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Industrial Hydroblasting uses ultra-high pressure water to clean industrial equipment, regularly using pressures above 25,000 psi (pounds per square inch). The process of hydroblasting is dangerous, since the velocity of these water streams can be faster than a bullet and do equivalent damage. At a high enough pressure, water can cut through steel.
As part of Veolia’s Goal Zero safety program, Veolia developed the Sidewinder™, a remotely-operated robotic shotgun designed for Hands Free™ hydroblasting. The Sidewinder™ allows the operator to precisely control the Sidewinder™ outside of the barricaded area and away from the hazardous “line of fire.” Veolia’s technology minimizes the amount of PPE needed by operators, reducing heat stress, fatigue and risk of injury.
The Sidewinder™ has superior cleaning capabilities compared to manual hydroblasting. With a maximum allowable working pressure of up to 40,000 PSI, a total reach of 9 ½ feet and a 300-degree range of horizontal rotation, the Sidewinder™ cleans faster, more consistently and with smaller crews compared to manual methods. The Sidewinder™ can be quickly assembled on site.
The Sidewinder™ was developed and is manufactured by Veolia’s Methods & Development (M&D) team, based in La Porte, Texas. The in-house M&D group designs and manufactures a broad array of Hands Free™ equipment and custom parts to meet all of our clients’ industrial cleaning needs. Working closely with Veolia divisions, the M&D team is producing the next generation of advanced cleaning technologies to improve project efficiency, worker safety and reduce cost.
For the coal-fired power industry, manual cleaning of boiler backpasses and economizers presents one of the greatest risks to worker safety. These safety hazards have been significantly reduced by a new robotic technology designed by Veolia that allows employees to remotely control cleaning.
Veolia’s Boiler Bot℠ technology is remotely controlled by an operator outside the boiler door using an intuitive video control box and proprietary software, eliminating the need to put employees inside the boiler. Touchscreen commands on the monitor allow for real-time changes while the Boiler Bot is operating.
Front and back infrared cameras mounted to the top of the unit provide live video feed from inside the boiler while the Boiler Bot is cleaning, giving the operator the ability to immediately inspect cleaning progress. The tracks are designed to navigate over tubes, debris and both soft and hard ash. The compact unit can move forward and backward and has a turning circle of only two feet. Weighing less than 100 pounds for easy entry through most boiler doors, the Boiler Bot can also handle up to 360 pounds of additional counterweight for high-pressure cleaning of tough ash or staggered tubes.
High-pressure water is sprayed from the 360 degree rotating nozzles attached to the front of the Boiler Bot, and can be controlled to operate in an oscillating mode as well as a single straight jet, eliminating potential refractory removal. The nozzle pitch can also be adjusted to work on staggered tubes or stubborn slag. The Boiler Bot is capable of running 10,000 PSI at 150gpm.
Power plants require access to the safest, most innovative resources to stay online and operating at peak levels. With the track-mounted, compact high-pressure water cleaning Boiler Bot technology, the cleaning of back passes and economizers is safer and highly efficient, saving time and money.
Boiler backpasses and economizers are cleaned safer, faster and more thoroughly than conventional cleaning methods
Keeps people outside of the boiler and away from the dangerous "line of fire"
Two cameras provide a live video feed to the operator, allowing cleaning progress to be managed in real time
Proprietary software system records project histories and can recall cleaning procedures for subsequent projects
Reduces or eliminates confined space entries
Can be used during initial boiler inspections and before project start up
Produces less wastewater compared to conventional cleaning methods
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A recent award by the Washington State Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) marks a very important milestone for Veolia - 14 OSHA VPP STAR certified sites are now up and running in North America. DOSH awarded Veolia’s Vancouver facility with Voluntary Protection Program status (VPP) at its highest level - the Star Award level – recognizing Veolia's achievements toward exemplary occupational safety and health compliance. Read More »