ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING

The Challenge

Our client operating in the aerospace and defence sector required a high voltage power supply to drive a multi-function display, appropriately sized for the cockpit of a fast jet. This needed to withstand the intense environmental requirements (vibration and pressure) of being placed within the cockpit.

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In the planning stages of the cockpit layout, consideration towards the specific volume needed for the power supply unit had been overlooked. This resulted in a potential project timescale delay and additional costs.

The Options

  • Revisit the design of the cockpit layout, which would have a cost implication of tens of thousands GBP and a significant project timescale delay.
  • Acquire a bespoke design for the power supply unit, designed to fit within the restricted volume available of the current cockpit layout.

The Solution

Albacom designed and manufactured an ultra-compact high voltage power supply unit. By innovating on a conventional power supply design, we could offer the power supply unit within the restricted volume of the cockpit layout.

The Impact

Our client received a bespoke high voltage power supply unit suitable for the layout of the cockpit. This has saved our client tens of thousands GBP and over six-months of potential project delay.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

The Challenge

Our client operating in the energy sector had sections of piping that were 5 meters in length and 400 mm in diameter. In operation, these pipes were subject to continuous erosion meaning the piping required either a replacement or refurbishment to maintain system operation.

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The Options

  • Replace the eroded sections of the pipe at an estimated cost of £35,000.
  • Clad the piping with a harder wearing material, localised to the erosion sites.

The Solution

The sections of eroded pipe were transferred to our bespoke machining facility in Dundee. Within one week from receipt, we clad the internal diameter of the pipe sections with a harder, more erosion-resistant material. We re-machined the pipe sections to the original mechanical specification and made initial deliveries back to the customer. 

The Impact

Cladding of the pipe sections considerably increased the product lifespan resulting in a lower swap out rate and a decrease in future system downtime, saving an estimated £20,000. This also offered our client the opportunity to consider cladding as a future tool to decrease the frequency of pipe replacement and associated costs.

SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING

The Challenge

Our client operating in the manufacturing industry had several failed 2kW DC motors used within a bespoke, semi-automated conveyor belt system for transporting products in their manufacturing line. Direct replacement units were not available to buy new and the customer had fitted their final spare motor.

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The next motor failure would mean a line stop of their day-to-day operations, costing approximately £7,000 per day.

 

The Options

  • Find equivalent motors and mechanically reconfigure these into the conveyor system at an approximate cost of £20,000.
  • Rewind and refurbish the existing motors.

The Solution

We assessed the motors at our testing facilities in Dundee and established an opportunity for repair. Our experienced team added new life into the existing motors by rewinding the rotors and stators, replacing the bearings and general refurbishment. We restored the motors in their existing casings and mechanical format, eliminating the costs associated with reconfiguring a new motor design into their existing conveyor belt system.

The Impact

Our client received fully refurbished and functional motors fit for purpose within 72-hours. This prevented potential downtime, reduced output costs and over £20,000 in mechanical reconfiguration costs.

LIFTING & LOAD TESTING

The Challenge

Our client operating in the utility industry had a 5-tonne motorised hoist used for lifting water treatment equipment on their site. The hoist failed and was non-operational, resulting in the workforce having to complete the process manually at a significantly reduced capacity.

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The Options

  • Refurbish the hoist.
  • Replace the hoist.

The Solution

After cost consideration towards a replacement or refurbishment, we recommended that the client replace their hoist. Within 48-hours, we supplied and installed a new hoist on their site.

The Impact

Our client returned to operating at their full capacity within 48-hours of contacting Albacom. Additionally, our client opted for a preventative maintenance programme provided by Albacom, which will extend equipment lifespan and mitigate any future downtime.

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