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EM&I: protecting intellectual property

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EM&I – the international asset integrity specialists – have always been innovating throughout the 35 years they've been in the asset integrity business, and always file patents to protect their new technologies. They founded IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association), and numerous other innovations for the offshore oil and gas industry, including introducing digital radiography, etc., and have expanded throughout the world to offer a local service with global support.

More recently the company has been leading the JIP (Joint Industry Project) for HITS (Hull Inspection Techniques & Strategy) on behalf of the FPSO Research Forum, which has produced a number 'industry driven' innovations, including the 'ODIN®' diverless UWILD (Under Water Inspection in Lieu of Drydocking), and 'NoMan®' remote camera technologies for tanks, pressure vessels, and confined space inspections.

These new methods have required considerable development, which has been monitored closely by the major class societies, who have attended worldwide demonstrations, including a recent FPSO international forum event at EM&I's Technology Centre in Cumbria before approving them.

Danny Constantinis (Executive Chairman) of EM&I commented: "There are several more innovations in the pipeline, which focus on robotic and digital solutions, and our policy is to protect such intellectual property with patent applications. This benefits our industry by encouraging businesses to invest in new technologies, with the knowledge that they can recover their R&D costs.

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