In mining, we see these techniques used to inspect conveyor belts, grinding mills, crushers, and more, in addition to identifying unsafe working areas. In an industry where ground is frequently unstable, equipment is often at risk and can easily damage, resulting in either an expensive repair or an unsafe working environment. Drone technology can quickly identify areas of instability and ensure equipment is moved before it becomes an issue. The same is true for discovering any equipment damage early, allowing workers to be proactive versus reactive.
Within the energy sector, tanks, pipelines, pipe racks, chimneys, and smokestacks need monitoring to prevent product loss, unsafe working conditions, and other environmental regulatory issues. This time-consuming task requires an entire plant shutdown to perform these inspections. Not only is this inefficient, but it also results in lost output. However, if these checks go unperformed, companies risk violations in compliance. Using a drone data solution to survey the area resolves these issues by finding potential problems without halting production. At the same time, advanced features like thermal imagery make it easier than ever to spot leaks.