Applus+ performs dimensional measurement during new equipment installation at a Czech refinery

19/09/2020

    The largest refinery in Czech Republic has asked Applus+ to support the strategic shutdown of their facilities to install new components. The Company has performed technical and quality assistance, focusing on dimensional measuring and supervision of new equipment installation.

    During the shutdown, an Applus+ Technical Inspector was present to supervise the installation of new equipment in existing technology. Our specialist studied the dimensional alignment, comparing the technical drawings with the physical reality to check for discrepancies. After the dimensional check, the expert discovered irregularities that could pose a problem with the dimensions of already-installed machinery. This was reported to the client giving them the opportunity to address this with the manufacturer and submit them for internal repair at the client’s facility.

    There were no pre-established action protocols for this issue since this was the first time Applus+ in the Czech Republic and the client dealt with a situation like this. It was truly a challenging task for the team: the requested measurements were variable in depth, width, length, inside and outside diameter, height and flange spacing, and measured range was a significant 0-2000 mm. The adequate measuring instruments and tools had to be available.

    The client trusted Applus+ based on its long-term relationship and, thanks to a good preparation, the perfect craftsmanship of our qualified staff and available equipment, we managed to exceeded the client’s expectations. The feedback was positive. They highlighted their satisfaction because the inspection saved a lot of time and money. By hiring an independent partner like Applus+, the problems with the installation of the equipment were immediately identified and addressed.

    The excellent outcome resulted in the extension of the inspection scope to make sure all issues will be addressed.