Our world demands critical infrastructure be reliable. Inspection and maintenance are mainstays in achieving this outcome. As the leader in robot-enabled ultrasonics, Gecko Robotics delivers comprehensive inspections giving an unprecedented understanding of asset health. Skilled NDT inspectors wielding best-in-class equipment and supported by cloud-based processing is The Gecko Advantage.
Gecko’s first robots were designed to crawl the waterwalls of power boilers to determine wall-thinning and find corrosion. Our technology eliminates the need for costly scaffolding allowing inspections to finish 10X faster. Since then, we’ve branched to scrubbers, duct-work, tube bundles, silos, and high-energy piping.
RBI programs and API inspection protocols drive the need to inspect assets from up-stream to down-stream. Inspectors are looking for more ways to collect data while keeping their assets on-line. Gecko specializes in non-CSE and overhead piping where robots excel.
The industry is notable for its variety of equipment that operates at high temperatures in corrosive environments. Gecko is able to maneuver in tight areas others can't covering recovery boilers, digests, rotary kilns, and piping.
Dealing with hazardous chemicals that may be toxic, explosive, or under high pressure leaves zero room for error. Adhering to inspection protocols while minimizing human exposure to these chemicals improves the safety of plant personnel while achieving reliability objectives.
Municipal, transportation, and defense sectors must serve the public at all times while often in very high-performance scenarios. The use of robotics allows departments to effectively inspect what previously resulted in disruption of services. Due to the bespoke nature of these challenges, our in house R&D team is often called upon to find novel solutions.
Our most advanced robot to-date, is equipped to find and collect the critical inspection data you need to make preventative and predictive maintenance decisions. It is a system that is creative, yet disciplined, rugged, yet pliable - in a word flexible.
Wall-climbing robots perform non-destructive inspections on tanks, boilers, scrubbers, piping, and more. Using specially-designed sensor payloads, TOKA robots can inspect wall-thickness, pitting, and many other forms of degradation. Our robots collect 1000x more information with continuous data capture at speeds an average of 10x faster than previous methods.
All of your inspection data is intuitively presented in 2D & 3D within our cloud-based organizer. Thickness filters allow for quick identification of high-wear areas and inspection-to-inspection differencing lets you calculate erosion rates to determine when your asset will cross T-min. Annotate and download your reports, and data, in PDF and Excel formats.
is a robot-enabled inspection method that produces thickness grid maps that identify areas where corrosion and other damage mechanisms have caused wall-thinning. Gecko collects 1000X more data for a 10X faster inspection than traditional hand-held methods. Grid sizes from 12” x 12” (0.3 x 0.3m) to 0.04” x 0.04” (1x1mm)
Our team of certified NDT II/III inspectors are trained and equipped to apply multiple NDT/NDE methods to any scenario. While our core robotic technology relies on ultrasonics, we can deploy PT, MT, MFL, electromagnetics, and visual techniques to meet any standard or regulation.
Next, we’ll look at susceptible assets and the tools and technology to stay on top of potential issues. These tools are applicable at each stage for preventing, monitoring and mitigating HTHA.
The 2010 Tesoro oil refinery heat exchanger explosion is an example of an extreme consequence of HTHA. In that case, the damage and ripple effects were catastrophic. While the impact of HTHA may be of a much lesser extent in other cases—for example, superficial decarburization of tubing (only penetrating the surface layer), ultimately, if gone undetected, any instance of HTHA can still lead to disruptive or costly operational impacts.
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Industrial plants are often tasked with inspecting critical infrastructure in narrow windows. To limit downtime, inspectors may resort to spot checking methods, resulting in limited data collection. This can paint an inaccurate picture of asset health, creating risks for both personnel and mechanical integrity. Alleviating the need for extensive planning and costly scaffolding, robotic inspection methods yield data-rich results, faster and safer. Join Power Industry Manager, Michael-Paul Jenkins, as he dives into the available methods for advanced monitoring in tight windows.Watch Webinar
An in-depth seminar covering technology and real-world examples with practitioners in the field.
At the beginning of a 6-unit coal-fired power plant’s relationship with Gecko Robotics, plant personnel were struggling with the manual discovery of hydrogen damage brought on by ID Localized Corrosion.Read the Case Study
Asset-by-asset examples of the benefits of RUG and Advanced Ultrasonics inspections from our past inspections.