The continuous development of new technology requires a constant information feedback loop and improvements based on field and lab related experience. Square Robot has developed an autonomous inspection robot that uniquely uses a 256 element Phased Array Ultrasonic payload to inspect the internal tank bottoms of aboveground storage tanks while keeping those tank assets on-line and operating. One such robotic inspection occurred in December 2020 that was followed one year later by a traditional out-of-service MFL and UT prove-up inspection for comparison. Over that period, Square Robot developed its proprietary Generation II “VAT” data acquisition and processing software that improves speed and accuracy of PAUT interpretation.
Square Robot, the world leader in robotic tank inspection, is pleased to announce the addition of Earl Crochet to their Board of Directors. Earl joins the board bringing on his 34+ years of experience in pipelines and terminals where he has held roles in engineering, operations, business development, EH&S, and management.
Information acquired through robotic technology enables tank integrity practices to be fully aligned with commercial requirements without increasing risk. Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) owners and operators face increased shareholder scrutiny to improve risk adjusted economic return through proactive and thorough Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) programs. In this paper we will discuss the evolution in tank integrity practices, the industry trends in tank integrity, the latest in robotic technology for tanks and the challenges in the implementation of robotics in support of tank integrity. We will present our conclusions on the importance of the identification of good actor tanks and its relationship with the identification of right candidate tanks for robotic technology implementation; all within the framework of resources optimization in the elimination of bad actors.
Our robotic platform specializes in performing NDT inspections in a range of harsh environments.
Based in Massachusetts, Square Robot was founded by 3 robotics industry veterans with decades of experience in developing autonomous solutions and products.