Climax Portable Machining & Welding Systems http://climaxportable.com/ Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:06:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Weekly News Roundup (Oct 24) http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-oct-24/ http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-oct-24/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:01:56 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=34529 U.S. To Produce More Oil & Gas Than Russia…For Decades (Forbes)

The U.S. shale oil and gas renaissance has effectively stripped Russia from its status as biggest non-OPEC oil producing state.

 

Philippines emerging as shipbuilding hub (Nikkei Asian Review)…

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U.S. To Produce More Oil & Gas Than Russia…For Decades (Forbes)

The U.S. shale oil and gas renaissance has effectively stripped Russia from its status as biggest non-OPEC oil producing state.

 

Philippines emerging as shipbuilding hub (Nikkei Asian Review)

The Philippines is quickly becoming a global shipbuilding hub by using the skills and resources of foreign players. In 2010, the country surpassed its European rivals and has since become the fourth-biggest shipbuilding nation, after China, South Korea and Japan.

 

Exports, housing to underpin Australia growth as mining cools: poll (Reuters)

Australia’s economy could be entering a period of growth that is not too hot and not too cold thanks to strength in exports and housing, with inflation likely to be well contained within the central bank’s target band.

 

Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power Shifts Toward Renewable Energy (Gulf Business)

Saudi Arabia-based power and water project developer ACWA Power is seeking to secure or arranging finance for $15 billion worth of projects, nearly half of which are in renewable energy, its chief executive said.

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Weekly News Roundup (Oct 17) http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-oct-17/ http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-oct-17/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:23:17 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=34045 Oil And Gas Prices: How Low Will They Go? (Forbes)

Crude oil prices continue to slide with surging production and weakening economic news.

 

This new nuclear reactor could bring carbon-free power to 80,000 homes, and fit in the back

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Oil And Gas Prices: How Low Will They Go? (Forbes)

Crude oil prices continue to slide with surging production and weakening economic news.

 

This new nuclear reactor could bring carbon-free power to 80,000 homes, and fit in the back of a truck (Science Alert)

Scientists in the US are developing a new nuclear fusion power source that’s smaller, cleaner and more powerful than current nuclear reactors, and they aim to have it on the market in 10 years.

 

Manufacturers, Employers Remain Steady Amid Tumult (Wall Street Journal)

Factories’ Capacity Utilization Hits Highest Level Since June 2008 as Jobless Claims Fall to 14-Year Low.

 

Why You Should Question the Value Proposition of Energy Storage (Greentech Media)

There’s some value to storage—but it’s not what proponents typically claim.

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Size, speed, precision: Polish power plant turns to CLIMAX http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/size-speed-precision-polish-power-plant-turns-climax/ http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/size-speed-precision-polish-power-plant-turns-climax/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:30:46 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=34267 Technicians noticed significant leaking from an overhead heater at a power generation plant in Łódź, Poland. CLIMAX customer NGL Machining needed to reface four 3-meter heat exchanger flanges – fast.

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CHALLENGE:  Technicians noticed significant leaking from an overhead heater at the Dalkia EC3 power generation plant in Łódź, Poland, producer of approximately 2 million megawatt hours of electricity annually. Maintenance inspections revealed welded surfaces, fretting and grooves that were permitting leaks. Essentially, the contact surfaces between the connecting flange faces were misaligned and ruined, allowing pressurized steam and water to escape when in operation.

SOLUTION:  CLIMAX customer NGL Machining of Poland came in to consult with the plant staff. NGL analyzed the four flanges and proposed a solution for refacing the mating surfaces of the flanges. Like many high-volume facilities, the Dalkia EC3 plant has large-scale fixtures. In this case, the faulty exchanger parts were approximately 8 meters tall and nearly 3 meters in diameter, so a big task was ahead.

PAYOFF:  According to Rafal Bogusz of NGL, fast response and the right machine combined to solve the problem. “The CLIMAX FF8200 met our needs exactly,” said Rafal. “The size, machining range, rigidity and machining parameters were perfect for this job.” Especially in the power generation and the marine industries, says Rafal, minimizing downtime for service is financially crucial for the owners. NGL arranged for two service teams to work in two shifts. Good project organization, the commitment of an experienced team to the project and the “best machines available on the market” led to project completion in just six days. Pressure tests immediately showed no leakage.

TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS:  The key hardware for performing this work was the CLIMAX FF8200 flange facer. Flange diameters ranged up to 2900 millimeters, so the stability and precision across such large dimensions were critical factors. The flange facer had to be mobile – not only for transportation to the job site, but also for rapid transition from flange to flange without disassembly – so the FF8200 met all the required characteristics.

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What’s New: Meeting Customer Needs in the Gulf http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/whats-new-meeting-customer-needs-gulf/ http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/whats-new-meeting-customer-needs-gulf/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:30:43 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=34101 The CLIMAX product line integrated with Calder Valve Testing is serving customers from the heart of Gulf oil and gas territory in Houston.

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When CLIMAX customers began expressing interest in a CLIMAX presence in the Gulf, CLIMAX listened. We have responded in a big way, with the acquisition of Calder Testers and expansion of our facilities in Houston.

Our customers can now take advantage of a new valve testing product line and fast access to CLIMAX rental machines. Customers also get full technical support and training capabilities in Houston, including 24/7/365 emergency technical support.

CLIMAX’s presence in the Gulf gives its sales and technical staff more opportunity to visit customers in the field and develop solutions alongside customers – all in-person. We’re better connected to our customers, so training, troubleshooting and repairs are more efficient and downtime is reduced.

“Integrating the Valve Testing and CLIMAX product lines ensures that our customers’ operations are covered from start to finish,” said Tim Clements, Director of our Houston operations. “With a full range of valve testing equipment and services, portable machining and automated welding rental options now under one roof, CLIMAX can fulfill most any oil & gas customer’s rental and repair needs.”

Customers in the Gulf region rely on the expanded product lines offered by CLIMAX to handle a variety of repairs. And when the job at hand is valve repair, test equipment operating safely behind CLIMAX test barriers verify the repairs meet customer expectations. More than ever, CLIMAX is a one-stop shop for on-site support, tools, expertise and in-person training in the Houston area and Gulf region.

 

GET IN TOUCH WITH CLIMAX IN HOUSTON:

8706 Meldrum Ln.
Houston, TX  77075
1-888-704-8378

 

KEY TOOLS USED TO SUCCEED IN THE GULF:  

Our primary rental hub is located in Houston. We offer our full line of rental machines. Below are the most common products customers rent in the Gulf.

  • Model 900 PRV tester
  • Model 1400 flanged valve tester
  • Model 600 valve tester
  • Model 2300 and 2600 testing barriers
  • VM2150 globe valve grinding machine
  • VM1350 gate valve grinding machine
  • The complete line of CLIMAX Flange Facers
  • PM4200, LM5200, and LM6200 Milling Machines
  • CM6200 Circular Mill

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Serving global customers locally http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/serving-global-customers-locally/ http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/serving-global-customers-locally/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:30:29 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=34233 CLIMAX Market Segment Technical Specialist Fitz Acheson shares five factors that help technical experts solve unique challenges all over the world.

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When a manufacturer of small gate valves in the Netherlands inquired about CLIMAX’s welding capabilities, CLIMAX experts eagerly accepted the challenge. The bar was set high: The company needed to MIG weld 22 mm seats into a valve body through a 15 mm hole that was 45 mm deep.

CLIMAX team members put their heads together and performed successful weld testing to address the size and space restrictions. The solution was so successful that the customer bought two complete BW3000 AutoBoreWelder units for future projects. In addition, CLIMAX worked closely with a third-party automation company in Belgium to automate the process even further. The international manufacturing effort paid off – since adding the BW3000 to its capabilities, the customer has welded tens of thousands of valves. They have been able to reduce furnace brazing steps, increase throughput and meet the high quality standards required by the European Union.

CLIMAX Market Segment Technical Specialist Fitz Acheson has extensive expertise and on-the-ground experience helping CLIMAX customers on a global scale, with a local perspective. Fitz shares five factors customers facing similar challenges should keep in mind:

  • A strong network: CLIMAX is anywhere our customers need us to be. We make sure that our customers around the world receive the attention they deserve for the machine tool they purchase. With a strong network of trainers, sales people and technical support staff, our incredible after-sales support team keeps customers up and running when challenges in the field demand 100 percent capability.
  • Understanding of customers’ unique challenges: The diverse group of CLIMAX engineers and sales staff provide highly complex cross-functional capabilities. CLIMAX is always striving to learn more and push the limits of what is possible for our customers – ultimately saving them time and money. This internal capability, tightly coupled with CLIMAX’s international distributor network, creates a diverse language of understanding. When customers see that we’re able to understand their issues clearly, they are confident that the process will work, and we are able to quickly solve the problem.
  • Expert knowledge: CLIMAX experts have deep knowledge of the machining and welding industries and the projects that take place around the world. As they share this knowledge with customers, they keep their ears and eyes open in order to fully understand customers’ challenges. We incorporate customer feedback and ideas in the next iterations of our machine tools to continually address these challenges.
  • High-quality tools, high-quality support: In addition to our machine tools sturdy reputation, CLIMAX experts work to make relationships, trainings, technical and after-sales support a positive experience for our customers. The key to international relationships is ensuring that our distributors are backed up 100 percent, in all aspects of how they interface with CLIMAX personnel. Our highly resilient and flexible sales and technical support network enables customers to see seamless functionality, from purchasing to training, use, and beyond.
  • Niche capability: CLIMAX machine tools fit a special niche of capability. While made for a specific application, each machine tool is also capable of being used in unorthodox ways to accomplish alternate goals outside of standard configurations. With constant research and development, our diverse and ever-growing selection of machine tools helps spread knowledge and capabilities to a global audience.

CLIMAX products keep customers competitive in a changing environment with sound engineering, excellent training and a high level of technical support. The intelligence of the customers on the ground, faced with new challenges, feeds a healthy “specials” business of custom tools, allowing customers to tackle the most unusual applications with accuracy and repeatability.

Business growth is there for the taking, a win-win situation for all. CLIMAX provides a solid foundation for thousands of businesses, large and small, to keep the mechanical world up and running. Whether manufacturing, repairing or refurbishing, on a bridge, underground in a mine, in a machine shop, or deep in a power plant, the ever-innovative customer, outfitted with the CLIMAX machine tool capabilities, is an unstoppable force.

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Mastering Milling Machines, Part 2: Tramming the Spindle http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/mastering-milling-machines-part-2-tramming-spindle/ http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/mastering-milling-machines-part-2-tramming-spindle/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:30:27 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=34127 We are giving you a closer look at the milling head assembly and how to get the results you’re looking for as you begin machining with your CLIMAX milling machine. We’ll review the key steps and issues associated with tramming the milling assembly.

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As promised in our September issue, we are giving you a closer look at the milling head assembly and how to get the results you’re looking for as you begin machining with your CLIMAX milling machine. We’ll review the key steps and issues associated with tramming the milling assembly.

The tramming plate is precision-machined to be parallel to the ram and perpendicular to the bed. In many cases the default X-axis alignment of the milling assembly will be sufficient. If more precision is needed, the milling head mounting plate is supplied with tramming screws. Repair technicians can use the screws to jack away the mounting plate from the tramming plate to adjust X-axis orientation and rotate it on the tramming plate to adjust Y-axis orientation of the milling assembly.

Here’s how:

  1. Attach a dial indicator with a magnetic base to the end of thMasteringMillingMachines-Image1e spindle.
  2. If the drive motor is installed, remove it from the spindle gearbox to enable easy hand-rotation of the spindle (Image 1).
  3. Position the milling assembly in a position where you can reach the bottom of the ram or the linear bed rails (image 2).
  4. Now, sweep the datum surface of the bed or ram with the indicator by rotating the spindle.
  5. Finally, tram the direction along the Y-axis by
  6. adjusting the top tramming screws. Then tram the
  7. directiMasteringMillingMachines-Image2on along the X-axis by adjusting the tramming screws on the milling head mounting plate. The mounting screws will have to be loosened slightly to make these adjustments. When both directions are adjusted, tighten the mounting screws (below).
  8. Remove the magnetic base and dial indicator, and reinstall the drive motor.

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Do you have a question about milling machine set-ups that we didn’t cover here? Or is there a product you would like to learn more about? Drop us a note and our team will get back to you promptly!

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Weekly News Roundup (Oct 10) http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-oct-10/ http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-oct-10/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:23:13 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=33961 France to cut reliance on nuclear power by 2025 (The Local FR)

Deputies in the French parliament voted on Friday to reduce the country’s reliance on Nuclear power to produce its electricity supply. It comes after environmental groups have raised …

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France to cut reliance on nuclear power by 2025 (The Local FR)

Deputies in the French parliament voted on Friday to reduce the country’s reliance on Nuclear power to produce its electricity supply. It comes after environmental groups have raised concerns about safety at the country’s nuclear plants.

 

Inexperience, Lack of Inspections cited in N.D. Oil and Gas Fatality Rate (INews Network)

The oil and gas industry, amid safety improvements, is still six times more dangerous than the average American job.

 

E.U. Approves Plan for New Nuclear Power Station in Britain (New York Times)

The European authorities on Wednesday approved construction of Britain’s first nuclear power station since the mid-1990s, in a ruling that could clear the way for other European countries to plan nuclear plants as part of their energy future.

 

Manufacturing Wages Rise Fast in Some Areas (Wall Street Journal)

Skills Shortages, Falling Jobless Rates Force Firms to Pay Up.

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Weekly News Roundup (Oct 3) http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-oct-3/ http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-oct-3/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 18:14:03 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=33935 U.S. Manufacturing: A Remembrance And A Look Ahead (NPR)

In the United States, development dollars mostly go into advanced sectors, like electronic instruments and pharmaceuticals. In other countries, the R&D focus is on more mundane sectors, such as machinery and …

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U.S. Manufacturing: A Remembrance And A Look Ahead (NPR)

In the United States, development dollars mostly go into advanced sectors, like electronic instruments and pharmaceuticals. In other countries, the R&D focus is on more mundane sectors, such as machinery and motor vehicles.

 

Surprise German Slide Weighs on Eurozone Manufacturing (Wall Street Journal)

A surprise decline in German manufacturing activity for the first time in 15 months indicates the eurozone’s northern core is at risk of slipping into stagnation, a development that will likely add to pressure on the European Central Bank to take more dramatic stimulus measures to boost demand and inflation.

 

Women at Work (Huffington Post)

CLIMAX Press Coverage: Joni George, the Vice President of Human Resources at Climax Portable Machining & Welding Systems in Newberg, told us about how she started work years ago when she was a young mother.

 

How A National Network Can Spur Manufacturing Innovation (Forbes)

“This is an opportunity for us to demonstrate that we are finally serious about reestablishing the United States as a global powerhouse for manufacturing and innovation.”

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Weekly News Roundup (Sept 26) http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-sept-26/ http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-sept-26/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:50:32 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=33837 Pakistan Plans to Sell Stake in Oil & Gas Development (Wall Street Journal)

Government Looks to Raise Some $800 Million Through Sale of Up to 10% Stake in Firm

 

US shale oil and gas producers are victims of their

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Pakistan Plans to Sell Stake in Oil & Gas Development (Wall Street Journal)

Government Looks to Raise Some $800 Million Through Sale of Up to 10% Stake in Firm

 

US shale oil and gas producers are victims of their own success (Financial Times)

Shale oil and gas producers have, arguably, saved America’s industrial future and global strategic position. They are not doing quite so well for their investors.

 

We Can Transition to 100% Renewable Energy Starting Today (Alter Net)

Across the nation, American businesses, families and communities are embracing clean,  renewable energy that is homegrown, healthy, and can never run out.

 

Technology revolution in nuclear power could slash costs below coal (The Telegraph)

A report by UBS said the latest reactors will be obsolete by within 10 to 20 years, yet Britain is locking in prices until 2060

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A Modular Solution for Heavy Steel Fabrication http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/modular-solution-heavy-steel-fabrication/ http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/modular-solution-heavy-steel-fabrication/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:26:44 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=33797 CHALLENGE: Jesse Engineering needed a machine with a small, thin profile that would still be strong enough to support large boring and milling jobs.

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CHALLENGE: Located on the port of Tacoma, Washington, Jesse Engineering builds a variety of projects, from heavy steel bridge girders to sophisticated radar antennas serving customers worldwide. With in-house light and heavy fabrication, machining and assembly, along with stringent QA/QC at all stages of the production process, on-time delivery and excellent customer service are top priorities for Jesse Engineering. To best serve its customers, the company needed a machine with a small, thin profile that would still be strong enough to support large boring and milling jobs.

CLIMAX worked with Jesse Engineering to assess the company’s priorities and determined that CLIMAX’s LM6200 Linear/Gantry Mill was the right tool for the job. The versatility of the LM6200 would allow Jesse Engineering execute the wide range of heavy fabrication machining its customers required.

PAYOFF: After using the tool for only a week,Jesse Engineering was impressed with the rigidity, modularity and strength of the LM6200. The LM6200 is configurable to nearly any position, and setup options offer both linear and gantry milling on one machine. The modular bed sections allow the length to be expanded from 48 – 192 inches (1219.2 – 4876.8 mm) without losing rigidity (with 32 – 152 inches (812.8 – 4470.4 mm) of travel).

“The LM6200 transforms milling. When you push the button on this guy, it goes. We’ve had absolutely no problems with it whatsoever. It does exactly what you tell it to do,” said John Bedney, Machine Shop Foreman of Jesse Engineering.

With the LM6200, Jesse Engineering was able to expand its capabilities and complete large fabrication jobs it couldn’t easily bring into a machine shop. The modular design allowed Jesse Engineering to adjust LM6200 to fit in tight spots or add length to the machine to extend the range and get jobs done efficiently.

Check out the video to see the collaboration between CLIMAX and Jesse Engineering and contact a CLIMAX representative to learn more about the capabilities of the LM6200.

 

TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS: The CLIMAX LM6200 Linear/Gantry Mill was chosen for its flexibility, rigidity and modularity to get the job done. Do you have a rental success story partnering with CLIMAX? Click here to upload your story and photo! We’d love to see how our rental machines are working for you!

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