Izhneftemash OJSC, part of Rimera Group, performed a test launch of a new painting and drying station on September 25, timed to coincide with Mechanical Engineer Day celebrated two days later.
Rimera Commissions New Painting and Drying Station at Izhevsk Plant Ahead of Mechanical Engineer Day
Udmurt Republic Deputy Minister of Industry and Power Engineering Viktor Presnukhin was present for the festivities.
The station has been commissioned as part of a scheduled phase of plant modernization that has been underway at Izhneftemash since 2011. The two TOTEM SB 15/66 painting and drying chambers were installed in the shop producing wheeled machinery and drives for subsurface sucker rod pumps. The chambers are large enough to paint assembled wheel machinery, including with the use of high-quality baked enamel coatings.
The station provides a three-fold increase in production capacity for the equipment painting process and ensures a high-quality finish. It has also opened up opportunities for Izhneftemash to cut costs on the transfer of parts, materials, and energy resources among individual plant shops. Enamel paint and fuel consumption has been reduced owing to electrostatic spray painting technology and the use of steam produced by the plant's boiler house instead of natural gas.
"The launch of this new equipment ahead of Mechanical Engineer Day is a vital link in the process of manufacturing products for a new market tapped by Izhneftemash", says Rimera Group General Director Vitaliy Sadykov, adding: "As part of the test run of the new facility, we have successfully painted parts for new drives used in DP 70 subsurface sucker rod pumps that have been ordered by the Venezuela-based company PDVSA. This is the first shipment to a Latin American nation in the history of Izhneftemash. By year's end, we will have shipped over 100 sucker rod pumps to PDVSA. The first shipment of DP 70 pumps will be on its way to the customer in mid-October".