Pilsner Urquell, the company behind one of the world's most popular beers, completes an inspection that takes three weeks to complete and means the 60,000 bottles per hour production facility must be shut down.
This meant that the company would be under a tremendous amount of stress as it tried to keep up with demand and ensure production began again without any issues.
Every ten years, building regulations require the ceiling of the production facility to be inspected, meaning all 30,000 square meters of the ceiling must be checked. The job is made harder due to the amount of equipment and parts hanging from the ceiling.
The inspection is commonly done with a team of five who climb up onto the ceiling and manually check the whole thing. Not only is this very time consuming it is also a hazardous task and requires a safety net to be hung underneath, adding to the overall time as well.
The team at Drony SITMP and the building inspector showed up at the facility to use the drone to complete the inspection. The inspector guided the pilot to areas of interest. The Flyability Elios 2 was able to fly through the facility, flying for 4-5 hours every day for a total of 12 days, reducing the inspection time and allowing the plant to produce 60,000 bottles per day.
Estimated figures based on the average salary in the area shows that the company has saved over $6,000 in staffing costs, which doesn't sound like a lot. The significant savings come from the production being able to continue during the process. The exact figure for these savings isn't known. The Elios 2 also allowed the inspector to reach inaccessible areas with ease, allowing for a more thorough inspection.