A Drone’s Eye View of Industrial Systems

A Drone's Eye View of Industrial Systems

Modern industry is incredibly complicated. Performance depends on countless individuals and pieces of equipment, which creates numerous points of failure. Thinking about the individual components in a process can be overwhelming, but companies that understand the system experience less unplanned downtime and higher efficiency, leading to increased margins and profits. 

That’s our specialty. Our expertise in diverse systems and equipment gives us a bird’s eye view of the total system. Or in the case of our Industrial Efficiency Program (IEP), we should say that we have a drone’s eye view of the total system. 

Let’s look at how a total system methodology drives results in modern manufacturing.

Solve System Problems Instead Of Fixing Broken Equipment

Over the years, our team developed industry-leading expertise in diverse areas, from fans to conveyors to electrostatic precipitators. We eventually recognized that our ability to see how all these systems work together was an even more significant asset than our expertise in each area. So we created our Industrial Efficiency Program (IEP) to multiply the benefits a total-systems approach could deliver for our clients. 

The IEP leverages our position as a one-stop shop for many engineering, industrial efficiency, and service issues. We don’t just look at 1 puzzle piece at a time. We look at the whole picture to help customers understand how individual components work together and where they can improve efficiency, reliability, and profitability. 

We look at the biggest power consumer in most facilities– fans. We measure airflow through the system from end to end. We inspect the boiler and electrostatic precipitator. But it’s by connecting all those pieces that we can give customers a comprehensive view of the efficiency in their facility.

And the IEP was developed to be performed while the system is operating, giving us more insight into priorities for the next planned outage. It’s easy to inspect equipment when it’s shut down. But technology enables us to inspect equipment while it’s running, providing more information to enable better planning and minimize surprises in the next outage.

A Drone’s Eye View

We embrace technology to give customers more solutions, intelligence, and planning. Better planning allows you to stock the right parts and have the appropriate expertise on hand to minimize budget overruns and delays. Systems and the demands placed on a system change over time. For example, if the fuel to the boiler fuel or a process has changed, components may be operating outside their intended parameters. Comprehensive thermal imaging and airflow testing pinpoint these problems in a total-systems approach, and drone technology helps us efficiently gather the thermal data we need. 

Drones take thermal imaging to new heights to pinpoint leakage, moisture, and corrosion, which can lead to costly ductwork problems. They can quickly spot issues that previously would have required a tremendous amount of time and scaffolding. And when we perform the IEP over an extended period, we can identify changes in the system before they cause problems. This equips corporate managers to plan for capital investments strategically. Many of our corporate clients are deploying the IEP across facilities to protect assets by understanding the entire company’s risk and priorities for preventative maintenance.

A One-Call Solution

Once we understand a system and have worked with our customers to develop a risk matrix, we also have the engineering capabilities to produce custom solutions and crews trained to come to the site and perform the work safely. So no matter what a customer is experiencing, we can help them understand it, develop and install a solution, and support and maintain it. That’s really our unfair advantage: one call and the problem is solved.

Would you like to learn more about what a total systems approach can do for your facility? Give us a call. It’s always the right time to get more information to develop a plan to minimize downtime and improve efficiency.