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Industrial Services Ropes Team Turns "No Way" Into Project Success
8 day window for the replacement of 2 wear plates in coke chutes for an Athabasca Oil Sands client just north of Fort McMurray.
Project plan was to weld multiple sheets of AR 400 wear plate together on the ground to form a 13 meter by 3 meter pie-shaped plate and lift it in position as a whole. The plate was then welded into position following welding procedures and an inspection and test plan developed in-house by Acuren engineers.
The 20,000 lb plate was lifted into place with a 110 ton crane in conjunction with IRATA certified rope technicians. Welding done via ropes by welders with IRATA certifications.
What IS “access optimization”?
We have spent years developing access optimization techniques that provide operators with options beyond the traditional methods of completing work at height such as scaffold and swing stages.
Utilizing rope access methods consistently saves 60% or more over traditional scaffold methods, reduces the number of days to complete the work, with less exposure and less risk.
Richarson Oilseed is one of Canada’s oldest and largest fully-integrated crushing, refining, processing and packaging operations. In the absence of timely manufacturer support for a critical equipment issue, the full time onsite Acuren Condition Monitoring Specialist was able to diagnose and provide a detailed correction path on a defective trunion bearing. This included a complete pinion alignment within a planned outage window resulting in eliminating an unplanned outage with minimal equipment down time. Left undiagnosed, this would have resulted in a critical system failure, an unplanned outage, collateral damage and significant costs.
“Acuren’s early detection of the trunnion bearing fault was another win for us. It had allowed us to properly plan the bearing replacement. Not only did we avoid the cost of an emergency repair and production down time, we also avoided additional damage that would have resulted from a catastrophic failure. This is not only a success for Acuren but for all those in the vibration analysis industry given Acuren’s willingness to share their knowledge with regard to this low speed bearing failure.”
Richard Pfeifer, Maintenance Planner at Richardson Oilseed
Irving Wallboard is a highly automated, 300,000 square foot manufacturing facility that provides a broad range of gypsum wallboard products for use in the construction industry. This Saint John facility is one of the newest and most modern wallboard manufacturing facilities in North America. Acuren provides monthly Condition Based Monitoring services, whereby CBM Specialists will visit the plant to collect, measure and analyze vibration data on 100 of their assets. This monthly monitoring uncovered a bearing fault that would have remained undetected until a costly failure occurred. This discovery enabled Irving Wallboard to plan a shutdown and repair.
“We changed a motor as recommended from last month’s inspection which indicated obvious bearing faults. The motor was on our kiln and behind a guard off of the catwalk where it would be hard to detect by any other means. If this was not detected during your regular inspection we would have had to go down for a lengthy period as well as possibly lost a kiln full of product. Keep up the good work - it is paying us dividends.” Jeremy Fader, Maintenance Supervisor at Irving Wallboard