Why to use ROVs?

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ROV Accesories Software tools training Panama Latin America
ROV Accesories Software tools training Panama Latin America

Remotely Operated Vehicles, or ROVs, are submergeable robots that are controlled from above the water. ROVs are connected to the topside via cable umbilical (tether) cable and controlled using a joystick in a similar to play a video game. A group of cables, connects the ROV to surface station, sending electrical signals back and forth between the operator and the vehicle.

ROV Accesories Software tools training Panama Latin America
ROV Accesories Software tools training Panama Latin America

Here we summarize few of the benefits of using ROV for our underwater surveys:

Reducing Human Exposure:

Human divers can only submerge to certain depths for a restricted period of time, and the skill and danger involved makes deepwater diving unrealistic.

Reaching Deeper:

ROVs allow us to investigate areas that are too deep for humans (divers) to safely reach themselves.

Diving Longer:

Remote Operated Vehicles can stay underwater much longer than a human diver, expanding the time available for exploration. The only limitation will be the power source (battery or power supply).

ROV Accesories Software tools training Panama Latin America
ROV Accesories Software tools training Panama Latin America

Although ROVs were not as successful initially, the technology has come a long way, and now Underwater Vehicles are regularly used offshore for petroleum developments and drilling, fishfarming, military and oceanogrphy investigations.

Thermo Inspection with Drones

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Thermo cameras allow us to see infrared and thermal energy that is always around us.

Visible Light It is like the tip of the Iceberg, with our eye we just see around 2.5% of the available out there.

We don’t perceive infrared (thermal energy) as they are no visible for our eye, as the spectrum  that we eye can detect is very limited.

Infrared has about 30% of the available light spectrum, see image below:

In simple words, the main differences between visible Light and Thermo Energy:

  • Our eye can see what is reflected from the surface.
  • Thermo energy capture emissivity and reflections.
  • Our eye can see through a glass.
  • Thermo energy cannot pass through glass.

It is very important to understand that Thermo Images are just for Surfaces, It doesn’t penetrate the objects neither bodies.

Every surface has different emissivity, depending on their surfaces.

Shiny surcafes has high reflectivity and low emissivity

Dark (opaque) surfaces has low reflectivity by high Emissivity

In the picture below can be noticed that emissivity is affected by surface colors.

In the Solar Panel generations business, Thermo inspection has a great role.

The more energy the panel absorb, the more efficient it is.

According to statistical analysis from various thermo experts, performing regular Thermo inspections can help to reduce energy loss by 15%, due to Broken cells, dust, and dirt.

As a bonus, we have included the emissivity tables we use for our inspections: