With huge safety and financial benefits along with HD inspection results, it is easy to understand why the use of drone inspections in the Chemical Industry is becoming a more frequently required service.

We are Balmore Inspection Services, an award winning visual inspection provider using aerial and underwater drones to provide a complete visual inspection service for customers across Scotland and the North of England who require one off or regular inspection of key manufacturing and storage assets.

With strict maintenance requirements, the need for regular inspection work is an essential requirement. This allows any developing issues, deteriorating equipment or damage to storage containers and silos to be spotted early and repaired before it develops into a serious issue.

Poorly maintained chemical storage facilities that leach dangerous chemicals into the ground can have serious health risks and should always be taken seriously.

chemical production facility visual inspection

The advantage of drone inspection

Beyond the financial benefits of using drones for your visual inspection work, the biggest benefit is safety. Int eh chemical industry, the potentially harmful materials that laboratories, factories and manufacturing centres use is always a health hazard. Using drones reduces the exposure and risk to human life while providing a superior quality inspection service that has the added benefit of HD digital recordings, faster inspection times (which results in less operational downtime) and significant cost savings.

The cost savings of using drone inspections

There are three core areas where the use of drone inspection services over traditional human inspection teams offers cost benefits.

1 – Access Equipment

A traditional inspection team will normally require ‘at height’ equipment such as rope access or scaffolding to simply access an inspection area. The cost to simply access a point of interest can already be more costly than an entire drone inspection flight.

2 – Time

Drone inspections can be conducted quicker and the benefits of this are not just seen in how long the actual inspection programme takes but in the companies operational downtime. We can conduct many drone inspection services during live operational time which can save your business considerably in daily production costs.

3 – Personnel

A traditional inspection team is just that – a team. Multiple personnel all having to work in a dangerous environment that adds costs and safety risks. A drone can be piloted by a single pilot in safety. This cuts down on inspection costs and will have a positive effect on your business insurance policies.

thermal imaging of a production facility

What services we can provide for Chemical Sector Inspection

  • Pipe Inspection
  • Cables and Power line Inspection
  • Fermenter tanks / Silos
  • Pressure vessels & Storage tanks
  • Suction ducts & Ventilation Systems
  • Heat exchangers
  • Storage silos and waste disposal bins

In the air, under water and in confined spaces

At Balmore, we invest heavily in our equipment and operate a fleet of drones tailored to a multitude of specific inspection requirements. From aerial inspection of above ground chemical storage tanks to confined spaces pipe inspection. We can even conduct underwater drone inspection work in water storage tanks while they are filled.

One Off & Scheduled Inspection Work

Some visual inspection work is only required as a one off. Whether this is a chemical plants roofing inspection after a storm or where a ground based visual inspection has spotted something and your require a close up detailed report. And then there is legally required and scheduled inspection work. Storage tanks that have to be inspected regularly for insurance purposes. Ventilation systems that have to be checked for Fire & Safety. The list goes on. Whatever your requirements, at Balmore we can provide the right service to exceed your needs.

Find out more

To find out more about our range of inspection services and to arrange a demonstration of our drones in action, please call our head office in Glasgow by calling 0141 370 4037 or email info@balmore-ltd.co.uk

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