New technology developed in Blyth is helping improve safety in the offshore industry.
Thermal imaging technology by Dräger Marine & Offshore in Blyth is being used to quickly detect electrical and mechanical hotspots offshore.
The equipment identifies the ‘hotspots’ prior to maintenance and repair work offshore.
This provides oil operators with a quick and easy solution to check for potential problems before implementation of a repair or strengthening plan, leading to reduced downtime.
Phil Saxton, general manager for Dräger Marine & Offshore Aberdeen, said: “It’s 25 years since the world’s worst offshore oil disaster, Piper Alpha, and while lessons have been learned, Dräger is going one step further with its preventative measures to ensure continuous improvement in offshore safety standards.
“Sometimes hotspots are not immediately apparent to the naked eye, the planning and execution of maintenance work can be highly targeted through identifying such areas of concern.”
Its offshore benefits were initially discovered by Denmark-based Dräger Safety key account manager Peter Sonne and an international oil giant, which led to an initial order being placed six months ago.
Mr Sonne said: “The equipment is being used to detect potential overheated connections, fire or loose connections in electrical installations and issues can be identified early to prevent costly downtime and save companies substantial amounts of money.”
Dräger’s thermal imaging cameras have the advantage of being Atex-approved too, which means they can be used in explosive environments – something that is extremely useful in a hazardous area like an oil platform.
The cameras rely on heat signatures and can see in darkness, fog or smoke and even minor temperature differences are visible due to a difference in thermal characteristics.
To find out more about Dräger, visit www.draeger.com