Oil and Gas safety is taken very seriously on every job site. That’s why it has some of the most thorough and rigorous safety programs. It’s also one of the most profitable ones. One of the great results of that prosperity is the constant funding of innovation that improves safety as well as efficiency.
Non-Destructive Equipment Inspection
The techniques for NDT can vary depending on the type of equipment and the test that needs to be applied, but one thing stays the same, NDT eliminates the need to physically interfere with the equipment. This puts both people and machines at safer distances and opens up less risk for error. One example is that whine a pipe needs to be inspected to make sure there is no corrosion under the insulation, a technician can do this without removing the coating or the insulation itself.
This removes the technician from a potential hazard, reduces maintenance expenses and helps retain the integrity of the pipe. There is no tampering with the equipment or causing of weak points. The types of NDT are constantly being approved and there are now tools capable of determining the extent of corrosion through insulation, concrete, weather jackets and other non-ferrous materials. In addition to reducing the time and cost of inspections this enables safer structures and prevents future issues.
Virtual Reality Training Programs
Human error is obviously a large part of any safety concern. The more a person is trained on a job, the less concern there needs to be for error. But many find it hard to learn a job by reading about it or watching someone else do it. Virtual reality training programs allow the trainee to be in the middle of the action, seemingly doing the job all in a safe and controlled environment.
While expensive upfront for the technology the ability to train employees to respond to emergency situations without risking injury and equipment damage is priceless. They get what almost accounts to real life on the job training without anyone or anything being at risk. They get to experience their work environment and adjust to it without actually being there. They can practice and acquire the skills needed to do the job before they even get in the field. This saves time and money on the job, as well as decreases the possibility for mistakes and safety hazards.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT)
This has been a boon to the oil and gas industry in so many ways. The IIOT helps optimize operations by improving efficiency, reliability, safety and contributing to cost reductions. With the ability to attach sensors to multiple pieces of equipment and utilize drone inspection technologies the oil and gas industry is able to collect all kinds of data and centralize access to it via the cloud. Workers are able to use their smartphones, tablets or computers to reach into a wealth of relevant information.
These live machine to machine communications can make responding to safety concerns almost instantaneous. Some things can even be handled via AI technology as machines respond to machines and fix their own problems, or better yet, prevent them. The IIOT makes it possible to send alerts when any abnormalities or defects are detected. Providing rapid discovery of things such as spillages, gas leakes, corrosion, fire and other industry related difficulties.
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With all these advances in mind you can feel confident in a safer industry. Without our trucks you can be confident in a reliable and efficient vehicle. Fill out the Tiger General Truck Inquiry Form today to get started on bringing your next piece of equipment to where it’s needed most.