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INSPECTION SOLUTIONS

Flying

INSPECTIONS
Drones are rapidly becoming a fast, economical
inspection tool in the industrial arena.

Drones save time, money, and may
be the only data-collection option in
accident situations.

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MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY

Sean Woessner
Industrial Skyworks

MOST PEOPLE CALL them drones. Technically, they're UAVs (unmanned
aerial vehicles) or sUAS (small unmanned aircraft systems). No matter
what you call them, these flying camera and sensor holders are rapidly
becoming a valuable industrial inspection tool.
Drone-based inspections are helping companies improve
efficiency and data quality, while increasing safety and speed of
operation. Because it's an evolving technology, some people may
not be aware of the potential benefits they can realize using
UAVs to inspect assets.
Drone inspections can dramatically reduce the high
costs, safety risks, and time involved with conventional
inspection methods. Since drones are small and inexpensive to operate, you can carry out more inspections every
month than you can with conventional methods, without
shutting down operations and affecting production. In
traditional methods, you need to schedule a shutdown
and assemble several workers, vehicles, helicopters, and
other inspection equipment, especially for the energy
sector. Also, the mobility, speed, ease of use, and efficiency
of drones provides companies with the opportunity to
collect data on a large scale. Since the drones can be used in
even the most difficult areas, it makes it possible to inspect a
whole pipeline and its surroundings, just in case there is need to
analyze the extent of a leak.
Drone-based field investigations provide invaluable information
to operational and maintenance managers with the following added
advantages:
■ timely reporting and investigation of damage/material loss when carried
out under a defined schedule
■ enhanced personnel safety by avoiding close proximity of humans to
hazardous environments and dangerous locations
■ firsthand delivery of information to supervisors/managers without the
need to visit a site
■ cost-effective alternative to route reconnaissance and aerial-surveys
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology July 2017

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
Powering Auto Production
Following The North Star
Flying Inspections
Untangle Compressed Air Misconceptions
Change Your Lubrication Mindset
HMI-Design Essentials For Today's SCADA Systems
SAP: Tips and Tricks
Cybersecurity Best Practices
Bearing Storage
Interpreting IP Code
Noisy Pumps
Move From Time- to Condition-Based Lubrication
CMMS Energizes Maintenance Efforts
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Final Thought
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 1
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Cover1
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Cover2
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 2
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 3
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Editorial
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 5
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Uptime
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - On The Floor
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Powering Auto Production
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Following The North Star
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Flying Inspections
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Untangle Compressed Air Misconceptions
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 24
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Change Your Lubrication Mindset
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 26
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - HMI-Design Essentials For Today's SCADA Systems
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 28
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 29
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - SAP: Tips and Tricks
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Cybersecurity Best Practices
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Bearing Storage
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Interpreting IP Code
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Noisy Pumps
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Move From Time- to Condition-Based Lubrication
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 37
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 38
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - CMMS Energizes Maintenance Efforts
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 41
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Products
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Ad Index
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Showcase
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Final Thought
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