Climax Portable Machining & Welding Systems http://climaxportable.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:41:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Industry Update: Heavy Equipment and Construction http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/industry-update-heavy-equipment-construction/ http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/industry-update-heavy-equipment-construction/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:46:00 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=32835 Continually finding ways to cut costs and time are top priorities for businesses. We visited with Carlos Recart, owner of Comercializadora Protorq Limitada and CLIMAX distributor in Chile. Carlos shares his perspective on the state of the heavy equipment and construction industry and how CLIMAX products and services help his customers be efficient and productive.

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We recently visited with Carlos Recart, owner of Comercializadora Protorq Limitada and CLIMAX distributor in Chile, to get his perspective on the current state of the heavy equipment and construction industry and how CLIMAX products and services help his customers be efficient and productive.

 

Minimize downtime and maximize productivity

Carlos shares that downtime leading to lost productivity is the No. 1 concern in the heavy equipment and construction industry. For example, a maintenance manager’s performance is evaluated by a measurement known as assets availability ratios, or the percent of equipment that is operational and available. Higher ratios result in higher performance measurements. Finding ways to prevent equipment failures, anticipate problems and perform regular maintenance processes can improve efficiency and overall productivity. How does this translate to CLIMAX customers in the heavy equipment and construction industry? It means that our network of distributors understands the most important success factors for customers’ business and work to ensure they are ready to meet those needs.


Help your customers be efficient and productive

Carlos’ customers understand the value of and consistently rely on CLIMAX products. They’ve shared that products with greater rigidity, versatility of use, and heavy-duty performance help to minimize downtime and maximize productivity. Along with CLIMAX products, training programs provide additional support and help make workers more efficient by lessening the learning curve.

The CLIMAX team provides ongoing support for Carlos to ensure tools and equipment perform efficiently during his customers’ repair projects. According to Carlos, “The secret to CLIMAX’s success is the company’s philosophy of innovation. CLIMAX not only focuses on improving product quality but also helps customers reduce costs, and provides versatile machine solutions with interchangeable components, all while listening to customer feedback and continually finding ways to improve.”

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The People Behind Our Products: Q&A with Welding Expert Fitz Acheson http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/people-behind-products-qa-welding-expert-fitz-acheson/ http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/people-behind-products-qa-welding-expert-fitz-acheson/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:43:08 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=32840 With 20 years of engineering and bore welding experience, Fitz Acheson serves as a Market Segment Engineer for CLIMAX. Fitz shares some information about his background and experience working with customers abroad and how CLIMAX helps its customers be efficient and productive through its training programs.

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With 20 years of engineering and bore welding experience, Fitz Acheson serves as a Market Segment Engineer for CLIMAX. Fitz was kind enough to share some information about his background and experience working with customers abroad and how CLIMAX training programs help customers be more efficient and productive.


Q:
Tell us about your engineering background. How long have you been in your current position at CLIMAX?

A: I have been a Market Segment Engineer with a focus in welding since 2011 when CLIMAX acquired Bortech. I’ve worked in the bore welding industry for 20 years, beginning my career as a sales engineer and progressing through nearly all aspects of the technical side of the business.Over the last 10 years, I have spent more time abroad training customers and representatives, conducting demonstrations, and troubleshooting process and technical problems.

 

Q: Describe your day-to-day responsibilities.

A: Currently a large part of my job is traveling overseas to train representatives and customers, commission machines and refine market processes. I work closely with and assist our engineering team in the development of new products. I help train customers both in-house and in the field, answer applications questions and troubleshoot technical problems. I support our tech team as needed, and share information and resources across the spectrum of our workforce. I’m constantly challenged with learning new ways to work with customers, co-workers, and our machines.

 

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: Traveling to remote or crowded parts of the world, meeting new people, and having the chance to experience how people live and work is highly rewarding. Sharing the technology we sell with others and watching them marvel at the capability is a very special moment. It’s especially satisfying working with customers who have similar backgrounds as I’ve had, starting out in manual machine shops with a strong need for welding equipment. It is an honor to help and support these customers as they quickly become highly proficient using the machines.

 

Q: When consulting with customers, what are some of the steps you take to understand their specific needs and find the best product solution?

A: I try to understand what their daily challenges are and put myself in their shoes. There are many variables depending on where you are in the world, so I think it is important to keep this in mind.

 

Q: Can you speak to the importance of training and how it impacts productivity?

A: From my experience, efficient tool setup, use and takedown reduces the load on the operator, increasing their combined capability. This also increases the overall lifetime of the machine tool. Without training, an inexperienced operator can learn, but it takes valuable time to get up to speed. Training reduces the learning curve, minimizes downtime and prevents mistakes; the operator is equipped with confidence and a baseline level of coordination. This is beneficial for both our customers and overall business performance.

 

Q: How do trainings set CLIMAX apart from the rest?

A: The deep technical experience, professionalism and good nature of our training personnel, combined with our robust, tightly toleranced, high-end machine tools, make for a singular experience which stays with the students, equipping them to handle the real-world challenges they will face.

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Helping Our Customers Win New Business http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/helping-customers-win-new-business/ http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/helping-customers-win-new-business/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:28:21 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=32812 Vice President of Global Operations Tom Pesch and his team focus on cutting lead times, reducing costs and improving quality on a global base.

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Many CLIMAX customers repair equipment for other companies. They buy CLIMAX tools to minimize their customers’ downtime and maximize their own productivity and profits. But a customer that does not have the right tool for the job, or cannot get it quickly, cannot compete for new opportunities. By reducing the lead time for our machines, CLIMAX helps its customers win business in a competitive environment.

The base models of most CLIMAX machines can be configured for many different applications by selecting alternative power systems, mounts, tooling packages, and other options. The versatility of the base machine greatly enhances its value to our customers. However, the potential variety of finished product configurations can add complexity to the supply chain, extending the lead time of the finished machine.

So how do we balance high configurability with shorter lead times? Our operations team works closely with our sales and engineering teams to understand the machine configurations that are most desired by our customers and then aligns the supply chain and internal manufacturing to minimize the lead times. We stock the most popular machines for immediate delivery and stage common key components and subassemblies that can be readily assembled into alternative configurations. Less common machine configurations are still available on a make to order basis.

Over the last nine months we have cut lead times in half for line boring machines and AutoBoreWelders and have additional improvements in process to reduce lead times further. Flange facers and milling machines will be added to the program before the end of 2014. In parallel, we are leveraging our global manufacturing and distribution networks to extend these improvements to all markets.

CLIMAX knows that time is money when equipment is down. The lead time to complete the repair is critical for our customers and their clients. Driving shorter lead times for our machines ensures our customers have the right tool to win the business and get the job done right.

With shorter lead times CLIMAX is committed to your success.

 

Tom Pesch
Vice President Global Operations

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Converting Corroded Circulating Pumps to Mechanical Seals http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/converting-corroded-circulating-pumps-mechanical-seals/ http://climaxportable.com/e-newsletter-archives/converting-corroded-circulating-pumps-mechanical-seals/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:24:16 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=32838 CHALLENGE: Faced with the difficult task of converting a circulating pump at a coal-fired plant to mechanical seals, J-S Machine & Valve’s most capable tool for the job only had a 6-foot bar, but the circulating pump was more than 11 feet deep.

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CHALLENGE: J-S Machine & Valve was contracted to complete a difficult task: convert a circulating pump at a coal-fired plant to mechanical seals. During inspection, J-S found that the pump casings were severely corroded around the stuffing box faces, which also needed to be realigned and machined to provide a flat surface for the gasket before the new mechanical seals could be installed.

J-S Machine & Valve’s most capable machine tool for the job, a CLIMAX BB5000 portable line boring machining. But here is the challenge: J-S only had a 6-foot bar, while the circulating pump was more than 11 feet deep.


PAYOFF:
As J-S assessed its options — and preferring not to buy another boring bar — the company found that CLIMAX had a longer, 12-foot-long boring bar with a heavy-duty facing attachment available for rent with overnight delivery.

To position the machine’s bar from one end of the pump to the other, a J-S machinist crawled inside the pump and, with the top half of the pump casing removed, set the bar in the bore with the I.D. bearings. Technicians made mounts for placing the adjustable bearing on the outboard ends of the pump, allowing the bar to be adjusted and the drive and feed to be hooked up. With the top of the pump casing reinstalled and the bar in place, machinists used an indicator to ensure it was perpendicular to the shaft and parallel with the installed bearings, guaranteeing proper alignment of the mechanical seal.

Repairs such as these can take up to 80 hours to complete, but using CLIMAX’s readily available rental tools, J-S wrapped up the project in less than 25 hours. By converting to mechanical seals, the circulating pumps will maintain maximum efficiency and provide for more trouble-free maintenance in the future.


TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS:
The CLIMAX BB5000 Line Boring Machine was chosen for its precision and strength 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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Weekly News Roundup (Aug 15) http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-aug-15-2/ http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-aug-15-2/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:56:18 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=32769 Democrats Increasingly Backing Oil and Gas Industry (The Wall Street Journal)

Lawmakers in the Party Weigh Benefits of Fracking Boom Against Opposition from Environmentalists

 

UK Oil & Gas Industry’s Gender Diversity Challenge (Forbes)

When it comes to gender diversity …

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Democrats Increasingly Backing Oil and Gas Industry (The Wall Street Journal)

Lawmakers in the Party Weigh Benefits of Fracking Boom Against Opposition from Environmentalists

 

UK Oil & Gas Industry’s Gender Diversity Challenge (Forbes)

When it comes to gender diversity at board and senior management level, the oil and gas sector has a lot to be concerned about.

 

A BHP Billiton Split Showcases Mining’s Old and New (The Wall Street Journal)

Spinning Off Non-Core Assets Would Create Two Very Different Companies

 

UK advances solar power generation (Penn Energy)

The United Kingdom has moved up in the utility solar league reaching 5th place in the world, according to Wiki-Solar.

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Weekly News Roundup (Aug 8) http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-aug-8-2/ http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-aug-8-2/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:55:03 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=32534 What Can We Learn From Germany’s Solar Experience? (Greentech Media)
Germany may have flown dangerously close to the sun when providing overly generous feed-in tariffs (FITs) for solar PV. But those incentives can be credited with helping the country achieve …

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What Can We Learn From Germany’s Solar Experience? (Greentech Media)
Germany may have flown dangerously close to the sun when providing overly generous feed-in tariffs (FITs) for solar PV. But those incentives can be credited with helping the country achieve a significant milestone on the way to its ambitious goal of reducing carbon emissions by up to 95 percent by the year 2050.

 

The Upstream Unconventional Oil & Gas Supply Chain (Forbes)
A conversation on the unconventional upstream oil & gas supply chain.

 

The rise and fall of nuclear power, in 6 charts (Vox)
Nuclear power is slowly going out of style. Back in 1996, atomic energy supplied 17.6 percent of the world’s electricity. Today that’s down to just 10.8 percent — and it could drop even further in the years ahead.

 

The corporatisation of US green energy: a double-edged sword worth billions (The Guardian)
As tax breaks and incentives for renewable energy increase, corporations are entering the green energy landscape

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Weekly News Roundup (August 1) http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-august-1-2/ http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-august-1-2/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:06:58 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=32477 As Renewable Energy Grows, Wind and Solar Pull Ahead of Hydropower (State Impact)

Wind and solar energy now routinely surpasses hydroelectric generation as an energy source in the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

 

Western sanctions

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As Renewable Energy Grows, Wind and Solar Pull Ahead of Hydropower (State Impact)

Wind and solar energy now routinely surpasses hydroelectric generation as an energy source in the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

 

Western sanctions will affect Russian shipbuilding (Barents Observer)

Western sanctions will not hamper construction of nuclear icebreakers, but can have negative consequences for other Russian civilian shipbuilding.

 

Nathpa Jhakri Hydro power station achieves highest-ever generation in July (The Economic Times)

The 1,500-MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydro power station of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) has achieved highest ever power generation of 1,191.217 million units of electricity against the MoU target of 1,083 MU in July 2014.

 

MX Oil Establishes Mexican Exploration Joint Venture (Rigzone)

Mexico-focused junior explorer MX Oil reported Friday that it has secured a joint venture with Geo Estratos that it has described as “potentially transformational” for the company.

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Weekly News Roundup (July 25) http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-july-25-2/ http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-july-25-2/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:00:57 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=32440 Productivity Gains Drive Steady Improvement in the Mining Industry (Forbes)

Evidence continues to mount that the worst of a three-year downturn is fading for the mining industry with the world’s second biggest miner, Rio Tinto, reporting better than expected mineral …

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Productivity Gains Drive Steady Improvement in the Mining Industry (Forbes)

Evidence continues to mount that the worst of a three-year downturn is fading for the mining industry with the world’s second biggest miner, Rio Tinto, reporting better than expected mineral production for the June quarter.

 

Global Ranking for Energy Efficiency: US near Bottom, Germany near Top (The Energy Collective)

According to the second International Energy Efficiency Scorecard put out by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Germany ranked first in terms of energy efficiency.

 

European Commission approves German renewable energy law (PV Magazine)

The European Commission has rubber-stamped Germany’s new Renewable Energy Act (EEG) after finding it to be in accordance with EU state aid rules.

 

Geothermal Industry Grows, With Help from Oil and Gas Drilling (The New York Times)

The United States remains the world’s leader in the use of geothermal energy for electric power, followed by the Philippines, Indonesia and Mexico, according to a report released in April by the Geothermal Energy Association.

 

Innovation Hubs Are Accelerating American Manufacturing (Forbes)

The Institute for Supply Management’s monthly Report on Business shows that 15 of 18 manufacturing industries grew in June, and a composite index based on five industry indicators shows a steady expansion in manufacturing for the 13th consecutive month.

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Weekly News Roundup (July 18) http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-july-18/ http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-july-18/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:34:26 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=32395 10 things you should know about investment in renewable energy (The Guardian)

In a recent panel, experts shared their thoughts on how to increase investment in renewables amid falling prices, policy uncertainty and emerging tech.

 

Funding announced for new

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10 things you should know about investment in renewable energy (The Guardian)

In a recent panel, experts shared their thoughts on how to increase investment in renewables amid falling prices, policy uncertainty and emerging tech.

 

Funding announced for new oil and gas industry regulator (BBC)

The UK government is to provide £15m in short-term funding to help kick-start a new independent regulator for the North Sea oil and gas industry.

 

The Tortoise and the Hare: How the New York and Mass. Solar Markets Differ, and How They’re the Same (Greentech Media)

New York and Massachusetts have very different solar markets. But as Sara Rafalson explains, they’re learning from each other.

 

Parsley Energy Primed For Oil And Gas Growth Spurt (Nasdaq)

Parsley Energy hit the ground running in its stock market debut this spring.

 

Japan set to re-open first nuclear reactor since Fukushima disaster (Independent.IE)

A Japanese nuclear plant has won preliminary approval for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety requirements, clearing a major hurdle towards becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.

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Weekly News Roundup (July 11) http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-july-11-2/ http://climaxportable.com/weekly-news-roundup/weekly-news-roundup-july-11-2/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:12:31 +0000 http://climaxportable.com/?p=32266 SDG&E’s Plan for Replacing Aging Nuclear Power Strikes a Sour Note (Greentech Media)

Last year’s shuttering of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) along the southern California coast set off a pitched debate about the region’s near- and long-term …

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SDG&E’s Plan for Replacing Aging Nuclear Power Strikes a Sour Note (Greentech Media)

Last year’s shuttering of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) along the southern California coast set off a pitched debate about the region’s near- and long-term energy future.

 

IEA: US Oil Boom To Extend Into 2015, Risks High (Rigzone)

Global oil demand growth will accelerate next year as the world economy expands and will again be met by rising supplies from the United States and Canada, further eroding OPEC’s market share, the West’s energy watchdog said on Friday

 

Why Big Tech Companies Are Investing In Renewable Energy (Forbes)

When it was completed in 2013, the London Array was the largest offshore wind farm in the world, designed to produce a gigawatt of electricity.

 

Oil-and-gas activity spurs strong manufacturing job growth in Texas (Austin Business Journal)

Industrial employment grew 2.5 percent in Texas from May 2013 to May 2014, marking the third straight year the Lone Star State gained manufacturing jobs, according to data from Manufacturers’ News Inc., which compiles databases and directories of manufacturing operations.

 

A Clear Need for Reinvesting in Manufacturing (Brookings)

There is a “clear need for reinvesting in our manufacturing sector to take advantage of some of the broader underlying economic trends”.

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