3D Measurement Technology for Turbine Construction and Maintenance.
The power plants across the globe have shifted their focus to the quality of construction and its maintenance. One of the major requirements for this kind of process is the ability to find and correct both visible and non-visible faults accurately and quickly.
What is the challenge?
With time the demand for completing the construction of a power plant in a shorter time is increasing. As a result, the manufacturers are looking towards more efficient ways of measurement. Earlier, this process was taken place manually by tools like micrometers, Vernier calipers, etc. which not only took more time but also, had a higher risk of error. Due to these reasons many companies today are moving towards 3D measurement technology.
The Solution is here.
Since the start of the decade, many companies have developed 3D measuring scanners and devices. These are used to measure the inner rings, blades of the turbine, shafts and even larger parts in the machinery used in power plants.
This provides the plant with higher levels of precision and portability. This has also reduced the time consumption, which was higher with the manual methods earlier, to a great extent. The operations have gained efficiency and consistency. The overall experience of plant workers has also grown.
Moreover, the competitive nature is also expected to go up.
The adoption of such a technology has enabled the customers with advanced inspection and correction services. It is now possible to install a turbine with precision. This will help to take every correct step since the beginning. Later, during the inspection, it will easier to solve the problem by knowing the exact position of the part at the first step.
Many experts believe that the 3D technology will make the process a lot smoother with respect to future inspections. If one knows the exact situation before inserting a new part in the equipment, then the part will be compatible with the existing machinery. This can reduce the time by more than 10%.
The power plant companies can do a prediction for steam or gas turbines and be prepared for the future. And carry reverse engineering. The geometry of the blades can be analyzed by 3D technology. Thus, improving the efficiency with minimal vibrations. Moreover, the need for power plants is only increasing and so will the scope of 3D technology.