe to detect the damage. Alternatively, inspections could require excavation to allow for direct access to the pipeline. This manual inspection process can be dangerous, expensive. untimely, and produce subjective results. Let's explore a few benefits of pipe crawlers and why it's wise to invest in a remotely operated pipe inspection system for your team.
Lower Risk to Human Inspectors
A recent study followed millions of miles of pipeline in the United States for nearly nine years. During this time, more than 5,500 total pipeline-related incidents occurred. In addition, there were around 600 injuries and more than 125 fatalities. With more than 800 fires and almost 300 explosions, the study revealed the always-present dangers that pipe inspectors face daily.
The innovation of pipe crawlers was a response to the various threats pipe inspectors face on the job. Crawlers are durable and robust, capable of performing the most tedious aspects of the job across diverse terrains. Maintaining their position topside, the risk of an accident for operators is dramatically reduced. Pipe inspection robots make every inspection safer by diving headfirst into conditions that could otherwise be perilous for human employees.