Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Switzerland-based testing and certification firm SGS to deploy and commercialise its real-time software and sensor-based Predictive Corrosion Management (PCM) solution.

The new PCM solution will use Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to allow monitoring of oil and gas assets, as well as associated facilities.

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It will use real-time data procured by BHGE’s ultrasonic sensing technology and advanced analytics to identify and predict any corrosion issues at the assets.

SGS North America chief operating officer François Marti said: “This partnership with BHGE will enable SGS to broaden its asset integrity service offering with advanced digital inspection solutions that will greatly benefit our oil and gas clients.”

The corrosion management solution utilises the Rightrax PM ultrasonic sensors placed on various equipment including pipes, tanks, and vessels to determine wall thickness and generate temperature measurements. It applies advanced analytics to assess the data in real-time.

“This agreement will play a key role in improving safety, reducing equipment downtime, and improving operations for our customers globally.”

The deployment of the PCM solution is expected to eliminate the need for conventional data gathering processes that involve manual, lengthy and risky manual inspections.

BHGE Inspection Technologies CEO Holger Laubenthal said: “PCM is one of our core offerings to help customers make the invisible, visible.

“We are looking forward to working with SGS to accelerate deployment of PCM, a predictive digital solution that is becoming a benchmark for corrosion monitoring across several industries.

“This agreement will play a key role in improving safety, reducing equipment downtime, and improving operations for our customers globally.”

Besides oil and gas industry, the solution is expected to help any other industry affected with corrosion-related challenges.