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Robotic Sludge Removal



Micro-dredging was developed by us to remove sludge from industrial water tanks while the tank remains in service.  Unlike conventional methods like using vacuum trucks or divers, micro-dredging allows the tank to continue operating and does not require manned entry into the tank, which of course comes with substantial safety benefits.  To learn more about micro-dredging and how it can help your company, click the button below. 

  • cooling tower basins
  • scale pits
  • raw water tanks
  • fire water tanks
  • waste water tanks
  • retention basins
  • storm water tanks
  • storage water tanks
  • demineralized tanks
  • chemical tanks
  • clarifiers
  • paint pits
  • reservoirs
  • potable water tanks
  • holding basins
  • storm water ponds
  • food processing tanks
  • ponds
  • process water tanks
  • clear wells
  • retention ponds
  • and many more

Inspection Services

We offer various inspection services that fit a multitude of needs.  All of our inspection services are performed while facilities remain in full operation and do not require confined space entry.  Click the button below to learn all about the unique ways that companies all over the world are using our robotic inspection services to avoid unnecessary outages.

Visual Inspection

Visually inspect the inside of a tank without taking it out of service.  Video recording and report provided.

Sludge Mapping

Using sonar technology, we can create a representation of how sediment is distributed throughout the tank.

Ultrasonic Thickness Data Collection

Useful for API and NFPA inspection certifications.

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We employ bright-minded engineers and fabricators who are motivated by curiosity and have a passion for problem solving.  Equipped with a full CNC machine shop, 3D print lab, and testing environments, our facility provides all of the tools necessary for our team to turn the impossible into reality.

Motivated by curiosity and a passion for problem solving, our engineers can help you keep your facility in full operation.

Before taking your tank, cooling tower or basin out of service to diagnose or fix issues, give us a call to see if we can solve your problem without having to take you offline. 


Frequently Asked Questions

This section provides answers to some of our most frequently asked questions however, we’d love the opportunity to speak with you directly.  Please contact us directly for more information or to discuss your project.  

What types of tanks does Sciphyn service?

Due to the customization options and versatility of our robotic equipment, we are capable of cleaning virtually any industrial tank, basin, cooling tower, reservoir, or water holding structure with a minimum hatch size of 23 inches.  Our engineers are capable of fabricating robots for almost any application, so if you have a tank or holding container that isn’t listed, contact us to discuss the potential for robotic applications.


Please note that Sciphyn does NOT service aquarium tanks, septic tanks, or oil tanks.  Additionally, we are unable to clean in areas where explosive materials are present.

Is Micro-Dredging environmentally friendly?

It certainly can be.  Because the DredgeBots can work in areas with chemicals or obstacles that would be dangerous to humans, there isn’t a need to drain or replace these substances.  Additionally, our proprietary water remediation methods allows the filtered liquid content to be recycled back into the tank.  This, paired with our dewatering process results in the need to only dispose of mostly dry waste which is significantly better for the environment than liquid waste (its also significantly less expensive to dispose of than liquid waste)

Does Micro-Dredging create turbidity?

No.  The DredgeBots are designed to efficiently cut through sediment without causing turbidity.  An onboard pump provides constant suction during the MicroDredging process, meaning surrounding water will not be disturbed.  

How do the DredgeBots maneuver around obstacles inside of a tank?

The DredgeBots are equipped with high definition cameras and variable intensity lights to combat low visibility.  While viewing a live feed, the technician uses a remote control to navigate the robot throughout the tank and around any obstacles or debris.  

In cases of reduced visibility due to poor water quality, our technicians will rely on blueprints and schematics to navigate the DredgeBot through the tank. 

Has a DredgeBot ever become stuck inside of a tank?

There have been instances where the DredgeBot has been hung up on excessive debris or unanticipated tank structure, however, it has never caused any damage or significant delays in a project.  It is very important for customers to either provide accurate blue prints or purchase one of our inspection services prior to a MicroDredging project so that we can identify potential obstacles.  Regardless, if a DredgeBot becomes hung up while inside the tank, our technicians are trained in proper retreival techniques.    

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