Applus+ Successfully Performs Automated Ultrasonic Testing of Amine Regeneration Stacks using Rope Access


    Applus+ in Canada has recently completed a project to evaluate the integrity of two amine regeneration stacks in Western Alberta, Canada.

    The project consisted of automated ultrasonic testing of the stack body. Applus+ was contacted by the operator of the facility, who required inspection assistance that could be mobilised immediately and sought a solution that would not employ scaffolding. 

    The Applus+ team immediately analysed the scope of work and devised a plan. The following morning, all equipment was prepared, including a special lanyard to support the AUT system that would assist in guiding the instrument. The team, which consisted of four technicians, mobilised and arrived at the client site later that evening. 

    The following morning, the equipment was calibrated and ready for use. The rope access system was set up and all safety checks completed. Inspections were performed at a maximum height of 55 feet around the circumference of the stack. The inspections were completed in two working days and within one week of the client’s initial request. 

    Rope-access-enabled-NDT proved to be invaluable in this situation, in which a traditional access was not viable. It also provides our clients with an excellent alternative to traditional access solutions as it is a cost-efficient alternative to the cumbersome scaffolding.

    Applus+ has a wealth of knowledge and experience within a wide range of industrial sectors, and holds numerous rope access accreditations, from safety to management-system standards.

    To date, Applus+ has completed hundreds of successful projects utilising rope access around the world.

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