Smart Bee, the computer-enabled drone whose beta phase had been launched back in August 2017, is specially designed to assess dry film thickness (DFT) as well as surface profile measurements. The drone leverages especially functional sensors and software besides utilizing an electronic coating thickness gauge system, which equips the drone to aggregate and store the DFT millage thickness measurements. Interestingly, the use of the drone significantly stamps out the requirement of cranes and scaffolds, ensuring the safety of the workers as they do not have to work at greater heights while reducing the occurrence of accidents. The entire process has the potential to improve productivity by almost 15 times—the prime reason being the automation of the recording done for every measurement in accordance with photo confirmation, time, data, as well as the additional project data.
According to Robert Dahlstrom, CEO of the software-empowered aerial robotics company Apellix, drones can be considered as flying computers, which are therefore software. Dahlstrom reveals their project to be counter-intuitive, which implies that the company is disrupting the concept of drones which fly fast but not close to the surfaces. The drones designed by Apellix are known to fly slow and close to the structures, thereby taking the time to assess the scenario more accurately. “We can complete the assessment generally within a day’s time, which is unlikely for ship manufacturers who require at last a week to acquire the relevant data. The DFT drone has the capability to fly to specific zones such as even the hull of a ship and was also nominated for the Corrosion Innovation of the Year Award of 2017.