San Diego, California – Diakont, industry leader in robotic technology solutions, has joined the Netherlands-based SPRINT Robotics Collaborative, an international organization that aims to achieve large-scale field use of robotics for inspection and maintenance purposes across the energy industry within the next ten years. Launched in January of 2015, SPRINT was founded by Chevron, Gassco, Shell and Statoil in the efforts of promoting and leveraging advancements in robotics technology to improve safety and reduce environmental impact industry-wide. Among its other planks, the organization’s multilevel mission includes sharing and advancing robotics industry knowledge, fast-tracking innovations, and accelerating the energy industry’s adoption of robotic solutions for existing and new challenges.
Diakont’s entry into SPRINT is a natural step, given the company’s successful track record of developing and deploying robotic solutions for a variety of energy industry applications, ranging from crawlers used to inspect “unpiggable” oil and gas pipelines, to remote spot welding repairs inside nuclear reactor vessel components. Diakont’s latest robotic technology solution, the STINGRAY, is a submersible crawler that allows for storage tank floor inspection services without having to take the tank offline prior to and during the inspection.
“Given recent advancements like our STINGRAY service offering, it’s an exciting time in the robotics field,” comments Jonathan Minder, Integrity Solutions Engineer at Diakont. “Because safety is such a high-level concern throughout the energy industry, pipeline and storage tank operators can be resistant to trying even low-risk new technologies that improve the way they do business. Collectives like SPRINT give technology and service providers like Diakont a forum for demonstrating to industry professionals just how far the technology has come, and what it can do for them—safely, efficiently, and generating significant cost savings.”