Emirates Steel uses drones for safer plant inspections

Emirates Steel, the only integrated steel plant in the UAE and a subsidiary of industrial conglomerate, Senaat, is using a groundbreaking inspection technique utilising unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones, in its annual safety and maintenance inspections, the company announced on Thursday.

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An unmanned aerial drone is displayed during the Virtual Future Exhibition, in Dubai February 9, 2014. The United Arab Emirates says it plans to use unmanned aerial drones to deliver official documents and packages to its citizens as part of efforts to upgrade government services. Picture taken February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTX18IGC

ABU DHABI, 29th September, 2016 (WAM) — Emirates Steel, the only integrated steel plant in the UAE and a subsidiary of industrial conglomerate, Senaat, is using a groundbreaking inspection technique utilising unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones, in its annual safety and maintenance inspections, the company announced on Thursday.

The move enables Emirates Steel to track and analyse maintenance risks and plan a customised repair programme in a safer mode avoiding possible shutdowns, the company said in a press release.The drone technology helped avoid a five-day shutdown in the company’s direct-reduction plants (DRP), typically required to inspect live flares.

The company described the move as a major step towards achieving increased plant availability and maintaining efficient production through a regular maintenance programme based on reliability, risk inspection in line with its maintenance strategy. More info

Source: by WAM  www.zawya.com

Photo: An unmanned aerial drone is displayed during the Virtual Future Exhibition, in Dubai February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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