Phillips 66 has patented a method and apparatus for safely launching and recovering a remote inspection device in a liquid storage tank. The system involves creating a foam layer to isolate the launch space, purging hazardous vapors with inert gas, and re-coating the liquid surface with foam after inspection. GlobalData’s report on Phillips 66 gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Phillips 66, Microscale biofuel reactors was a key innovation area identified from patents. Phillips 66's grant share as of February 2024 was 57%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Apparatus for launching and recovering remote inspection device in tanks

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Phillips 66

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11925824B2) discloses an innovative apparatus designed for the inspection of storage vessels. The apparatus includes a chamber body with one or more sidewalls and a lid, a closure opposite the lid, a gas injection port for delivering inert gas, and a lifting system for transporting an inspection device through the closure. Additional features include device guides for positioning the inspection device, a pressure relief port to maintain gas pressure, a wash port for cleaning fluids, and a transport system for vertical and horizontal movement of the chamber body.

Furthermore, the patent describes an inspection device launching system that can be attached to a storage vessel opening. This system includes a chamber body, a closure with a gate valve, a storage vessel adapter, gas injection port, and a lifting system for moving the inspection device. The storage vessel adapter features a bolt pattern or latch for secure attachment, fluid ports for gas exchange, and a seal for hermetic sealing. The apparatus is versatile, allowing tethered or tetherless inspection of storage vessels and ensuring efficient and thorough examination of the vessel's interior.

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