E.ON Grain Apprentice Completes 18 Week Industrial Placement at Pump Group

April saw Pump Group bid a fond farewell to Jack Thurlow, an engineering apprentice normally based out of EON Grain Power Station, Kent. Since November Jack has been seconded to Pump Supply & Repair Group for a work experience placement in pump engineering and to gain valuable rotating equipment knowledge. Jack started off working in the Disassembly Department, stripping and inspecting units to ascertain cause of failure. Following this he progressed to working in the Fitting Dept, shadowing experienced engineers as they assembled a wide range of pumps and other rotating equipment including: Liquid Ring Vacuum, Multistage, Split Case & Centrifugal Pumps. Jack also spent time within  the Performance Test Cell where he assisted in setting up and LASER aligning numerous pumps repaired in our workshop both surface mounted in addition to submersible units. This allowed him to witness how they are performance tested using thermodynamic test methods with the results compared against OEM test curves to ensure repaired units had achieved the performance targets criteria set. (See our Performance Test Cell page for more detail) Whilst at Pump Group Jack also undertook several training initiatives and has received certification in: – NSK Bearing Care & Maintenance – Grundfos Ecademy Pump Training – JA Harrisons in-house gasket training – Manual Handling & Slinging training “Jack is both very bright and quite motivated. He is a quick learner and has shown the ability to digest large volumes of information. Jack has become a well-rounded engineer apprentice who is well equipped to grow from challenges that he is presented with He has excellent written and verbal communication skills, is extremely organized, can work independently and is able to follow through to ensure that the jobs get done. I’m sure he will be one to watch out for in the future.” Samantha Hill – Production Manager

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Performance Test of Split Case Pump for Oil & Gas Client

The 3 tonne Weir Medivane 10/12” ZSB Split case pump  had undergone a  refurbishment by the Manufacturer and Pump Group were contacted to carry out full performance testing prior to re-installation offshore. The unit is used on Sea Water Injection (SWI) application on a North Sea platform and had been removed as part of a maintenance programme following experiencing problems with the cooling for the bearings/thrust pad.The unit had been fully refurbished and was scheduled to be departing Aberdeen Terminal on a specific ship in order to meet the production requirements of the platform. Pump Group  were initially given a 2 week window in which to facilitate the testing of the pump (including the fabrication of high pressure pipework & manufacturing of a coupling hub to fit the tapered pump shaft) which was subsequently reduced to less than a week. Pump Group Test Engineers had been in constant dialogue with the Clients’ Engineering Focal Point contact as the potential testing window shrank, and by the time it was made  apparent that the pump would only have a few days in Manchester for testing, all of the details necessary to have all of the necessary pipework/couplings manufactured had been taken. A counterflow heat exchanger was sourced to cool the oil during the 8 hour endurance test, and fittings were manufactured by Pump Group in-house to enable a seal flush system to be connected to the seal. The pump arrived on overnight transport from Aberdeen, the unit was set up in the Performance Test Cell (including hydrostatic pressure testing of the bearing lube oil system), LASER aligned and a preliminary test run was carried out prior to a representative from the client flying in on to witness the endurance test. The pump was ran for 8 hours, with bearing temperatures recorded throughout the duration of the test & condition monitoring results were taken several times using Pruftechnik VibXpert II system during the test to identify any vibration trends developing. Following the successful endurance test, the unit was removed from the Test Cell at 16.00, drained of all liquids and despatched that evening on overnight carrier for immediate delivery to Aberdeen. The completed oil cooling system & seal flush pipework was then connected & the pump was shipped offshore on Monday AM. For more information on how we can utilise our extensive workshop and testing facilities to assist your company with your operational … Continue reading

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Newsletter Spring 2014

  Please see our Spring 2014 newsletter here.   If you were not a recipient of this newsletter and would like to be kept in touch, please click the ‘Subscribe’ button below!

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On Site Equipment Installation

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Gearbox Reconditioning

The gearbox was delivered to Pump Supply & Repair Group partially seized after running with insufficient lubrication. At strip down it was also discovered that the main gear hub had fractured The remainder of the unit had all parts examined for damage and wear with images taken showing the extent of the damage. Consumable parts were itemised for replacing; these included bearings, oil seals and gaskets. Any damage to the shafts was assessed for suitability with action for correction and all critical dimensions were recorded for rebuild purposes. The main hub was replicated and the gear ring reconditioned. During assembly, all parts were set for axial and radial alignment. Full rebuild completed and the unit was returned to the customer. Another demonstration of how Pump Supply & Repair Group are able to undertake repairs and servicing to any type of rotating equipment, from parts replication through to full overhauls. Repairs Quotation Engineer Email: jmilner@pumpgroup.co.uk Direct No: 0161 864 5175

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