The use of fluids such as water, methane, or hydrogen is an essential element in our nowadays life.
The key point is that these fluids need to be carried to our houses in pipelines before being fruitful to us and, during this journey, losses, leakages and waste are very common.
For instance, due to difficulty in detection, in Italy an amount of water equal to an Olympic swimming pool is wasted every ten seconds, and 40% of water running in pipelines is wasted. The same problem in pipeline monitoring has been highlighted also by CVA (Compagnia Valdostana delle Acque), one of the biggest Italian hydropower energy providers, while the new frontier of hydrogen transportation in gas methane pipelines lead to the necessity of a more accurate and precise pipeline health analysis.
In fact, although pipelines can carry different types of fluid, there is a common point: maintenance. To assess the right moment of intervention is the key problem in all of these different fields. Thanks to the flex...
The use of fluids such as water, methane, or hydrogen is an essential element in our nowadays life.
The key point is that these fluids need to be carried to our houses in pipelines before being fruitful to us and, during this journey, losses, leakages and waste are very common.
For instance, due to difficulty in detection, in Italy an amount of water equal to an Olympic swimming pool is wasted every ten seconds, and 40% of water running in pipelines is wasted. The same problem in pipeline monitoring has been highlighted also by CVA (Compagnia Valdostana delle Acque), one of the biggest Italian hydropower energy providers, while the new frontier of hydrogen transportation in gas methane pipelines lead to the necessity of a more accurate and precise pipeline health analysis.
In fact, although pipelines can carry different types of fluid, there is a common point: maintenance. To assess the right moment of intervention is the key problem in all of these different fields. Thanks to the flexibility of the device, it can easily be used in different fields, with different fluids and conditions thus allowing PipeIn to operate in different markets with minimal changes to the technical structure.
In this context, PipeIn wants to introduce a new concept of maintenance crossing different markets, changing the today preventive perspective to a more effective predictive maintenance.
This switch allows to reduce the risk of failure by 14% and increase pipeline life by 20%. The capability of PipeIn’s solution to work effectively in different fields is key to the development of a strong predictive model.
The PipeIn solution includes two different parts: a hardware device to collect data from within the pipelines (we named it Shark8) and a software with predictive models to elaborate data and deliver a final report to our customers.
In particular, the Shark8 is an automated device that is inserted within the pipelines. Thanks to our solution’s flexibility, the Shark8 is able to integrate different kinds of sensors which can be replaced depending on the field of application.
The device is continuously localized, while the Shark8 design allows to avoid getting stuck inside the tube, adapting to different internal diameters or pass through possible encrustations.
Collected data is saved into an internal memory in order to elaborate them in post-processing through a specific algorithm, which combines the deterioration mechanics principles with a predictive model.
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