Nothing like a crisis to force people think and act
differently. The concept for deployment of installed ultrasonic sensors to
either replace or augment manual inspections is by no means a newfangled idea. The
first versions of installed sensors, introduced over 20 years ago, were hard
wired and extremely niche as they were expensive and limited in capability. As
with all technology, as components get smaller, sensors can be more easily
deployed/integrated and become more affordable. The same can be said about
wireless UT sensors. This presentation will provide a technical overview of
wireless UT sensors and how COVID19 had an immediate impact on deployment of
the technology with case studies supporting real-world deployments.
Over the last decade, the wireless UT sensor concept has seen vast technological advancements. Then COVID19 arrived, and the world changed in a matter of weeks. Social distancing, working remotely, and drastic downsizing became immediately paramount. Refineries slashed personnel on site by upwards of 80% to allow only essential staff to remain. The sudden halt in travel caused an immediate drop in the price of crude oil and supply glut, which shocked the O&G world. CAPEX budgets were slashed, workers were laid off or furloughed, and the few who remained were forced to find ways to do more with less. Suddenly, the concept of wireless UT sensors not only started to make a lot of sense, but became a necessity.