By DE Editors
Invensys Operations Management (IOM) says it saved 60 hours, or about 5% in man-hours, in a mechanical upgrade to a steam turbine by using NVision’s Engineering Service Division to capture measurements of valves and other hardware. IOM usually has to spend considerable time field machining upgrade components prior to installation because accurate drawings are not always available.
"NVision’s laser scanning provides highly accurate measurements, reducing engineering time and eliminating the need for field machining," says Michael Montesinos, senior applications engineer for the Turbo Machinery Group of IOM.
IOM, a division of Invensys, is a provider of automation and information technology, systems, software solutions, services and consulting to the global manufacturing and infrastructure industries. Its Turbo Machinery Group provides electromechanical hydraulic upgrades to electrical power generation, oil refining, nuclear, pulp and paper, and chemical plants. Drawings are not usually available for these projects either because they have been lost over time or because the OEM that originally installed the equipment closely guards detailed drawings in an attempt to improve their position as a service provider and OEM.
In the past, designers and engineers had to spend extra time designing the new equipment to account for dimensional uncertainties. After the equipment was built and delivered, measurements had to be taken to determine what adjustments needed to be made to the equipment. The equipment was sent to a local machine shop to make the adjustments. This process needed to be carried out during a turnaround when the plant was shut down for maintenance and improvements. Extending a plant outage beyond the planned timeline typically carries a cost of several hundred thousand dollars in lost generating revenue.
IOM looked into laser scanning in an effort to get accurate measurements from the beginning of the process in order to streamline engineering and potentially eliminate field machining.
In a recent steam turbine upgrade, NVision technicians visited the plant prior to the upgrade to obtain measurements. The technicians moved the NVision HandHeld Scanner around 16 valves to capture their complete geometry. The NVision HandHeld Scanner is mounted on a mechanical arm so it can move freely around any size part.
NVision provided the geometry of the components to IOM in the SolidWorks file format. IOM engineers and designers used these files as a starting point in designing the upgrade. Based on an earlier test, IOM says it expects the new equipment to fit perfectly when it is installed so no field machining is anticipated.
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