AQS Environmental Solutions has taken delivery of a new mainline CCTV survey unit fitted with EX-rated camera technology for use in environments where there is a heightened risk of explosions.
The equipment is designed to be intrinsically safe, giving it enhanced protection in confined spaces where there is greater potential for the presence of volatile gases.
Sectors where EX-rated equipment is often needed include pharmaceutical production, during hydrostatic and air testing, power generation, oil and gas rig maintenance, gas pipe maintenance, and landfill site management.
AQS, part of Lanes Group plc, is based at Thurles, Co Tipperary, and is one of Ireland’s leading pipe and tank cleaning and repair specialists, both in the industrial and utility sectors.
Gary Pollard, CCTV Technical Specialist at AQS, said: “Both industrial and utility clients are increasingly specifying EX-rated equipment for maintenance tasks on many of their assets, and we aim to be at the forefront of this trend.
“This camera technology gives our clients additional assurance with regards to health and safety in high-risk environments. It also extends the role of remote access pipe and tank surveying, which is often safer, faster, and less costly than other methodologies.”
The Mini-Cam CCTV survey van carries the latest Proteus robotic crawler and push-rod camera systems, capable of surveying pipes with diameters of 100 millimetres to culverts with diameters of more than three metres.
Images are processed and logged using new Wincan VX inspection reporting and asset management software, providing enhanced systems for processing, analysing, reporting, and sharing pipeline survey data.
Used alongside new ADR jetting and vacuuming tankers, also deployed by AQS since the start of 2017, the new CCTV survey unit will support the delivery of unrivalled tank and pipe surveying services.
It will be operated by CCTV survey engineer Kevin O’Connell, who has been with AQS for nine years, and is one of the company’s most experienced and skilled CCTV engineers.
He said: “It’s exciting to have such new technology. It will make it quicker and easier for us to collect and process data for our customers, so we can give them a better service all round. It’s my job to explore the boundaries of what the system can do, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
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