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TECH BUYER Sep 2018 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US44282018

Five Key Reasons to Consider Robotics for Industrial Inspections

By: John SantagateResearch Director, Service Robots, Kevin ProutyGroup Vice President, Energy and Manufacturing Insights

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This IDC Perspective discusses the use of robotics to improve the industrial inspection process. Industrial inspections, regardless of the reason for inspection, can be a very dirty and dangerous job. While not necessarily dull, industrial inspections definitely cover two of the three Ds of robotics deployment (dull, dirty, and dangerous). Industrial inspections can range from inspecting operational assets and operational facilities to inspecting defunct facilities during the decommissioning process or evaluating the health and risk of nonoperational holding tanks. There is no shortage of reasons to conduct industrial inspections, and there is a big business emerging for robotics to be leveraged in the inspection process.

"Safety is the number 1 reason to look at robotics as a tool to improve industrial inspections," says John Santagate, research director at IDC for Commercial Service Robotics. "Not all robotic technologies are designed to automate tasks; some are built to be manipulated by human hands in the effort to augment human capabilities and in this case to keep humans out of harm's way while still improving the process."


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