How Remote Video Inspections Help With Business Continuity
By Bernard Welch
Utilizing remote visual inspection with smart phones, tablets, and smart glasses would help maintain supply chains and operational timelines when health and safety restrictions challenge business continuity to minimize disruptions to your business.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has affected people worldwide, resulting in deteriorating lives as well as livelihood. The pandemic demands social distancing (as the disease can be easily spread from one infected person to another) to prevent it from spreading. In this scenario, technology plays an essential role, replacing human activities and making tasks easier. One such technology domain is remote visual inspection, which monitors workplace activities with the help of some varied components. In this blog, we will discover how remote visual inspection has a substantial part to play and how it maintains business continuity.
Remote video inspections enable quality control and quality assurance activities, which would help maintain manufacturing schedules without adjusting to safety and quality.
In simple terms, a remote video inspection is inspecting areas which would otherwise be visually inaccessible. It enables an inspector to visually inspect these inaccessible areas with the help of a tool that can do this job remotely. This can view parts of an engine, pipe, gearbox, etc.
Remote visual inspection has two critical concepts that are required to be covered:
Remote: The technician can examine an area of interest while being away from it physically.
Visual inspection: With the help of technology, it captures the area of interest which can be portrayed on a screen monitor.
There is a wide array of applications for remote assistance software, ranging from the simple, like pipe blockage inspection to the advanced like jet turbine engine inspection.
What types of work qualify for video inspections?
Industrial plant inspection
Small projects’ inspections
Rooftop solar (photovoltaic)
Electrical service upgrades
Water heater inspections
Gas line installations
Parking shade structures
Detached storage sheds
What are the Benefits of Remote Video Inspection?
Increase in personnel safety at the time of widespread health-related turbulences, such as COVID-19.
Reduce travel costs and carbon footprint makers by decreasing the travel of personnel.
Scope for business continuity as inspections can continue irrespective of vendor site access or travel restrictions.
Improvement in efficiency for inspectors and customers.
Increase in inspection frequency for customers with remote locations to alleviate the risks
Saves time and money by avoiding lengthy travel times.
The increasing demand for remote video inspection is beneficial on many fronts, which is increasing the need for manufacturers and suppliers to invest in R&D in improving products and meeting customer demands. The rise in demand also brings a further key advantage in the form of an increase in the number of skilled remote virtual inspection technicians.