Planys Technologies, an IIT Madras incubated startup pioneering in providing underwater robotic inspection solutions in India, has launched its most advanced remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Mikros.
The ROV, Micros, is poised to offer superior underwater inspection solutions to process industries, petrochemical refineries and desalination plants.
Founded by IIT Madras Alumni and Faculty, Planys envisions to steer a new course in the maintenance and inspection industry with its disruptive innovations in the field of marine robotics, novel underwater NDT methods and post-inspection analytical reporting platform.
Supported under Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd’s (BPCL) start up scheme Project Ankur, Planys developed Mikros with BPCL team’s support and several field learnings. ROV Mikros was launched by BPCL’s Director (Refineries), Shri R. Ramachandran.
Addressing the media during the launch, R. Ramachandran, said: “I believe India’s thriving Start-up ecosystem would contribute significantly to our economy in the coming decade. Start-ups such as Planys have developed various deep technology solutions which are already adding great value to key industrial sectors like Oil and Gas. We wish them all the best.”
Vineet Upadhyay, CTO of Planys Technologies, said: “We are happy to launch Mikros which we can proudly claim as our most advanced indigenously developed mini-ROV today. After understanding the market conditions and gaining experience from earlier products over the last 3 years, we started working on Mikros. We are elated to have developed a customer centric product proposition that will help underwater asset owners take data driven decision and forecast maintenance and repair. Apart from India, we are also focusing on other geographies with Mikros”
Mikros is the next generation mini-observation class portable ROV built with a compact and robust design with latest innovations and cutting-edge technologies. It has a lightweight, rugged and modular frame with extremely efficient thrust to weight ratio that makes it an engineered masterpiece. Mikros has been designed to cater to long tether lengths, having the capabilities of collecting data in very challenging situations like high depths, turbid waters and inside long pipelines used by process industries and desalination plants. These data points and the analytical dashboard built by Planys will help forecast failures and help asset owners plan for maintenance and repairs.
Since Inception, Planys has developed a fleet of 6 ROVs completing over 50+ projects across multiple sectors like Oil and Gas, Ports, Dams, Bridges, Power, Desalination and Process Industries in India. Planys is currently scaling up operations to the Middle East, Europe and South-East Asia. More recently, Planys has also been selected as a scale-up to the PortXL Accelerator program in the Netherlands.
Last year in February, Planys had raised ₹14 crores in Series A round of funding from Kris Gopalakrishnan and other investors including Pratithi Investment Trust, MEMG (Manipal Education and Medical Group) Family Office, and some HNIs including S Gopal, former director of Chemplast Sanmar.
Planys Technologies is fast emerging as a world-leading provider of diagnostics-driven marine robots. Conventional methods of underwater inspection have various limitations in depth, accuracy of data captured and is extremely dangerous for the operator.