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Oil And Gas Industry Embracing Drones For Remote Inspection

Oil And Gas Industry Embracing Drones for Remote Inspection

Drone technology is becoming a valuable tool in the oil and gas industry. Oil and gas companies are opting to use drones to address their inspection needs and reduce operational costs.


Manual inspections in the oil and gas industry are expensive, time-consuming, and demand exhausting work. The oil and gas companies handle highly flammable substances which are hazardous to the personnel performing inspections. Drones for industrial use are proving to be highly beneficial in remote monitoring and assessments. Remote inspections can be performed by inspectors remotely from on-site or off-site locations without physically being present at the site.

“Drones are a flexible and cost-effective way to conduct inspections across the oil and gas industry value chain,” said Prashanthi P S, Research Analyst at Beroe Inc. “Drones can increase the safety of workers, improve the quality of investigations, and reduce the high costs associated with manual reviews. Some of the other applications include pipeline inspections, deepwater offshore location assessments, offshore vessels, rigs, underwater services, security, surveillance, monitoring, mapping, delivery of goods and survey for the potential asset.”

Manual inspections of onshore and offshore locations are generally expensive. Labor cost is high, constituting up to 30 percent of the total cost. Drones allow cost-effective and faster inspections of pipelines, deepwater offshore, and underwater equipment. Analysis of drone data enables companies to predict the health of the equipment and foresee any potential failures. In addition, drones fitted with sensors can monitor methane emissions from assets in the oil and gas companies. 

Manual inspections of offshore locations require helicopters to transport personnel.  The cost of transportation for the inspection team and the cost for helicopter pilots is high.  With remote drone inspections, these costs can be eliminated. The person in charge need not travel to the site; they can perform image inspection through the video, still, infrared, and thermal images captured by the cameras fitted on drones. Inspectors can then perform advanced analysis of drone data with the help of the company’s data analysis software.

Manual inspection of flare stacks requires the process production to stop for inspection. With remote drone inspections, flares can be kept online without interrupting production. This eliminates production loss of approximately $1 million per day per flare. Remote inspections of Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units with drones are more efficient since refinery downtime would not be needed, preventing production loss of approximately $2 million per day. Scaffolding costs in the oil and gas industry amount to $50 000 to $80,000 per stack. Remote drone inspections can save more than 80 percent of scaffolding costs. Upcoming new drone technologies such as 5G and high-speed drones are expected to further boost the adoption of drones in the oil and gas industry.

“The use of drones in the oil and gas industry adds enormous value in terms of ease of operation, the safety of personnel, continued production, and reduced operational costs.” said Prashanthi P S, Research Analyst at Beroe Inc. “With the continued development of drone technology, it’s interesting to look forward to seeing new commercial drone applications and how they can be integrated with quality control, quality assurance, and maintenance processes. And when you add AI and automation to this mix, the existing benefits compound tremendously.” 

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SOURCE Beroe Inc.

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Say Hello To ATHENA: Makino’s Voice Control Technology

Say Hello To ATHENA: Makino’s Voice Control Technology

Designed to run an EDM or CNC machine, ATHENA’s new voice-interoperability and intelligent-learning technology help owners reduce training requirements by providing new operators with their voice-enabled digital assistant.


Tomorrow’s technology is here aptly represents Makino’s capabilities as the world’s most accurate and highest quality metal-cutting and Electrical discharge machines (EDM) producer. Makino’s breakthrough technology like ATHENA is not only a solution to the manufacturers’ problems both large and small but a revolutionary Industry 4.0 move.

“The precision engineering manufacturing is facing an acute skilled labour shortage. As a pioneer in the machine tool industry, Makino is addressing the problem caused by this skill gap with breakthrough technology like ATHENA. This new technology will revolutionize manufacturing by making it easier to both learn about and use a machine tool, as well as to efficiently operate on a day-to-day basis.” says Frankie Chan, Product Manager of Makino Asia.

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Iscar’s Digital Tools For An Industry 4.0 Smart Factory

Iscar’s Digital Tools For An Industry 4.0 Smart Factory

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We are now on our fourth industrial revolution and it is not simply about incorporating technology into industries but it is connecting the physical with the digital, empowering leaders to efficiently manage every aspect of their corporation and effectively leverage on the instant and massive data aiding in the growth of one’s business. Iscar, a multinational metalworking company, aims to create the factory of the future with their next-generation digital solutions for manufacturers.

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Schaeffler Appoints Alfred Lee As President Industrial Asia Pacific

Schaeffler Appoints Alfred Lee As President Industrial Asia Pacific

Leading global automotive and industrial supplier, Schaeffler has recently appointed Mr. Alfred Lee (53) as President Industrial Asia Pacific as of September 29, 2021, succeeding Martin Schreiber (54), who has left Schaeffler on August 1, 2021, to pursue other opportunities.


The role will see Mr. Lee spearhead the company’s growth across various industrial sectors in the Asia Pacific region, including two-wheelers, off-road, rail, aerospace, raw materials, industrial automation, power transmission, and wind.

Prior to joining Schaeffler, Mr. Lee was the Vice President for Sales & Marketing at IMI Norgren. Bringing close to 30 years of professional experience in the process and automation industry, Alfred also worked at organizations including ABB, Emerson Process Management, and McDermott International.

Strategic Focus on Industrial Business

“I am excited to join Schaeffler, a leading innovation partner to the automotive and industrial sector, to support the organization’s efforts in enabling business transformation in the industrial sector. Schaeffler’s significant investments into innovation and localizing production in the region have enabled the company to become one of the leading suppliers across various industrial sectors globally”, Alfred said. “I look forward to supporting our partners as we pioneer the future of mobility and motion.”

Commenting on the new appointment, Dharmesh Arora, Regional CEO for Schaeffler Asia Pacific, said, “As we continue to expand our presence and network into emerging market sectors in the region, I am delighted to welcome Alfred as a key member of our Industrial team in Asia Pacific. With our strategic focus on Industry 4.0 and localizing our production footprint, I’m confident that Alfred will be able to lead and propel our industrial business transformation further in the region.”

Driving the Industrial Transformation in Asia Pacific

Testament to its commitment to industrial innovation and transformation, Schaeffler recently introduced its award-winning OPTIME condition monitoring solution in Singapore and Korea, in addition to Europe, China, the USA, Canada, and selected countries in the Asia Pacific (Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and India). The OPTIME, together with SmartCheck and ProLink, Schaeffler can provide a holistic and comprehensive monitoring solution for any production facility, thereby creating value-added services to its bearing solutions for our customers.

With a local presence in 18 countries across four different sub-regions in Asia Pacific, including India, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia / Pacific, Schaeffler has expanded its regional production footprint to include three production hubs located in Vietnam and India, for industrial bearings and components as part of its growth and localization strategy. Leveraging on the expertise and application knowledge of the global Schaeffler network, the industrial production plants in Vietnam and India are providing quality products for customers worldwide, with strategic plans to develop the production hub in Vietnam as a digital pilot plant for its global production system.

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Taiwan’s Two Major Machine Tool Shows To Host Concurrently Next February

Taiwan’s Two Major Machine Tool Shows To Host Concurrently Next February

For the first time ever, two major machine tool exhibitions in Taiwan, “Taipei Int’l Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS)” and “Taiwan International Machine Tool Show (TMTS)” will be held at the same time with the show name “TIMTOS x TMTS 2022” in Taipei, February 21 – 26, 2022, creating a “1+1 greater than 2” synergy for the industry, and likely boosting the international status of Taiwan machine tool industry.

Total exports of Taiwan machine tools from January to August this year reached US$1.755 billion, a phenomenal increase by 22.2% over the same period last year. What’s more, recently TIMTOS and TMTS, two exhibition gurus in Taiwan, have reached consensus that they will be working together to host the shows same time, same venue in Taipei next February, with the same goal in view to help Taiwan companies explore global markets.

Over the years, the two trade shows have been separately held in Taipei and Taichung and kept growing in scale. However, due to the pandemic and venue issues in Taichung, both TIMTOS 2021 and TMTS 2020 were presented online instead of physical exhibitions. As the global machine tool industry is recovering from the pandemic and demand is going high, industry players are eager for physical events. Mr. Jong-chin Shen, Vice Premier of Executive Yuan has thus coordinated the organizers of TIMTOS and TMTS to work together and maximize the trade opportunities for all the exhibitors and visitors. Undoubtedly, the cooperation marks a milestone of unity for Taiwan machine tools industry.

Aside from metal cutting machine tools, machining centers and metal forming machine tools, the joint show “TIMTOS x TMTS 2022” will also showcase a lineup of smart machines. “Smart Machinery” is part of Taiwan government’s “five plus two” innovative industries plan. The alliance between TIMTOS and TMTS in 2022 will fully represent the development and R&D capacity of Taiwan smart machinery industry.It is expected that the joint show “TIMTOS x TMTS 2022” will consolidate resources available to better serve all attendees.

More updates will be coming shortly. Stay tuned on official websites www.timtos-tmts.com.tw.

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Creaform Introduces Three New Solutions To The R-Series Suite

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The company continues to drive the future of at-line and in-line inspection solutions by unveiling a new model of MetraSCAN-R BLACK, a new edition of the software platform specifically designed for long-term support and a now fully customizable layout of the CUBE-R turnkey 3D scanning CMM to better serve the needs of QC in production.


Creaform, the worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, announced today the latest additions to its R-Series lineup, including a new MetraSCAN-R BLACK | Elite HD with improved performance as well as a new edition of VXelements designed for long-term support (LTS). This state-of-the-art set of solutions also includes a new version of VXscan-R module specially made to accommodate custom automated 3D scanning cell layouts, while keeping the ease of use of its digital twin programming software.

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  • Speed and repeatability: MetraSCAN-R BLACK Ι Elite HD offers an optimized field of view for increased performance levels during challenging applications, such as 3D measurements on sheet metal parts.
  • Ideal for the automotive market: With its 69 laser lines and 3,000,000 measurements/s, this specialized 3D scanner is perfect for parts with many edges, trims, and boundaries.
  • Personalized solution: The intuitive VXscan-R software module makes it possible to include the custom features of your 3D scanning CMM (enclosure, robot base, turntable, etc.) for fast and easy programming.
  • Long-term support: Exclusive to the R-series products, the new VXelements LTS version extends the period of software maintenance while also increasing software robustness and dependability by limiting the number of new feature releases.
  • Operational simplicity: With its compatibility with major 3D metrology software, off-line programming, and seamless integration within any production workflow, the R-Series is accessible to all, regardless of the expertise or experience level.

“In the quest to gain efficiency, manufacturers require QC solutions that can adapt to their workflow and environment, while being easy to use. For better decision-making to get better quality parts, they also need fast and precise data,” explains Jérôme-Alexandre Lavoie, Product Manager at Creaform. “With these latest innovations, there has never been a better time to easily move to automation.”

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