ROBOTIC INSPECTION
FOR CHEMICAL PLANTS

Alleviating workforce shortage in complex greenfield and brownfield facilities through automated robotic inspections.


The challenges of inspections jobs in the Chemical Industry

WORKFORCE SHORTAGE

The chemical industry is facing a workforce shortage as operators and inspectors retire and young talent is not attracted to dangerous, dull, or dirty jobs.

Inspector shortage is already a problem but in 2030, there will be 1.5 Mio. vacant operator jobs in the European Union alone.

UNPLANNED DOWNTIME

The chemical industry is facing rising costs and supply chain disruptions due to the war in Ukraine and the global pandemic, which is forcing them to cut costs or increase productivity. 

A key cost factor for chemical sites is unplanned downtime, which annually leads to $270 billion in downtime costs.

INDUSTRY HEALTH

The chemical industry is under pressure to reduce its environmental impact and provide safer working conditions for the inspectors to ensure their health.

Investing in safer & sustainable technologies adds to costs but is crucial to stay competitive in the long run.

What you get with ANYmal

Safety

SAFETY & SUSTAINABILITY

Reduce environmental impact an exposure to dangerous environments.  

More data

ACTIONABLE INSIGHTS

Detect anomalies, improve predictive maintenance, maximize asset performance.

More value

INCREASE EFFICIENCY

Optimize operator efficiency, reduce human error, and utilize operators for complex tasks and decision-making.

Ex-Zone Inspection at BASF

BASF, one of the world’s largest chemical producers, put ANYmal X to the test in Ex-zones! Zones which are inaccessible for most inspection robots because flammable or explosive gases or liquids are handled within these areas.

At Ludwigshafen, ANYmal X demonstrated its unique ability to perform automated routine inspections in Ex-rated areas requiring intrinsically safe, ATEX-certified equipment.

Collecting trend and anomaly data autonomously, ANYmal X carried out inspections across multiple levels of the Steamcracker and the Oxo Plant. The mission included visual inspections of liquid levels, gauge readings, lever positions, and thermal inspections of steel tanks and pumps.

Grace: 1.5% increase in plant uptime

W.R. Grace transitions its Düren Chemical plant in Germany from unplanned to scheduled maintenance with ANYmal as a critical contribution to the strategic project. The plant runs 24/7 which poses high pressure on maximum uptime, and it doesn’t allow any structural changes. ANYmal’s autonomous execution of over 120 thermal, visual, and acoustic inspection goals per mission in this complex facility enables early detection of anomalies and preventive maintenance. In operations, ANYmal achieved a 1.5% increase in plant uptime.

André Kubitzky

«The extrapolation of the savings over a  year, for one plant, shows about a 1.5% increase in production uptime. This is a significant contribution directly attributable to ANYmal.»

André Kubitzky

Automization and Robotics, GRACE

How can your operations profit from ANYmal?

About ANYbotics

Since 2016, Swiss robotics company ANYbotics has developed innovative, intelligent, and integrated robotic solutions that improve workers’ lives, increase productivity, and support more sustainable industrial facilities.

Partnering with global technology leaders, ANYbotics provides large asset operators with autonomous, automated, end-to-end robotic inspection solutions for complex, hazardous, and explosive industrial environments.

ANYbotics is a fast-growing company with over 100 employees focused on supporting the inspection needs of workers in oil & gas, power, energy, mining, processing, chemicals, transportation, and construction.

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