Phillips 66 and Square Robot Partner to Develop Storage Tank Inspection Robot

10:36 10/19/2017

An energy manufacturing and logistics company PSX  has announced a partnership with Square Robot, Inc. (a private company that designs and manufactures robotic systems for the oil and gas industry).

The partnership includes advancements in the manufacturing of an automatic robot that has the capability to inspect petroleum product storage tank floors while the product remains in the tank. The robot is expected to enter action in mid-2018.

Usual aboveground storage tanks are detached from service to be drained and cleaned at a huge price to evaluate the bottom of the tank. The new robot is being designed to automatically examine and record obstacles within a tank while the tank remains in static service. This creates a specific route allowing maximum coverage of the tank bottom.

Eric Levitt, Square Robot co-founder said, “Our collaboration with PSX  provides access to significant team of experts in NDT inspection, safety, procedures and operations. As a start-up, we would not have access to these tremendous resources outside of our core business of developing autonomous robots for confined spaces.”

Using the non-destructive testing (NDT) data that is recorded allows an inspector to harvest a more precise map for a more accurate prediction of a tank floor’s remaining life.

General manager of Midstream Operations for Phillips 66, Todd Denton said, “Ensuring the integrity of our equipment is one of our top priorities and we are always looking for innovative new technologies to help us achieve this.”

“Our collaboration with Square Robot presents a unique opportunity to develop technology that will enable us to maintain our equipment and minimize disruption to our customers,” Denton added.

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