Sulzer Ltd Articles
Design changes address issues with rotating rectifiers
Here Mark Taylor, Service Center Manager at Sulzer’s Rail Competency Center in Nottingham, looks at how Sulzer has resolved one of the main reliability issues and rotating rectifiers in UK passenger trains.
AI solution to reduce CO2 emissions annually
Sulzer is collaborating with Atlantica to install its BLUE BOX advanced analytics solution on the performance-critical pumps at two solar power plants. Located 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, US, the Mojave 280 MW solar plant generates clean electricity to power approximately 90’000 households, preventing the emission of 350’000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.
The key to sourcing effective replacement coatings
Industrial gas turbines rely on specialised coatings to deliver continued performance and reliability. Renewing these protection systems is an important part of the routine maintenance schedule and the quality of the new coatings is dependent on attention to detail and the expertise of the refurbishment team. With a high level understanding of the processes, it is possible for operators to assess this expertise and select the most suitable suppli...
Celebrating increased diversities in STEM industries
Sulzer strives to promote and maintain an inclusive, diverse and empowering working environment. This has been recognised by the Empowering Women in Industry awards in the nomination of six of Sulzer’s employees as finalists across nine of the eleven categories. The conference and awards gala, taking place on 26th September in Chicago, IL, US, celebrates the excellence of female professionals in a male-dominated industry to promote gender e...
Refurbishing and repair of voltage regulation cards
Every train is fitted with alternators to generate electrical power and each one has an automatic voltage regulator (AVR) card that ensures the correct voltage is produced. However, in some cases, reliability has become an issue for these cards, which has led Sulzer to develop a service to repair or redesign and manufacture replacement AVR cards.
Boosting wind turbine service life at AWEA WINDPOWER 2019
At the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2019 Conference & Exhibition, Sulzer will exhibit its service and maintenance capabilities for rotating equipment in wind turbines. During the event, visitors will be able to discover some of the latest developments on cost-effective generator repairs.
Keep rolling with local rail expertise at Railtex 2019
Visitors to this year’s Railtex exhibition, held at the NEC, Birmingham, will have the opportunity to see the extensive range of services on offer from Sulzer. The company’s stand, E61 in Hall 3, will show some of the key components that can be repaired and refurbished by Sulzer’s dedicated engineering teams as part of its comprehensive rail solutions.
The BLUE BOX for IoT analytics wins Industry 4.0 award
Sulzer’s BLUE BOX IoT Advanced Analytics has won the Gold Certificate Industry 4.0 at the Swiss Digital Economy Awards in the category Highest Digital Quality. BLUE BOX uses existing pump data to cut costs in pump operation and maintenance considerably. The Swiss Digital Economy Awards are presented by the industry association SwissICT, the Association of Swiss Internet Companies Simsa and the specialist publisher Netzmedien.
Using digital technologies to create spare parts
Digitalisation, realised by a specialist parts manufacturer such as Sulzer, is the key to rapid and precise repairs. Repairing critical equipment can be a time-consuming task, especially if it has been in service for a long time and original parts are difficult to source. In West Virginia, USA, Sulzer re-engineers and produces new casting parts for a wide range of rotating equipment using additive manufacturing technologies.
Repairing rail generators to hit four year reliability target
Maintenance and repair projects within the rail industry are managed by tier one contractors to provide operators with a fixed cost project that enables them to accurately forecast annual repair bills. This type of contract requires flexibility and high quality repairs to provide customers with reliability. Author: Mark Taylor, Service Centre Manager at Sulzer’s Nottingham Facility
Reality technologies for the process industry at ACHEMA 2018
From June 11th-15th 2018, ACHEMA, the trade fair for the process industry, will take place in Frankfurt, Germany. At the event, Sulzer Chemtech will offer all stand visitors free Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) experiences.
Boosting pipeline profitability with BLUE BOX
Turning data into value: Sulzer’s BLUE BOX advanced remote analytics platform went live for Phillips 66. Two pipelines with 40 performance-critical pumps (Sulzer and third-party) are connected in real-time. BLUE BOX provides significant savings and substantial operational improvement in the automation of field-testing and targeted service activities to increase the efficiency, performance and reliability of pumps and pipelines.
Doubling capacity of high voltage testing to improve repair times
Usually carried out to determine benchmark data after a major repair is performance testing of high voltage motors and generators, however, increasingly, customers are requiring this information as part of a problem diagnosis or to verify performance figures for a component when its essential data has been lost.
Power generation pumps on show at Asia Power Week 2017
Speakers and exhibitors will showcase the latest innovations and discuss solutions to the challenges facing the power industry as Asia Power Week returns to Thailand this year. As an independent repair specialist and pump manufacturer, Sulzer will be highlighting its pumps and systems for power generation as well as the range of services on offer to operators of gas turbines and other rotating equipment. 2017 sees the 25th anniversary of the...
Bringing precision engineering to DLR repair project
Sulzer has been contracted to inspect and repair the bogie frames of 76 rail vehicles over the next two years, as part of the ongoing maintenance and refurbishment project of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). The project requires considerable attention to detail, especially with regard to the quality processes and documentation, as well as a streamlined welding and machining operation capable of completing each vehicle on time.
What to do when obsolete systems fail
The rate at which electronic components have evolved over the last 20 years has been staggering. However, a side effect of this unyielding pace is that older systems are now becoming obsolete. Not only that, spares or replacement products in many of these systems are hard to come by. So, what are your options if such a system fails? Here, Brian Park, Regional Sales Manager for Scotland, Sulzer, looks at the challenges for end users and how repair...
Sulzer is expecting considerable interest in repair services
As one of more than 430 organisations preparing for Railtex 2015, Sulzer is looking forward to welcoming visitors to this year’s expo at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on 12th May. With electro-mechanical repair centres across the country, Sulzer is expecting high interest in its ability to offer a local service supported by a national network of dedicated engineers able to deliver a cost effective and efficient service for ro...
HRH The Princess Royal to open Sulzer service centre
As part of the huge redevelopment of Middlehaven, Sulzer has relocated its service centre to a brand new, purpose-built facility that is due to be officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 23rd March 2015. The new £4.5m service centre will be part of the national engineering and repair facilities that enables Sulzer to offer a 24/7 service for engineering solutions.
Advanced repairs mean improved efficiency and longevity for Hydro Power Systems
An increased focus on controlling greenhouse gas emissions, coupled with escalating demand for electricity and slow progress on nuclear projects is leading to an expansion of alternative renewable energy sources. Leading the pack at the moment is hydro electricity, the basic principles of which were commercialised in the late 1880's and now accounts for around 16% of global electricity generation capacity.