The Industrial plant measure­ment challenge

by Bochumer Wirtschafts­entwicklung

Utilization of technical aids for a simplified measurement of industrial plants.

Keywords: VR, 3D, AI, Mobility, measuring systems, maintenance

In order for us to successfully plan and service pipings and valves at customer sites, we need to know their exact measurements, such as distances between different valves, length of the pipes connecting those valves, thickness, etc. We also need to know the specific holders used. We are currently measuring manually, which makes it necessary to use lifting platforms and other devices to reach all spots and take the measures. In individual cases, this process can take up to 300 hours. We also make use of 3D-laserscans, where applicable. This is a step in the right direction, but has its downfalls as well. The data obtained via 3D-Scan is “stupid”, there is no information assigned to these points, such as its position within the measured area. So obtaining the data is possible, but its evaluation is not, at least not to the degree that would help us. We also cannot enrich that data with information when measuring at the customer site, such as which holders are being used here, the thickness of a piping’s isolation, etc. We believe that this process can be significantly shortened by using the right technology. This technology would have to scan the customer site and assign measures such as
distances to the scan automatically. It should also allow for a manual enrichment of the
data obtained.

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Bochumer Wirtschafts­entwicklung

ETABO Energietechnik und Anlagenservice GmbH is an independent, medium-sized company. For more than 40 years, ETABO has been active in plant construction and plant service for power plants and industrial plants and has decades of experience in the project management of complex energy technology projects. ETABO is a Life Cycle Partner for the construction, conversion and servicing of plants, systems and components. ETABO’s service portfolio includes engineering, procurement, prefabrication and delivery, as well as services such as maintenance, repair and upkeep, or the conversion of existing plants. ETABO has for some time been undergoing an intensive transformation process to become an agile company, which has an impact on the corporate culture and organisation as well as on the daily work processes and the character of the company’s activities. An essential focus of ETABO is the development of its employees through the development of new innovative services. This is reflected, for example, in the fact that the ETABO 4.0 initiative is already working on sub-sectors of industry 4.0, including 3D printing, pragmatically and practically.

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