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Micro Dredging with Sciphyn Robotics
Sciphyn offers an extremely effective robotic process to clean & inspect industrial and municipal water vessels (cooling towers, pits, basins, ponds, process water, fire water, potable water, etc.) all while your unit/facility remains in-service, in full operation, with no outages. We provide cleaning, sediment mapping, visual inspections, and UT data collection services.

Who is Sciphyn?

Our ROVís reduce water waste and help save lives. Billions of gallons of potable and chemicalized water are wasted each year for tank cleanings and the inspection process. According to OSHA, confined space entry deaths have increased 74% since 2000 reaching a high of 174 deaths in 2018. We increase safety by mitigating or removing confined space entry. We also increase productivity and cost savings by keeping the vessel in-service and can typically return the cleaned water back into the system which eliminates water waste and the need for re-chemicalization. We have proven success saving water and lives with underwater applications and are continuing to adapt and innovate our robotic product for use in other environments. We currently serve a wide variety of industries including steel production, oil and gas, petrochemicals, nuclear energy, automotive manufacturing, food processing, and paper mills, however our services can be adapted to meet the needs of almost any vertical with facilities that contain water tanks.

Our purpose is to disrupt an outdated industry standard that is not eco-friendly and continues to put human lives at risk. The Sciphyn mission is to become the new industry standard across the world.

What is Micro-dredging?

In 2010, we introduced our new methodology to the industrial tank cleaning industry and itís purposefully becoming the new industry standard. This innovative method relies on remotely operated vehicles (ROVís) to clean tanks by utilizing water in the basins, leaving them completely operational. Inspired by pool cleaners, these ROVís drive along the bottom of the tank breaking up material while pumping out wet material. These ROVís have proven effective in industrial plants on multiple types of containments, and they continue to evolve to fit into any water-based system. The ROVís are lowered into full, completely operational tanks. An auger helps gently break up material while the on-board pump pulls material out of the tank with little to no turbidity. The mix of water and material is sent to filtration boxes, which hold the solid materials and drain the water. The filtered water can then be pumped back into the tank, resulting in clean water moving back into the system. The water is not wasted, and shutdowns are not required.

Why Utilize Micro-dredging?

Safety. Efficiency. Cost Savings. Water conservation.

One of the most neglected aspects at any plant is water vessel maintenance. Maintenance procedures meant to extend the life of a water vessels are often neglected, put on-hold, or ignored waiting for a turn-around. Water systems such as, firewater tanks, cooling towers, and process water basins, are more often ignored because their need to stay in-service. Historically, frequent cleaning and inspections are often delayed because they are process disruptive. However, sediment build-up reduces the functionality of the unit and because it happens over time, the decreases typically go unnoticed. As material collects, the tanks and basins become less efficient. Firewater tanks are not as full as they should be to protect against the various fire hazards because theyíre half-full of sediment. Cooling towers do not run at full capacity when the water in the basin is reduced by substantial sediment. Process water basins will not efficiently operate or provide for their related processes when storage space has been significantly reduced by the coagulated sludge covering the bottom quarter of the basin. Traditional cleaning methods for water-based systems involve lengthy turnarounds, dangerous methods, and higher unrealized costs. How much does it cost to build a new pond? New bypass system? Replace a tank?

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