Benefits of Elios 3 for Internal Tank Inspections

Industrial inspections of tanks, boilers, and vessels are critical for ensuring safe and efficient operations. However, these inspections can be challenging, time-consuming, and hazardous for human inspectors, especially when they involve confined spaces, elevated heights, or dangerous materials. To overcome these limitations, Flyability, a Swiss company specialising in aerial robotics, has developed the Elios 3, a collision-tolerant drone for indoor inspections. This blog examines the benefits of using Elios 3 for internal tank inspections and how it can improve safety, efficiency, and data quality.

Benefits of Elios 3:

  1. Improved Safety: One of the primary advantages of Elios 3 is that it can operate in confined spaces and hazardous environments that are inaccessible or risky for human inspectors. Elios 3 is equipped with a 360-degree camera and a powerful lighting system, enabling it to navigate complex structures, capture high-quality images and videos, and detect potential hazards such as cracks, leaks, corrosion, or contamination. Moreover, Elios 3 is designed to be collision-tolerant, meaning it can withstand collisions with walls, ceilings, and floors without causing damage to the drone or the environment. This feature reduces the risk of accidents, injuries, or equipment damage, which can be costly and disruptive for the business.




2. Increased Efficiency: Another advantage of Elios 3 is that it significantly reduces the time and cost required for tank inspections. Traditional tank inspections involve draining the tanks, setting up scaffolding, and deploying human inspectors to conduct visual and manual tests. These procedures can take days or weeks, depending on the size and complexity of the tanks. In contrast, Elios 3 can inspect tanks while in operation without disrupting the workflow or requiring shutdowns. This enables companies to conduct more frequent and comprehensive inspections, detect issues earlier, and plan maintenance or repairs more efficiently. Additionally, Elios 3 can generate real-time data and reports, which can be instantly shared with the team and stakeholders and analysed for trends and patterns.


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3. Enhanced Data Quality: Elios 3 can capture high-resolution images and videos of the tanks, which provide detailed and accurate information about the conditions and status of the tanks. The images and videos can be viewed from different angles, zoomed in or out, and annotated with notes or comments. Moreover, Elios 3 can generate 3D models of the tanks, which provide a comprehensive and immersive view of the structures, surfaces, and components. These models can be used for virtual reality training, simulations, or planning. Additionally, Elios 3 can integrate with various software tools and platforms, such as inspection management systems, predictive maintenance software, or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, which enable seamless data integration, analysis, and sharing.

Conclusion: The Elios 3 drone offers significant benefits for internal tank inspections regarding safety, efficiency, and data quality. By using Elios 3, companies can improve their inspection practices, reduce the risk of accidents and downtime, and gain better insights into the health and performance of their tanks. As the use of drones for inspections continues to grow, Elios 3 is poised to become a standard tool for industrial reviews, offering a versatile, reliable, and cost-effective solution for businesses worldwide.

Liarne Fox

March 22

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