Koch Engineered Solutions (KES) has formed a strategic collaboration with autonomous inspection and monitoring solution provider Percepto to assist its industrial customers in identifying key opportunities to control and reduce emissions with AI software delivered by Percepto’s drone-in-a-box solution.
KES subsidiary Koch Specialty Plant Services (KSPS), on-site vessel fabrication and process critical equipment installation and plant services provider, is offering Percepto’s portfolio of Percepto Air Max and Percepto Air Max OGI drones to a range of industrial facilities. This offering will be packaged as a turnkey solution to customers as KSPS Aerial Inspection Solutions Powered by Percepto.
According to Percepto, its Air Max OGI is the only drone-in-a-box solution with an integrated optical gas imaging camera to enable operators to save time and resources by conducting remote high-frequency, high-quality visual and thermal inspections that can detect failures and visible leaks with AI-powered change detection.
As a Koch Disruptive Technologies portfolio company, Percepto has deployed similar technology at Koch Fertilizer in Enid, Oklahoma – an example of how Koch Labs’ capability approach allows startups and business partners to develop and test their technology in real-world environments.
“Percepto’s technology has helped Koch company employees better assess risk, improve safety, reduce costs and truly transform their roles. With more industrial customers looking to improve their emissions controls and regulatory compliance, Percepto’s solutions are a key differentiator in this field,” said Tom Concienne, President, KSPS. “Consistent with Koch’s stewardship vision to responsibly create more value while consuming fewer resources, we continuously seek new ways to apply new technologies to monitor and reduce emissions and believe we can help our customers do just that.”
Percepto’s Autonomous Inspection & Monitoring (AIM) software provides customers with AI-powered reports of anomalies and trends. This data allows for effective collaboration between stakeholders, utilizing Percepto’s software to view such trends via geotag on a map. This technology provided one US refinery customer with approximately $15 million in savings, for just one month of autonomous OGI inspections.
Additionally, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Percepto a nationwide waiver for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations, empowering US-based Percepto customers whose sites comply with the waiver’s criteria to utilize remotely operated drones. As a result, industrial customers benefit from automated drone inspection and monitoring, without waiting for site-specific FAA approvals.
“Industrial customers using Percepto software have been able to minimize downtime, streamline compliance, reduce operational costs, optimize LiDAR, speed up response time and critically, improve safety while monitoring and finding ways to reduce their emissions,” said Ariel Avitan, Chief Commercial Officer, Percepto. “We’re excited to lead the revolution of unmanned inspections that helps industrial facilities optimize their operations and reach their ESG goals, and this partnership with KES is a tremendous next step.”