Terra Drone Corporation, one of largest providers of industrial drone solutions in the world, is announcing the completion of its investment in RoNik Inspectioneering, a leading Dutch company that performs visual and ultrasonic inspections using wireless robotics. With this investment, RoNik Inspectioneering becomes a part of the Terra Drone group and gets renamed as Terra Inspectioneering. The company will focus on the inspection of industrial, hazardous, and enclosed spaces, such as storage tanks, boilers, super heaters, furnaces, stacks, pipelines and more.
RoNik comes with a long history of providing inspection services to oil and gas, petrochemical, and food and beverage companies in Europe. It has performed more than 200 inspections till date and counts global major oil and gas companies among its clients. Earlier this year, RoNik won the Drone Hero Europe 2019 contest which was organized by the European UAV Knowledge Area (EUKA). Terra Drone is known to invest in technology companies that offer differentiated unmanned solutions to users and RoNik fits this bill perfectly.
RoNik has carved a unique niche in the industry by developing a propriety UT technology which makes ultrasonic thickness testing at hard-to-reach indoor places extremely easy. The use of drones for tank inspections not only eliminates the need to put humans in dangerous places, but it also reduces the time taken for inspection by 40% to 60%. The data captured by RoNik’s patented UT drones is shared in the form of innovative cloud-based 3D models. These reports are fully compliant with storage tank industry inspection standards such as API-653 and EEMUA 159.
Marien van den Hoek, CCO and co-founder of RoNik, says, “This is a perfect timing for having a joint venture with Terra Drone. Deployment of our technology via the Terra Drone’s global network creates unprecedented market growth for all of our group companies.”
Toru Tokushige, CEO, Terra Drone Corporation, says, “Oil and gas companies are fast realizing how drones can be used to improve plant operation rates, save time, and reduce costs. By incorporating RoNik’s proven and reliable nondestructive testing technologies to the solution set we offer via Terra Drone’s global network of more than 25 countries, we will be able to cater to oil and gas companies in all parts of the world.”
Sea News, July 3