Industrial Inspections are Made Safer by Robots: Here is how

Applied Tech Review | Monday, September 19, 2022

Inspection robots can detect minute characteristics that the human eye might miss and foresee potential maintenance difficulties that can help prepare for them.

FREMONT, CA: Industrial inspections are becoming safer, smarter, and more efficient with the help of robots. Employees can control an inspection robot from the safety of their office, or an AI-guided inspection robot can do it independently. Robotic technologies like artificial intelligence, computer vision, and machine learning are changing industrial inspections. There are uses for these new inspection methods in various industries, from energy to manufacturing. There are many reasons why industrial inspections are becoming more automated, but a few stand out.

Getting less exposed to inspection risks

The main benefit of using robots for industrial inspections is that employees are less likely to be in danger. Robots can survive in many situations that would be too dangerous or stressful for people to handle. The fact that these places are dangerous makes it harder to do inspections, which takes more time, money, and resources. Also, there is always a chance of an inspector getting hurt, which could lead to injury costs. Robots are an obvious way to solve these problems. Robots are now made for almost any environment can think of. When a robot is used for dangerous industrial inspections, fewer safety precautions, less money spent on safety, and much less time are needed.

Getting the inspection process to work best

The first step is to get all employees out of dangerous inspection areas. When done right, the industrial inspection process makes things even safer. During inspections, it's normal to poke around in machinery or other areas that can be sensitive to downtime. Robots can do inspections quickly and accurately without sacrificing quality. It makes robot inspections safer. For example, robots check places like mines and construction sites. These places are dangerous, but they won't always kill. People usually check them to ensure they are safe, but a robot could do the job much faster.

Inspections up close and in detail

Many types of inspections are more dangerous and hard to do on a smaller scale. One example is when a pipe assembly or machinery needs to be inspected. The inspector would have to work in a small space with many things that could hurt them. Even though these mechanical, detail-oriented industrial inspections may not always be life-threatening, they still have risks. Even something that seems harmless, like a pinch point, can cause serious injuries, like broken bones or even amputation. These spaces can also be very complicated, so the inspector needs to pay close attention to every detail.

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