Bottom Line Surprise
Emergying robotics may be one way of reducing costs, mitigating safety issues and eliminating the environmental impacts of tank inspection.
In response to several large tank failures and the introduction of API 653 guidelines governing tank inspection, tank owners have been aggressively cleaning, inspecting and repairing tanks to prevent similar mishaps. New vigorous actions to inspect tanks have lowered the incident of leaking tanks but compliance efforts have had cost, safety and environmental impacts for operators. Most operators have been trying to reduce the impact by focusing on obvious direct costs, and developing rigorous safety procedures. Industry leaders are now considering more challenging opportunities like reducing hidden indirect costs and implementing inherently safer end to-end processes.