With five decades of experience, Liberty Flare is uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive inspection of your flare system components.
Our clients with state-of-the-art preventive maintenance programs proactively schedule inspections well in advance of planned turnarounds, allowing adequate planning of required work and procurement of replacement parts.
LIBERTY USES BOTH TRADITIONAL AND PROPRIETARY INSPECTION TECHNIQUES TO CATCH SMALL PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY BECOME BIG PROBLEMS.
The inspection techniques we commonly provide include:
- Visual inspection from ground level
- Visual inspection, at height (via ladder, JLG, crane basket, Hi-Lo climber)
- IR camera
- Aerial inspection, using drone and our qualified pilots
- Guy wire inspection (tension check, video crawler, stack plumb)
Our proprietary guy wire climber, ERICTM (the Elevated Robot Inspection Climber) allows for video inspection of guy wires, recorded from a self-sustained climbing device, while also performing cleaning / degreasing of the cable, and maintenance oiling to prevent corrosion and damage.
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In addition, Liberty can self-perform Magnetic Rope Testing to determine corrosion and loss that may not be visual through visible inspection.
Contact us today to schedule your Liberty technician for a state-of-the-art inspection of your entire flare system!
Liberty Flare utilizes drones to conduct aerial imaging inspections of flares and towers, capturing result with high resolution photogrammetry and imaging, to allow documentation of critical conditions, repairs, damage or operating efficiency.
With a distinct advantage of avoiding personnel exposure, drones allow high quality inspections, surveying and mapping of industrial facilities. Our equipment is state-of-the-art, and our pilots are FAA certified and fully insured to meet client and regulatory requirements. Drone inspections can be completed with minimal notice and allow access to challenging areas of your facility. The inspections can generally be completed in less than a day shift, and the data can be processed into a report within days, but can also be reviewed by our clients in real-time with knowledgeable technicians to advise of results or concerns.
In the wake of strong storms, hurricanes and tornadoes, drone inspections can quickly and efficiently assess damage, allowing our clients to avoid potential risks and ensure safe operations.
Contact Liberty today to schedule and complete your aerial inspection.
Industrial Flare operators rely on the expertise of Liberty Flare to help them maximize operational availability of their flares and related systems. Liberty supports our clients by developing preventive maintenance programs and implementing best practices to manage critical path repair and upgrade processes during turnarounds and outages. Our expertise, experienced personnel and sophisticated project planning methods allow us to consistently deliver quality and timely results – every time.
When we begin to work with new clients, our approach is to conduct a Flare Survey, during which we review flare equipment and systems on site, maintenance history and approach, and essential needs for future operations. Our experts will thoroughly review the background information and records, and then visit the flare site to perform a ground-level visual inspection with binoculars.
The Survey includes:
> FLARE/SURVEY SUMMARY
> DISCUSS FLARE EQUIPMENT ON SITE
- Type/design of flare(s)
- Key Components (guy wire, self-supported, derrick, retractables: aircraft lights, thermocouples, ignitors, etc.)
- Original Equipment Manufacturer
- Count and Location of flare systems on site
> MAINTENANCE HISTORY/RECORDS, IF AVAILABLE
> COMMON/CHRONIC OPERATING OR MAINTENANCE ISSUES, PROBLEMS, OPPORTUNITIES
- Lighting (AWLs)
- Nuisance alarms on pilots (wind, rain issues)
- Thermocouple lifespan – fixed vs. retractable thermocouples
- Damage from weather or operating
- Review of customer needs/concerns
> CURRENT CONDITION OF EQUIPMENT
- Ground level visual inspection
- ignition panel conditions (water, insects and critters, corrosion)
- fuel systems (gauges, regulators, valves)
- Combustion equipment
- Air louvers
- Ground conditions (fences, locks, grounds)
- FFGs – Flame Front Generator (gauges, valves, air supply, corrosion, drain valves)
- Guy wire anchors
- Ground level visual inspection
> BINOCULAR INSPECTION AND PICTURES OF VERTICAL COMPONENTS
- Flare stack – body and structure
- Guy wires
- Flare tip (hot spots, physical damage, if visible)
> SURVEY REPORT
- Current condition – summary of findings
- Supporting pictures (with client permission)
After the survey, the Liberty specialist will develop our Survey report, summarizing our findings and providing supporting pictures or diagrams where applicable. We will then verbally discuss next steps and potential opportunities that may include recommended actions, formal inspections and basic preventive maintenance programs.
Guy wires are a crucial component of guyed flares and require frequent inspection to ensure that they are performing to design standards.
Typically, inspections and preventive maintenance can be performed on guy wires at the same time. Liberty recommends that guy wires are visually inspected at least annually, including the following:
- Shackles and turnbuckles
- Fraying and corrosion
- Lubrication and oiling
- Plumb and tension check
Liberty’s proprietary guy wire climber, ERICTM (the Elevated Robot Inspection Climber) allows for video inspection of guy wires, recorded from a self-sustained climbing device, while also performing cleaning / degreasing of the cable, and maintenance oiling to prevent corrosion and damage.
Videos of ERICTM in operation
Liberty Flare, LLC is a specialty contractor providing maintenance, repair, inspection, installation and design services on industrial flares and vent stacks. With over five decades of experience in working at heights, our highly trained team of technicians are dedicated to safety, quality, integrity, and customer satisfaction.