Robotic Inspections, as we enter the 4th Industrial Revolution-Video

01 Aug 2019
Ripi Singh
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Abstract: Industry 4.0 is a name for the current trend of automation & data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It primarily includes cyber-physical systems, automation, Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing. Different thought leaders have included other disruptive technologies. The case as it may be, the 4th Industrial Revolution is upon us, with opportunities never seen before.
Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) of critical infrastructure for human safety has been a continuously evolving system of sensors, data interpretation, and human in the loop. With confluence of digital physical systems, it is taking a whole new meaning providing significant opportunity in all three aspects: reliability, availability, and affordability. It is time for NDE 4.0
Robotics and Automation particularly play a key role helping achieve, speed of inspection, protecting the inspector from hazardous environment, reaching areas where human hand can't go, offering precision, dependability and intelligence, and of course better data management. Having worked on Human Factors in NDE reliability during late 1990s, the speaker has special appreciation of what robotic assistance can bring to the system performance. Speaker will also share information on some of the NDE robots already in market offering capabilities not possible up until yesterday.
In this webinar, the speaker will share his emerging perspective in NDE 4.0, increasing role of robotics in NDE 4.0; interpretation of Industry 4.0 principals to NDE applications, a simple 5 step process to go from ideation to monetization. Robotic NDE has potential to increase reliability of NDE inspections by integrating additional specialist in the decision process through tele-presence. This can help leverage the rare resource of senior inspectors, into industrial inspections at multiple sites, addressing the challenge of talent in general and specialist access in particular situations.
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