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Advanced robotic inspections bolster critical infrastructure in the European market


ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS & PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gecko Roboticsa leader in using advanced robotics and enterprise software to help ensure the availability, reliability and sustainability of critical infrastructure, today announced a three-year collaboration with Siemens Energy European Field Service Organization to market and perform advanced robotic ultrasonic inspection services throughout Europe.

These advanced robotic inspections are poised to harden critical infrastructure and transform the way installed equipment is inspected and maintained. Together, the two companies will develop new technologies and services to better serve customers in several sectors, including pulp and paper, power generation (conventional and renewable) and oil and gas.

“Over the past year, we have worked closely with experts from Siemens Energy to understand the value and impact that our companies’ collaboration can create for the European energy market,” noted Ryan Hermann, Managing Director of Gecko, Europe. “It has become clear that by coming together to serve these customers, we can unlock new data insights and help achieve reliability and efficiency that was not possible before.”

Ultrasonic robots will bring unparalleled benefits to European customers

Siemens Energy European Field Service Organization and Gecko Robotics have already carried out inspections across Europe in Poland (pulp/paper), Belgium (waste-to-energy), the Netherlands (food processing) and the UK (power generation ). To support this collaboration, Siemens Energy has established a new product competence center in the Netherlands, with expansion plans underway.

“The collaboration between Gecko Robotics and Siemens Energy brings together the best of both worlds to deliver end-to-end value to our customers. With one of the largest installed rotating equipment fleets in the industry, Siemens Energy will provide access unrivaled customer for bringing proven robotic technology solutions to its large customer base,” according to Herman Smit, Head of Robotic Inspections at Siemens Energy. “The robotic inspection system will not only ensure safe and reliable operations of customer assets, but also provide rich multimodal data to make condition-based inspections and maintenance of static equipment much more feasible.”

Gecko Robotics’ robots are remote-controlled and equipped with ultrasonic transducers, location sensors, lasers and HD cameras. They climb vertically and horizontally, magnetically adhering to a wide range of equipment types to check for changes in thickness, cracks, corrosion, blistering and other forms of degradation. The robots also include locating technology to pinpoint exact locations on an asset, enabling truly precise inspections that allow inspectors to examine corrosion trends over time, predict when failures will occur, and estimate when repairs are needed.

Data captured by Gecko’s robots and software platform can then produce a validated report within 24 hours, allowing inspectors to quickly assess and make informed decisions regarding ongoing maintenance or repairs. This process and speed of execution also allows inspectors to reduce asset downtime and lost production, while ensuring that critical repairs are carried out with confidence.

By aligning with Siemens Energy European Field Service Organization, Gecko gains a local presence across Europe, access to local technical talent and the opportunity to work with customers in the region. Siemens Energy will be responsible for hiring and training local technicians and customer service personnel across Europe, enabling Gecko Robotics to efficiently deliver state-of-the-art technology, while adhering to all local safety regulations. and work.

About Gecko Robotics:

Gecko builds climbing robots and enterprise software to protect the infrastructure of everyday life. At a time of massive disruption and growing demand, Gecko’s technology helps maximize the productivity, reliability and longevity of assets that underpin critical industries including power generation, oil and gas refining , heavy manufacturing, transportation and more. Gecko’s robots capture data at greater scales and fidelity than traditional manual inspection methods. Combined with Gecko’s software, this data amplifies the input of human experts while eliminating the need to enter dangerous areas themselves. This results in optimized maintenance, higher uptime, informed CAPEX investment, significant cost savings, reduced environmental footprint and fewer workplace injuries. www.geckorobotics.com