InspecTools, Inc. announced a strategic partnership with wind energy industry leader Vestas. Vestas has selected InspecTools’ drone inspection systems for wind turbine blades for inclusion in their BladeCare service package in North America, and the companies will work together to deploy this novel inspection method.
Vestas is the global provider in wind turbine manufacturing and maintenance services, and InspecTools is a rapidly-growing provider of innovative inspection systems utilizing drones and other means of acquiring utility asset condition data. Once collected, condition data is processed and analyzed by InspecTools software, and findings are delivered to field personnel in support of their asset maintenance activities.
While there has been a lot of discussion regarding using drones to inspect wind turbine blades, this partnership marks the first major commitment of a market leader to the method. It also confirms InspecTools’ leading position in the market for drone inspection systems.
“Vestas is the leading manufacturer and service provider in the wind industry and InspecTools is the leading developer of drone inspection systems for wind turbine blades – partnering for the benefit of Vestas’ customers just made sense. Our partnership will allow InspecTools and Vestas to immediately launch commercial-scale drone inspection operations,” says Chris Bley, InspecTools’ CEO.
“Vestas is at the forefront of the wind technology and service business, and we are always looking for innovative ways to help our customers realize the full potential of their assets.” says Peter Wells, Vice President, Service, Vestas, “InspecTools’ technology is operationally ready and commercially scalable which means we can offer our customers safer, faster, and more effective blade inspections immediately.”