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Big Plans for the Second Half of the Year

Leslie-Oghomienor Welcome to the fourth edition of Innova – RusselSmith’s monthly publication on all things interesting, innovative and informative.
Today we celebrate not only the major role you played in facilitating Innova’s progress so far, but also the anticipated success stories to come in the second half of the year.
The next six months will see us focus a lot on research and development to ensure that Innova continues to add value to our reader base, while remaining interesting and informative. Our plans for the next two quarters of the year are also geared towards ensuring continuity and growth.

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Robotic Crawlers: The Smart Approach to Pipeline Integrity Management

We are in an era where the use of robotic systems to create simplified solutions to business challenges takes precedence. The robotic crawler is one of such highly efficient systems.

In a research article on the benefits of robotic crawlers by GE, it is stated that one third (540,000 km / 335,000 miles) of all pipelines worldwide are considered unpiggable because of access and valve restrictions, multi-diameter designs, impassable fittings and a myriad of other configuration issues.
Nevertheless, regulations exist that ensure these pipelines must be inspected on a continuing basis and that safe working conditions must be maintained to guarantee a long and profitable life span. Failures in pipelines usually result in incidents that can have devastating impacts on life, reputation, production, management and the environment.

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