As a professional in the Oil & Gas industry, you understand that today’s market offers multiple choices of explosion-proof cameras. These cameras are highly specialized, and the acquisition cost is much greater than a typical outdoor camera. An important consideration is the expense incurred during the lifetime of the explosion-proof camera—which can exceed the original purchase price of the camera. Let’s review some of the advances in technology and design that greatly reduce the total cost of ownership.
Explosion-proof cameras are typically mounted within hazardous areas of a facility, making the physical installation challenging and time-consuming. Cameras that terminate both UTP and fiber connectivity within the camera base provide multiple connectivity options while saving on installation time. Depending on the installation location, explosion-proof junction boxes may not be required. The ability to directly terminate the communication cabling to the explosion-proof camera or utilize a less expensive (e.g. e-rated) junction box saves additional product and installation costs.
Many Oil & Gas facilities are in locations that contain extreme temperatures, high humidity, hurricane force winds, and adjacent to saltwater environments. The construction of the housing must be able to withstand these conditions. A robust 316L billet, stainless steel, electropolished housing ensures a long life in the harshest of environments. To ensure optimal performance and uptime, explosion-proof cameras have a recommended schedule for maintenance. This usually
includes adjusting or replacing the belts which stretch over time as well as other internal components. Explosion-proof cameras which utilize direct motor drives instead of belts greatly reduce scheduled maintenance requirements.
Planned and unplanned downtime is very expensive. A crew to uninstall an explosion-proof camera is normally scheduled within specific maintenance windows. Being as they are heavy and usually mounted in challenging areas, helicopters are sometimes necessary to transport service personnel to mount and unmount explosion-proof cameras. Your corporate compliance requirements will determine whether an immediate replacement explosion-proof camera is necessary, or if they will wait to receive the maintained/repaired unit from the manufacturer.
Disruptions to the site will be minimized and the total cost of ownership will decrease if you select an explosion-proof camera with features that reduce installation costs, necessary maintenance, and planned downtime.