Drone Slashes Cost of Inspection


Sulzer & Schmid Laboratories AG, a Swiss company pioneering next-generation technology for the inspection of wind turbine rotor blades, announced today that it has launched a new highly competitive inspection platform. The company’s new 3DX™ HD product has been developed as a cost-effective solution to cope with large volumes of high definition blade inspections.


Based on the compact and flexible DJI M-210 drone, Sulzer Schmid’s latest innovation delivers high performance and fully autonomous drone inspections at a significantly lower cost compared to its existing 3DX Ultra-HD product based on the DJI’s M-600 drone.


Depending on the type of inspections and their requirements, wind turbine OEMs, wind asset owners, and O&M service providers will now be able to choose the technology that best suits their needs. Whereas critical inspections, such as end-of-warranty or change of ownership, call for the superior images provided by the 3DX Ultra-HD product, regular inspections can now be carried out with great efficiency by the 3DX HD platform at a fraction of the cost.


The 3DX HD product combines increased inspection capacity with improved ease of deployment. It offers all the key benefits of autonomous inspection flights while improving inspection efficiency, handling, and deployment during field operations. It is compact enough to be checked-in as regular luggage for air travel and can be deployed easily on CTV ships for Offshore Wind inspections.

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