Intel’s Falcon 8+ drone recently completed an inspection of a gas terminal in Scotland while the plant remained operational, saving the company between $1 and $5 million a day in potential production loss.
Intel partnered with Cyberhawk for the mission, which lasted two days, according to a news release. The unmanned aircraft system (UAS) captured 1,100 images, completing a job that would have taken a three man team three days to finish.
Such inspections typically require facilities to shut down and could take weeks to complete, according to the release. Workers must rely on harnesses and cable equipment as they hang in midair, gathering the necessary information on the structure. Drones offer a safer, more efficient way to perform these inspections.
The data the drone collected can be used for asset maintenance including pre-maintenance inspection, repair work, resource planning and maintenance prioritization.
“The way we conduct inspections is changing,” said Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager within Intel’s New Technology Group, according to the release. “Drones make inspection workflows faster, cheaper and safer. The technology is mature enough to be adopted into the workflows of our customers.”