4 ways visual inspections save you money

Visual inspection is the term used to describe a variety of activities that form the starting point of any non-destructive testing project. Visual inspections include techniques that range from the expert gaze of an experienced technician to the use of an expensive piece of equipment such as an Aerial Drone over a large site.

It can be underestimated how important this phase of testing is, not least in its role in providing a more targeted, cost-effective testing process. Here are just four ways that visual testing can save you money and deliver assurance that your equipment is safe.

1.      Reduction in repair costs

Having a routine visual inspection of your assets can save you money in the long run as early detection of flaws or faults can stop repair costs spiraling out of control. This is particularly true when areas are hard to reach, for example, tubes within heat exchangers. Equipment such as borescopes can be inserted into these areas to ensure there are no surface defects such as corrosion or cracks. These faults would not be visible on the outside of the piece of equipment. Early detection of any flaws can allow a timely, controlled repair, minimising disruption to site operations.

2.      Reduction in safety costs

Testing methods such as Radiography and Ultrasonic testing require a technician to be in close physical proximity to the piece of equipment to be tested. Additional expenses can be incurred when procedures are followed to ensure the technician is safe or has adequate access. For example, scaffolding might be required, or an entry to a confined space might require rope work.

Using UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or Drones as a part of the visual inspection process helps to reduce the need for scaffolding and confined space entry processes. It means a couple of engineers can visually inspect a largely inaccessible area quickly, without the need for rope or scaffold access.

It may be that once a flaw is detected, rope access or scaffolding may be required, but by identifying the area, the testing can be targeted, and this reduces the amount of additional safety equipment and therefore expense.

3.      Reduction in downtime

With the need for safety equipment reduced, the amount of time it takes to perform the inspection is vastly reduced. This means that the number, frequency, or length of unnecessary stoppages can be reduced or sometimes even eliminated. This has an obvious benefit to the productivity of the site.

4.      Fewer unnecessary repairs

A highly experienced NDT technician can visually inspect and determine whether a part is beyond repair and needs replacing. This stops unnecessary additional Ultrasonic or Radiographic tests from needing to be conducted on the part. This reduces the time taken for testing and ultimately allows for parts to be replaced quickly.

Visual Testing

Our team of highly skilled NDT technicians is trained in applying a range of visual testing techniques to ensure that your project is completed as safely, as thoroughly, and in a cost-effective manner as possible. We are proud of how our teamwork to deliver assurance to you that your site is safe. For more information, please contact us, our team will be happy to help.

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