16th – 27th April 2012
It has been a jam-packed two weeks at EGS with exciting jobs taking place across the board. Unfortunately our dear colleague, Service Manager Steve has been unwell but is resting and recovering well from home. As such a key, loved-by-all EGS team member of 27 years, we postponed our Sloppy Joe launch party in order that he can attend. The new date is the 1st of June and we’re all looking forward to getting together and celebrating EGS’ new look.
For several months we have been planning and preparing a controls upgrade for a major ocean research vessel.
Applications Engineers Jon and Karl have recently completed the work and are currently at the final Factory Acceptance Test (FAT Testing) stage. After months of focused planning followed by rigorous initial stages of testing, they are anxious to see the complete system tested and signed off.
The equipment the customer originally had in place were two PGAs which we will be replacing with a triple redundant electronic governing system consisting of a primary electronic governor (a Woodward 723 PLUS for each engine) controlling a pneumatic governing actuator (a PGA-EG for each engine) consisting of a backup mechanical control and manual control. This will then be wired to interface with the ship controls and redundant system.
We are today testing the 723 PLUS cabinet interfacing with the PGA-EGs using simulating signals for all signals the complete system will monitor and control within determined parameters.
The system will also consist of a HMI package facilitating simple and effective monitoring of data.
We currently have three Sulzer governors at the works for overhaul. Governor Technician Mick has been working on the project and has so far completed one of the three. For an obsolete governor this was a fairly routine overhaul; the pins and bushing were replaced due to wear. The only parts which required serious attention were firstly the bell housing, which had smashed indicating it may potentially have been dropped, and the output lever which was also severely broken. These parts had to be remanufactured as they could not be sourced worldwide.
This completed Sulzer governor is today being tested, and Mick will then move onto completing the remaining two. For more information on our obsolete governor overhaul work, check out our Sulzer case study which goes into more detail.
We have a number of other overhaul and supply projects taking place over the works the last two weeks, to mention but a few:
We received an order for a ProTech G11 from a long standing steam turbine company, in addition to a large order of 20 EGCP-2 electronic governor controls from a UK genset builder.
Over the last week we have also completed numerous overhauls for Wartsila, as their preferred overhaul service provider. Governor Technicians Steve and James have been working on two UGAs, a 3161 and a PGA for this highly valued EGS customer.
Another interesting order is for 5 pneumatic head PSGs a particularly specialised type of governor.
Other EGS news
This week Sales and Marketing Manager, April, has met with GE Oil & Gas team to discuss various developments across the business in addition to looking at marketing strategy and exhibitions to showcase our capabilities. We very much enjoy these opportunities to meet with GE, build our relationships with them in addition to sharing expertise and resources. We look forward to further collaborative projects with GE in the future.