In order to facilitate the performance of workers' tasks and reduce the risk of injury, ArcelorMittal Temirtau uses unmanned aerial vehicles. The large drone army of the largest mining and metallurgical enterprise in Kazakhstan has recently been replenished with three more fighters.
Unmanned aerial vehicles make photo and video recording in the visible and infrared spectrum, which makes it possible to inspect objects without contact for production risks. Drones often "inspect" buildings, structures, pipelines and roofs. Previously, this work was done by people.
The project with drones at ArcelorMittal Temirtau JSC was implemented by the engineering group of the technical dispatch department in 2018. The usefulness of the project was appreciated almost immediately. With a well-functioning mechanism of work, the use of drones not only makes it easier to perform tasks, but also makes it completely safe. Within a month, the engineering group receives applications from other workshops with the task of making a flyby. Based on these applications, a flight schedule for the next month is drawn up, and according to the plan, objects are inspected.
Once a quarter, ArcelorMittal Temirtau engineers participate in videoconferences, where, together with other experts from various countries, they discuss the nuances of using and improving work with unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as new areas of their application.
Yevgeny Kuznetsov, Head of the Unit for Distillation of the CTC of ArcelorMittal Temirtau JSC:
“The introduction of drones allows you to inspect objects for damage without entering dangerous areas and hard-to-reach places. There are pipelines that cannot be approached on an aerial platform; the presence of a drone helps out here. In order not to prescribe the work of a whole team of 7 people on the gas pipeline, you can simply film the object and, already sitting at the computer, analyze the production and infrastructure risks. The first drone could only fly for 25 minutes. And the flight time of the drone purchased in 2020 is 50 minutes. In this regard, the new drone allows more flights, with better quality and greater benefits for the plant. ”