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Advanced Inspection Services
Advanced Inspection Technologies
Remote Visual Inspection Services
Maintaining the productivity and profitability of an in-service industrial plant is dependent on the ability to proactively understand, identify, and mitigate against material degradation of an aging plant. Plant managers and engineers throughout all fields are looking to revise current inspection programs to include highly cost-effective, advanced inspection technologies to better detect and visualize all shortcomings.
Driven by the need to progress, Waygate Technologies is forever building on our 30-years’ experience to create evergreen, world-renowned, leading-edge, multi-modal technical inspection solutions. By working with clients across all industries to adopt new, proven, and trusted digital solutions, we stay at the forefront of providing reliable, advanced inspection applications to keep plants and facilities running reliably. These advanced applications allow us to gather inspection data from areas that used to be inaccessible and visualize them in ways never seen before. This in-depth inspection capability provides an improved understanding of the condition of both the plant and its equipment materials, as well as the risk that’s associated with their degradation. Most importantly, this data identifies which RBI programs need to be updated in order to build confidence in your assets' integrity management and increase protection throughout your facilities.
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Whether deploying custom robotic crawlers or performing cost savings studies, the Advanced Inspection Services team performs consistently high-quality inspections to help provide cost-savings and peace of mind.
We used to be GE Inspection Technologies, now we’re Waygate Technologies, a global leader in NDT solutions with more than 125 years of experience in ensuring quality, safety and productivity.
Fossil Power Plants
Fossil Power Plants
Advanced Inspection Services performs efficient and accurate remote visual inspections on even the hardest to access fossil power plant areas, without the need to halt production and dismantle entire systems. Discover faults and circumvent potential failures on critical piping assets like the steam drum, mud drum, boilers, turbines, and condensers.
Remote visual inspection is a critical tool to maintain and improve equipment reliability and PSM compliance in the refining industry. A robust inspection program can reduce the cost of downtime on your most critical assets, so you can make informed decisions, identify impending problems and avoid unplanned incidents before they occur.
With some of the highest safety standards in any industry, nuclear power plants are constantly challenged to improve ALARA and FOSAR programs. Baker Hughes' Advanced Inspection Services team is equipped to meet even the highest inspection standards with over 30 years of experience and the largest inventory of contaminated equipment in the world. Through advanced and trusted remote visual inspection techniques, faults can be detected without exposing personnel to hazardous high radiation areas.
Remote visual inspection is a critical tool to maintain and improve equipment reliability and PSM compliance in the petrochemical industry. A robust inspection program can reduce the cost of downtime on your most critical assets, so you can make informed decisions, identify impending problems and avoid unplanned incidents before they occur.
Loose Parts Retrieval
Loose Parts Retrieval
With the broadest inventory of retrieval tooling, non-invasive parts retrieval expertise, and more than 30 years of experience across all industries, the Advanced Inspection Services team is equipped to meet all loose parts retrieval needs. Acting as a natural extension of your in-house inspection team, we can help ensure your plant remains online and productive.
Dry Steam Cleaning
Dry Steam Cleaning
Our industry-leading dry steam cleaning services efficiently access hard to reach areas of the bellmouth, turbine rotor, dovetails, and shell casings to effectively remove difficult fixed contaminants. Improve surface smoothness, improve machine health, and make assembly easier – all while providing EHS benefits.
Quaternary Annulus Cleaning
Quaternary Annulus Cleaning
Quaternary Annulus cleaning can reduce the risk of operational issues such as elevated dynamics, high exhaust spreads, and unit trips. This cleaning and inspection service satisfies the recommended TIL 1724.
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What is an Advanced Inspection Service program?
What is an Advanced Inspection Services program?
Inspectors are frequently confronted with barriers that prevent them from gaining the required, and often essential, plant materials condition information. This inevitably leads to uncertainty in RBI, AIM, and risk management programs, which affects confidence in plant reliability and uptime.
AIS programs are designed to overcome these barriers using state-of-the-art technology in contingence with robotic applications, some of which have never been seen before. These robotic platforms support digital inspection sensors such as 3D imaging applications, HD PTZ cameras, and many more dependable tools. But applying these technologies and solving these situations also requires imagination, creativity, and above all else, experience, and know-how.
Example 1: The fast development of advanced and dependable inspection techniques such as High Order Mode Cluster (HOMC) guided wave technology, has provided a step-change in overcoming obstacles throughout the inspection process. This gives us the ability to assess areas that have never been reliably inspected before, like searching for defects under tank annular plates and metal loss under piping supports and trunnions. Through the use of robotic platforms to support the inspections sensors, not only can we inspect new areas, but also increase our data quality, to give you added assurance when managing risks in your facility.
Example 2: Inspecting a tank or pressure vessel requires man-entry and scaffold to access and properly inspect critical parts. But, a piping system is usually non-accessible for internal inspection requirements.
The FAST or BIKE platform is a proven robotic inspection system equipped with strong magnetic wheels that can easily climb metallic structures, and perform both remote and overhead inspections. The operator can navigate the robot safely from a remote location while it’s inside the tank, vessel, or pipe. By using 3D navigation and an overview camera, the operator is able to monitor the exact location of the robot, and navigate it to every location of interest. With its advanced kinematics, the robot is able to freely maneuver throughout curved or double-curved surfaces. When the platform reaches a point of interest, it then collects required data through inspection sensors, or its camera, which gives you up to 40x optical zoom. This allows you to gather data and get a clear visualization of features that could never be seen before.
Who would typically use an Advanced Inspection Service?
Who is Advanced Visual Inspection for?
Plant managers, along with turnaround planning, inspection, and asset integrity managers understand that today, conventional inspection technology and techniques are inefficient and costly. They know that current NDT applications are limited to the extent these outdated methods cannot provide the quality or accuracy to effectively maintain RBI programs, nor provide the required assurance to guard against failure.
What does this service offer?
Advanced Inspection Services by Waygate Technologies
Our Advanced Inspection Services allow you to collaborate with highly trained personnel that will quickly identify and respond to your individual inspection needs with a customized solution. To do this, we use proactive and predictive inspections to assess the performance of your assets and support your maintenance concept.
What qualifications do your team members have?
Every member of our team is NDT qualified and certified (ASNT-TC1A, ISO 9712), as driven by our QMS written practice. Our service inspection team consists of experienced NDT engineers and inspectors with multi-modal experience, advanced degrees, and specialty certifications such as API. In addition, the team of engineers in our Advanced Inspection Lab has the ability to design and adapt existing platforms, and even create specialty probes to solve our customers' unique industry problems.
How does pricing work?
Advanced Inspection Service Cost
Our solutions are custom to your individual needs, therefore our pricing varies throughout different services and industries. To get a quote on your advanced inspection needs, reach out to AIS.Service@bakerhughes.com.
Do you offer standard inspection help?
Visual Inspection Service Offerings
We offer a wide variety of inspection solutions in our portfolio, ranging from simple to complex systems. Regardless of the product, we always use the most advanced equipment. Therefore, we can conduct standard inspection for problems like erosion and corrosion defects, even in non-accessible and hazardous locations, by using high-quality data capture from pipes, vessels, and tanks.
What assets can you inspect with your Remote Visual Tools?
Our Remote Visual Tools can be used to inspect piping systems, tanks, vessel boilers, HRSG’s furnaces, gas and steam turbines, heat exchangers, cat crackers, stacks, and a number of other assets throughout the facilities.
What industries do you service?
Does AIS include CUPS and TAPS?
Corrosion Under Pipe Supports (CUPS) and Tank Annular Plate Scanners (TAPS)
Yes. Standard inspection techniques can create large periods of operational unavailability, with expensive, time-consuming, and potentially hazardous processes. These advanced inspection services take the guesswork out of inspection while saving you both money and downtime.
Do you have solutions for confined space?
We have several crawlers, robotics platforms, and drones, each equipped with numerous NDT Methods, like UT, PA, Laser 3D Corrosion Mapping.