Industrial acoustics with robotics in ATEX zones

Industrial acoustics using robotics in ATEX zones

In industries where explosive atmospheres pose a constant threat, safety and efficiency are paramount. ATEX zones, defined by the presence of explosive atmospheres, require strict adherence to regulations and proactive measures to safeguard personnel and assets. One innovative solution that has gained prominence in recent years is the use of robotics for industrial acoustic inspection. In this blog, we explore the benefits of this cutting-edge approach, as showcased by Sorama, a leader in acoustic imaging technology.

Understanding ATEX Zones

Before diving into the advantages of robotic acoustic inspection, let’s briefly recap what ATEX zones entail. ATEX (Atmosphères Explosibles) is a European directive that governs equipment and protective systems used in potentially explosive atmospheres. These environments are classified into zones, with Zone 0 being the most hazardous and Zone 2 the least.

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ATEX zones appear in many different industries. Sorama’s acoustic imaging technology for ATEX-zones specializes in solution specifically for the energy & utilities, food & beverage and oil & gas markets.

Acoustic testing equipment

Regardless if you are moving combutable gasses or dust, your operations need to be as safe as possible for the environment and in case of human deployment and simultaneous efficient, limiting the loss of resources through leaks or partial discharge.

The right acoustic testing equipment will help you detect, locate, visualize, monitor and measure the exact location of your loss.

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Refinery worker looking at manometer and controlling pressure of natural gas inside pipes.

Robotics & acoustic inspection: best of both worlds

Using the Sorama L642EX Acoustic monitor, you can either fix the device in an ATEX zone for continuous monitoring of a specific area. Alternatively you can integrate the monitor in the payload of your industrial inspection robot, of for instance Avular and ExRobotics. This allows you to implement acoustic inspection in remote and hazardous ATEX-zones.

The Benefits of Robotic Acoustic Inspection

1. Enhanced Safety

Robots excel in ATEX zones because they can perform acoustic inspections without exposing human workers to hazardous environments. Sorama’s innovative acoustic imaging technology equips robots with the ability to detect anomalies in real-time, thereby reducing the risk of accidents.

2. Precision and Consistency

Robotic acoustic inspection offers unparalleled precision and consistency. Robots equipped with advanced sensors, like the ones used by Sorama, can capture detailed acoustic data across large areas. This data can be analyzed to pinpoint issues such as leaks or mechanical malfunctions, ensuring the highest level of safety.

3. Improved Efficiency

Traditionally, manual inspections in ATEX zones are time-consuming and labor-intensive. In contrast, robotic inspections are swift and efficient. This approach minimizes downtime and maximizes productivity, as robots can work around the clock.

4. Real-time Monitoring

Sorama’s technology allows for real-time monitoring, which is crucial in ATEX zones. By identifying issues as they occur, robotic acoustic inspection helps prevent accidents and potential disasters.

5. Data-Driven Decision-Making

Acoustic inspection with robots generates a wealth of data. This data can be analyzed to gain insights into the condition of equipment and machinery. As a result, maintenance can be performed proactively, reducing the likelihood of costly breakdowns.

Sorama: Pioneering Robotic Acoustic Inspection

Sorama is at the forefront of the robotic acoustic inspection revolution. Our cutting-edge technology not only enhances safety and efficiency in ATEX zones but also offers a cost-effective solution. Sorama’s expertise in acoustic imaging technology, implemented on robotic payloads, is rapidly optimizing how industries approach safety and maintenance.


The benefits of robotic acoustic inspection in ATEX zones are substantial. Safety, precision, efficiency, real-time monitoring, and data-driven decision-making are just a few of the advantages. Sorama’s expertise in this field is a testament to the potential of combining robotics and acoustic technology to create safer, more productive industrial environments. If you operate in an ATEX zone, it’s time to explore the possibilities offered by this innovative approach.