The folks at Con Edison are putting the Flyability Gimbal to work, inspecting the towering boilers that produce steam for some of New York City’s most iconic buildings, including the Empire State Building and Grand Central. “Inspecting our boilers requires workers to build up to 10-story scaffolding and go through confined-space training,” said Margarett Jolly, director of Research and Development for Con Edison. “Using innovations in technology, we can speed up the process while still upholding and perhaps improving quality and safety.” Con Edison is conducting the testing at a steam plant on the East Side of Manhattan near the East River. The boilers are 10-stories high and each produces 1.2 million pounds of steam in an hour. The steam system also produces electricity, helping to keep service reliable for 3.4 million electric customers. The drones use video, camera, and thermal technology to produce images in real time. Con Edison personnel can quickly analyze the data and determine where the company needs to make repairs or perform maintenance. <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/b5eHwqpDilc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
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