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Swiss firm deploys drones to streamline wind farm inspections

by Sion Geschwindt
Swiss firm rolls out blade inspection drone tech

Sulzer & Schmid Laboratories has launched its new 3DX SmartPilot drone solution to inspect wind farm blades. 

The solution is powered by Sulzer Schmid’s proprietary software and compatible with most small off-the-shelf DJI drones.

The Swiss company developed the technology to enable inspections in hard-to-reach areas, where site access presents a complex logistical challenge.

Operators can use the 3DX SmartPilot to deliver semi-autonomous drone inspections using portable equipment that can be brought onsite easily and deployed immediately, the company said. 

The inspection data is uploaded, processed, and analysed in the 3DX Blade Platform.

Tom Sulzer, co-founder and chief executive at Sulzer Schmid, commented: “The compact design of 3DX SmartPilot makes it particularly well-suited for inspections of wind farms operating in very remote locations but also for ad-hoc inspections.

“It’s like carrying out inspections from a backpack. Deployable worldwide, our new plug-and-play solution is highly flexible and will overcome most logistical and customs restrictions.”

Image credit: Sulzer & Schmid

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