NOV and SIFCO ASC Partner for Successful Completion of Unscheduled Repair
SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), the world leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions, worked together with the world leader in oilfield products and services, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) to repair critical damage caused by lightning strike on the Ensco 8505 drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico within 24 hours of arrival on site, preventing costly unplanned downtime.
Significant damage was caused to the crown mounted compensator (CMC) cylinder when lightning struck the rig. The CMC is a device used to apply a constant tension to the drill string and compensate for any rig movement. The impact of the lightning strike caused a substantial gouge, the size of a coin, on the CMC cylinder. Without immediate repairs the damage would cause the cylinder seals to leak, resulting in hydraulic fluid loss and the threat of significant lost production.
The Ensco 8505 is one of many oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and the sixth of seven rigs in the ENSCO 8500 Series®. In the second quarter of 2011, these rigs had virtually no downtime and achieved 99 percent utilisation as well as being ranked number one in overall customer satisfaction in deep-water drilling by Energy Pointi, an independent survey firm. The company therefore required a speedy solution which would maintain its high operational standards within the industry.
To remove the damaged CMC cylinder from the platform and replace it would be extremely costly, and result in significant downtime, with every hour costing the platform operator thousands of dollars in lost production. NOV and SIFCO ASC came together to solve this problem.
A distinctive solution
The solution was found in SIFCO ASC’s plating process, using SIFCO’s AeroNikl® 7280 for corrosion protection, and Cobalt 2043 to cap the repair for hardness to protect against surface wear. The SIFCO Process® is unique to the company and involves a portable method of electroplating localised areas without the use of an immersion tank. The SIFCO Process® is highly regarded in the oil and gas industry and used on many OEM and repair applications, particularly as components can be plated in-situ and on-site, which ultimately saves time in maintenance, repairs and unplanned downtime.
When undertaking the repair work, two SIFCO ASC technicians were situated near the top of the derrick, 450ft in the air, to perform the repair. It took them a total of 24 hours to complete the work and return the platform to full operation, as opposed to three months to replace the shaft.
Jimmy Clark, structural service manager from NOV said: “When rigs are down it can cost as much as $489K a day in losses, which is why it was important that we sourced a solution that could be completed in as little time as possible, producing outstanding results that would keep the CMC cylinder protected from further damage.”
SIFCO ASC’s experienced, skilled and qualified workforce applies all deposits in strict adherence to the specifications and quality assurance requirements demanded by its customers. They inspect and ensure that their work complies with industry standards as insisted by customers in the oil and gas sector. The SIFCO ASC technicians on this project hold annual certifications to work on oil platforms, which allows for their speedy deployment to site.
Five times the result
The final result was extremely successful. The repaired cylinder was dimensionally accurate to .001” tolerance as compared to the .005” tolerance originally requested by NOV.
This section of the CMC cylinder will be better protected from corrosion and, in offshore oilfields, metal structures and components are under constant attack from a variety of sources. Although corrosion will initially be uniform across the surface area of the metal, in time it will accelerate into any small crevices. Without SIFCO ASC’s AeroNikl® 7280 this could have ultimately progressed into cracks in the metal, which could have been accelerated by tensile stress, resulting in stress corrosion. According to the “United States Cost of Corrosion Study”, produced by NACE International, one of the world’s leading authorities on corrosion engineering and control, corrosion costs the US oil and gas exploration and production industry $1.4 billion a year.
Similar projects include the repair of the Hydraulic Balance Cylinder on the Transocean Development Driller 1. SIFCO ASC is prepared to help the industry mitigate the threat of corrosion and meet the key challenges of extending equipment life while reducing downtime and reducing operating costs.
Lee Shelton, Managing Director, SIFCO ASC said: “When production halts due to the damage of critical components that are not easily repaired, time is of the essence to reduce the shutdown period to a minimum. Our aim was to restore confidence in the performance and reliability of Ensco 8505’s process operations, and I’m delighted the SIFCO Process® has had a positive impact on its operational performance and profitability.”
NOV provides comprehensive drilling solutions that include technically advanced, field-proven equipment integrated into systems that increase drilling efficiency, enhance Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) programs, and maximizes customers’ life cycle economics. It has an ability to design, manufacture, install, commission, and provide aftermarket service for a wide variety of drilling systems and equipment. It has worked with SIFCO ASC since 2009 which has over 50 years’ experience serving the oil and gas market globally, providing a complete range of selective plating solutions combined with industry leading technical support and application advice.
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Exclusive ‘SIFCO Process®’ to be showcased at Advanced Engineering show
Engineers from across UK industry will be able to discover the benefits of the renowned approach to selective brush plating developed by global leading supplier, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) at Advanced Engineering this November.
SIFCO ASC, part of Norman Hay plc, returns to one of UK industry’s most important engineering and technology exhibitions for its third year.
‘The SIFCO Process®’ is the leading portable method of electroplating localised areas without the use of an immersion tank, and is primarily used for enhancing surfaces on Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) components, permanent repairs and salvaging mis-machined parts.
SIFCO ASC surface enhancement technologies and selective plating services have been utilised for more than 50 years on both OEM components and on parts requiring refurbishment in the aerospace, oil and gas, general industry, and power generation sectors.
This will be the first year the company has exhibited under its new brand identity which was launched earlier this year. Visitors to the stand will be able to familiarise themselves with the new identity reflecting the company’s commitment to developing new solutions for selective plating processes and materials.
Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the event in Birmingham this Autumn. They will be able to get to grips with the benefits of using the selective plating process and understand various aspects such as how components can be plated in-situ, how parts too large to tank plate can be processed, and how the process can be performed conveniently on site.
Mark Smith, European General Manager of SIFCO ASC, says: “Advanced Engineering is a highlight of the SIFCO ASC calendar and we look forward to demonstrating to the industry how our processes are cost effective, simple to deliver and can reduce machine downtime and production delays, as well as offering a host of other benefits.”
You can visit SIFCO ASC in Hall 5, Stand D60
Register for Advanced Engineering here: www.advancedengineeringuk.com
Notes to editors
SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts provide practical, cost-effective selective brush plating solutions to improve part performance and reduce manufacturing costs through corrosion protection, increased wear resistance, increased hardness, improved conductivity, anti-galling or slip. SIFCO ASC surface enhancement technologies and brush plating services have been utilised for over 50 years on both OEM components and on parts requiring refurbishment in the aerospace, oil and gas, general industry and power generation sectors.
SIFCO ASC is part of Norman Hay plc.
About Norman Hay plc
Norman Hay plc is a global chemicals, sealants, surface coatings and engineering group with over 60 years trading history. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, the group operates four main divisions: Ultraseal, the market leader in impregnation chemicals and process equipment; Surface Technology, specialists in the development and application of surface treatments with well-known brands including Armourcote and ACI; SIFCO ASC, global leaders in selective plating; NHE, manufacturing bespoke process plant and equipment.
SIFCO ASC Achieves Nadcap Approval to AC7108 for Chemical Processing
SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), a world leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions has achieved accreditation for chemical processing to AC7108 for the aerospace sector.
This Nadcap (National Aerospace and Defence Contractors Accreditation Program) accreditation has been expanded to include testing in support of our internal processes such as Hydrogen Embrittlement, Salt Spray, Taber Testing, Coating Weight and Coating Thickness. This will give customers the opportunity to gain certified testing as required by industry specifications that fall under the supporting processes of AC7108 only.
The Cleveland, Ohio facility of SIFCO ASC has met the stringent requirements of the Nadcap accreditation, which allows them to be featured on the Qualified Manufacturers List (QML).
Lee Shelton, Group Managing Director of SIFCO ASC, said “We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this accreditation from Nadcap, as it is recognised within the industry as a leading standard. To be awarded this title is testament to our dedication to continuing to develop as a business and offer our customers the very best in products and solutions.”
SIFCO ASC Launches New Brand Identity and Website
SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), a world leading innovator of selective brush plating technology and solutions, has launched a new corporate identity and website showcasing the full range of its industry-leading products and services for component enhancement, repair and refurbishment.
The new identity reflects the company’s commitment to developing new solutions for selective plating processes and materials, working closely with customers and partners and integrating with parent company, Norman Hay plc.
Lee Shelton, Group Managing Director of SIFCO ASC, explains: “The SIFCO ASC brand is synonymous with selective brush plating and, while our core values of offering industry-leading products, service and technical support to our customers remains unchanged, we needed a fresher, cleaner image, in line with our confident new business growth strategy.”
SIFCO ASC offers innovative engineered deposits and world-class selective plating equipment to meet customers’ business needs and this has been reflected in a new tagline – “Advancing Selective Plating Technology”, to reflect the resource we devote to research and development.
We have designed the new website and branding to make it easier for visitors to clearly navigate through the company’s total product and service offering. Presenting strong visual impact throughout, the site is divided into industry-specific areas and provides sections detailing specific product options and applications, and associated services such as training.
“After becoming part of chemical and surface coating specialist, Norman Hay plc, it was also important that our new identity both echoed the family branding style and visualised the SIFCO Process®. We have done this by utilising the core colours of green and grey – grey as a metal substrate and green representing SIFCO Process® solutions. Green also represents the environmental advantages of our process and the initiatives we are undertaking to seek alternatives to hazardous chemicals and processing waste.”
SIFCO ASC to Showcase Selective Plating Solution at Offshore Europe 2013
World leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), is attending this year’s Offshore Europe event at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in Aberdeen, UK, from 3rd – 6th September (Stand 2C29).
SIFCO ASC, part of Norman Hay plc, is a world leader in selective plating, with extensive experience repairing equipment and enhancing OEM components within the Oil & Gas industry, including the selective plating of copper onto premium threaded connections and onsite repair of offshore platform components.
The SPE Offshore Europe conference and exhibition attracts a global audience of more than 30,000 engineers, technical specialists and industry leaders. This year’s show follows the theme ‘The Next 50 Years’, to celebrate the continuing growth of the oil and gas industry and planning for the future.
Mark Smith, European General Manager for SIFCO ASC, comments: “Offshore Europe is a prestigious event and we are looking forward to showcasing our unique selective plating technology, also known as ‘The SIFCO Process’ with delegates, especially in line with the theme of future-proofing operations.
“We will be exhibiting with our sister company, Surface Technology, a global supplier of specialist engineering coatings for the oil and gas industry. Surface Technology has more than 40 years’ experience in the development and application of high performance surface treatments for a wide variety of applications, particularly within the oil and gas sectors in the UK and internationally.
“Our technical experts will be on hand throughout the exhibition to offer advice on specific industry issues, such as protection against corrosion, porosity wear and friction, as well as guidance on how to select the best solution for specific applications. Selecting the right surface treatment can have a significant impact on extending equipment life and can improve processes, reduce downtime and, in turn, operating costs, which is crucial when planning for the future.”
For further information on SIFCO ASC, visit www.sifcoasc.com and for details on Surface Technology, visit www.surfacetechnology.co.uk/. For details and to register for free entry to Offshore Europe, visit www.offshore-europe.co.uk.
SIFCO ASC Heads to Vienna for Power-Gen Europe
World leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions, SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), will showcase its unique offering at this year’s POWER-GEN Europe Conference to be held at the Messe Wien Exhibition and Conference Centre in Vienna, from 4-6 June 2013 (Stand A822).
Part of global engineering group Norman Hay Plc, and the originator of the renowned SIFCO process which offers significant speed advantages when compared with tank plating, SIFCO ASC is a partner to the world’s leading players in the power generation industry, including Alstom and Rolls Royce.
Typical applications for SIFCO ASC in the sector include the silver plating of palm assemblies, damper windings, copper wedges and strips, and the coating of shafts and engine components.
Now a well-established event in the European and International power diary, POWER-GEN Europe takes place in Vienna, Austria for the first time in 2013 alongside its Renewable Energy World Europe, with the theme of ‘Keeping Europe’s Power Flowing’.
With its biggest tradeshow floor yet, the combined events will feature top international power industry companies from across the conventional and renewable sectors, demonstrating state of the art services and technologies covering every aspect of electrical power generation.
Mark Smith, European general manager for SIFCO ASC, comments: “POWER-GEN Europe is a prestigious event within the sector and we are looking forward to showcasing our unique surface enhancement technologies and services for both OEM components and parts requiring refurbishment. With more than 50 years of experience, we can offer our customers world class capabilities and application development support, no matter where they are located, backed by the global expertise of the Norman Hay Group.”
For more information on SIFCO ASC, visit www.sifcoasc.com. To register for POWER-GEN
Europe, visit www.powergeneurope.com
SIFCO ASC Achieves ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard
SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC), a world leading supplier of selective plating technology and solutions, has achieved the internationally recognised ISO 14001 environmental management standard.
The ISO 14001 standard addresses various aspects of environmental management and recognises companies that are seen to identify and control their environmental impact across a variety of areas.
Part of Norman Hay Plc, SIFCO ASC has met the strict criteria of the standard by taking measures to reduce energy consumption at its UK site in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Savings have been generated by reductions in fuel consumption, by switching to low emission vehicles, increasing recycling and reuse of packaging, plus saving paper and ink usage by moving a high volume of print processes online through implementation of SAGE business software.
Mark Smith, European general manager for SIFCO ASC, explains: “An audit of our environmental management 18 months ago revealed that we had already made several positive changes that had an impact on our energy usage, such as using low energy lightbulbs, recycling and reusing packaging and ensuring that all electrical equipment was turned off at the end of every day. We were impressed with the results and wanted to demonstrate that it is possible to make a big difference to energy consumption by making relatively simple changes. Since the audit we have made additional changes to the way we operate, which has led to SIFCO ASC being awarded the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management.”
“We are thrilled to be recognised for our efforts and it is testament to our commitment to improving the efficiency of our operations and the wider focus on our environmental credentials. Given that we work a lot with chemicals, we felt as a business that it was extremely important that we recognise our responsibility to the environment. We plan to continue to demonstrate our dedication to environmental management, with the aim of reducing our energy consumption even more, and we are also looking at ways to further reduce wet waste from our chemical processes as part of an ongoing improvement programme.”
SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts provide practical, cost-effective selective plating solutions to improve part performance and reduce manufacturing costs through corrosion protection, increased wear resistance, increased hardness, improved conductivity, anti-galling or slip. SIFCO ASC surface enhancement technologies and selective plating services have been utilised for over 50 years on both OEM components and on parts requiring refurbishment in the aerospace, oil and gas, general industry and power generation sectors.
NEW! Classic Power Packs added to product line
Cleveland, Ohio, March 20, 2013 — SIFCO ASC introduces The Classic Power Pack to the product line.
Technology used in plating rectifiers, known as “Power Packs”, has improved significantly over the years.
SIFCO ASC introduces an economical line of power packs known as The Classic Series.
The Classic Power Packs feature rapid adjustment dials for voltage and amperage changes, as well as a three position switch to change the polarity. The lightweight, portable units are equipped with a digital display for quick and accurate control. They are manufactured using high quality components and have 2 year manufacturer’s warranty. The Classic Power Packs are available in 15, 30, and 60 amps models and either 115V or 230V configurations.
SIFCO ASC achieved Nadcap accreditation for Chemical Processing
Independence, Ohio, January 18, 2013 — SIFCO has received the Nadcap accreditation for Chemical Processing. Nadcap also recognizes SIFCO ASC for its commitment to continual improvement in aerospace quality.
Quality Manager, Lillian Smereczynsky, and the SIFCO ASC team achieved the stringent requirements of Nadcap accreditation. SIFCO ASC received Nadcap accreditation for demonstrating their ongoing commitment to quality by satisfying customer requirements and industry specifications.
“Achieving Nadcap accreditation is not easy: it is one of the ways in which the aerospace industry identifies those who excel at manufacturing quality product through superior special processes. SIFCO ASC worked hard to obtain this status and they should be justifiably proud of it,” said Joe Pinto, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute. “PRI is proud to support continual improvement in the aerospace industry by helping companies such as SIFCO ASC be successful and we look forward to continuing to assist the industry moving forward.”
Created in 1990 by SAE Inc., Nadcap is administered by the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute. PRI exists to advance the interests of the mobility and related industries through development of performance standards and administration of quality assurance, accreditation, and certification programs as well as related activities for the benefit of industry, government, and the general public. PRI works closely with industry to understand their emerging needs and offers customized solutions in response. Learn more at www.pri-network.org or contact PRI at PRINadcap@sae.org.