Launched in 2017, PLP Inspection Services is a first-of-its-kind turnkey line inspection solution brought to you by Preformed Line Products. Offering safe UAS data collection, advanced imaging technology, GIS mapping, detailed analysis from experienced industry engineers, and actionable data, PLP Inspection Services has quickly become a leading asset maintenance solution for utilities.
PLP’s solution is backed by the company’s 70+ years of industry knowledge, product research, and internal testing. Throughout the entire inspection process, an on-site industry technician monitors the images in real-time and directs certified drone pilots to potential reliability concerns, ensuring the data collected is accurate and timely. The data is then uploaded to PLP’s secure servers at the company’s global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, where a geographic information specialist maps the results: assigning images to appropriate structures or points-of-interest within the system.
PLP’s in-house, industry-trained inspection engineers then work alongside the company’s knowledgeable subject matter experts to analyze the data. Every primary system component is identified by type and given a ranking so the utility can quickly filter the results, prioritize potential reliability concerns, and set up work orders.
A summary of findings, including a comprehensive set of images, a geodatabase, and an interactive map, is also provided to the utility. For additional information about PLP’s Inspection Services offering, visit preformed.com or stop by booth #4531 at the IEEE PES T&D Expo.