The customer came to us with a specific request to inspect the enclosed interior of 55 Gallon Drums used for mixing fluids. After the drums have been used they require complete inspection to ensure the interior is free of residue as well as check the integrity of the welded joints. The surface area is relatively large for an inspection with a small area for entrance into the drum. (1-1/4") In the past, the customer used video probes, however, increased the length of the inspection considerably due to the smaller field of view as well as lack of light intensity. The other drawback was in using a video probe, the likelihood of damaging the equipment was increased because they are not robust and are very expensive to repair.
Camera: iShot CMOS Camera
Solution: The solution was to modify our iShot Handi-wand and ruggedized the connector, so it was able to completely inspect the interior of the dark beverage drum. The customer wanted to keep the tool hanging from the ceiling so it was accessible inline for their process, we incorporated a retractable ceiling mount to obtain easy access to the camera wand. The monitors are attached to the wall making the Handi-Wand a convenient inspection system that was almost native to there facility, as opposed to a piece of equipment that had to be locked away every evening. Our engineers altered the shape of our product’s wand section in such a way that the head of the unit could look back on its own handle. This was necessary so that once the unit went into the drum for inspection it was able to look at the underside of the entrance portal. Along with doing this our engineers changed the camera head of the unit to the OWL camera to increase the light sensitivity due to the dark interior of the beverage drum.
Our customer is still using the product and has been successful. The customer has saved nearly 30,000 dollars on every system they have purchased and have been able to continue to do there inspections faster and with less damage than in the past.