Rimera to Upgrade Its Trunk Pipeline Equipment Division Capacities

29.01.2014



To meet the clients' needs, Rimera's enterprises push on with programs to modernize and reequip their production capacities.

Rimera to Upgrade Its Trunk Pipeline Equipment Division Capacities

Rimera to Upgrade Its Trunk Pipeline Equipment Division Capacities

In 2013 Rimera's assets producing trunk pipeline equipment completed a series of projects targeting the modernization of their production potential.
The Group's Czech-based MSA successfully completed Phase One of plant modernization program, spending a total of EUR 9 million of investments. The core element of Phase One was the opening of a new production shop. As part of the modernization program, the company installed a painting bay, reorganized medium diameter valve assembly lines, commissioned handling and auxiliary equipment and installed a valve assembly line dedicated to atomic energy contracts. Warehousing equipment and an expedition unit were assembled and commissioned. A turning mill control system was replaced for a new one and a DMF 260Y machining center was commissioned in the machining shop.
As part of an integrated re-equipment program, SOT's Magnitogorsk facility commissioned a CosenC-560 NC bandsaw machine used to cut blanks of any shape and size, an SB 966 modular-type unit used for machining large diameter 30˚, 45˚, 60˚ and 90˚ bends hot drawn over a horn-shaped core rod, and a DE2434 multipurpose hydraulic press unit used to correct the geometry of small diameter bends after hot drawing. The project has consumed more than RUR 18 million of investments. The new equipment has offered the factory some extra output volume capacity, helped to improve product geometry and optimize funds- and time-related outlays incurred when repairing obsolete equipment.
“Given the overall cost-cutting trend of the oil and gas sector, it appears very important for the whole group to make our facilities perform better, including via modernization. This way or another, the upgrading efforts have been called forth by market demand. In Magnitogorsk this means conversion for the needs of the domestic fuel and energy market; in Czech Republic — broadening sales geography and reaching out to new clients, including from the nuclear energy segment,” says Sergey Brezitsky, Rimera Group General Director, speaking of prerequisites for modernization.
In 2014 Rimera Group will press forward with its effort to upgrade its Trunk Pipeline Equipment division assets. Thus, МSА plans to deploy a new test workshop, including new API test benches, worth a total of €1.7 million, with €400,000 subsidized by the EU. The factory will also integrate a new machining center for ANSI valves allowing to combine several machining operations in one, yielding a 25% productivity gain. New test facilities are also scheduled for launch. The latter will help to debottleneck the testing procedures, improve safety and allow tests of new product (cryogenic valves and high pressure valves). Modern product inspection tools, such as test benches, thickness gauges, etc, shall be purchased for SOT's Magnitogorsk plant. This will allow the facility to meet the demands of the fuel and energy market in terms of product quality control. The plans include setting up a shot blasting line. Shot blasting will help to reduce the cost of surface treatment for pipe bends, adapters and bottoms for the final turn-over.

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