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Can you improve your inspections?

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Lineman Supervisor Monroe Infrared Technology

With several years experience as a lineman I strive to do the best inspections including thermal imaging and RGB for utilities and industrial sectors. This is done by keeping my training and...

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The importance of High resolution sUAS imagery in conjunction with a platform that utilizes highly skilled inspectors that have decades of experience is an invaluable tool to have at your disposal.

This cotter key backing out may be missed by AI or just a quick look and go inspection. The ability to zoom in and look closely at every detail is important. No matter how big the issue. Utilizing the sUAS will allow closer more in depth inspections vs. the traditional helicopter patrol.

This may not be a "Critical" roll truck issue to some utilities. But it could be fixed at the next maintenance cycle along with other issues that were found on the circuit. But if left unchecked it will quickly become an outage and possibly cause a lot of personal or environmental damage.

Routine inspections utilizing sUAS visual and Infrared inspections can greatly improve your safety, reliability, and revenue.  Cutting overtime by fixing potential problems before they become after hours outages will greatly aid in your revenue stream.

Utilizing a third party allows problems to be found by an unbiased individual with nothing at stake in the repairs. As well as they are unfamiliar with the system which curbs someone hurrying to get it done because they have other job functions to perform. 

This also allows you to focus your Engineers and Linemen on task that are part of their normal operation and job functions. 


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