22 Apr 2024

Oliver Valvetek’s improvements to its Liquid Penetrant Inspection (LPI) line

In response to escalating demand and projected growth over the next half-decade, our company embarked on a rigorous analysis to identify potential bottlenecks within our production processes, aiming to safeguard and enhance our on-time delivery performance. Following a meticulous assessment, our Liquid Penetrant Inspection (LPI) line emerged as a significant bottleneck, posing a substantial threat to our overall production efficiency. The need to outsource certain tasks to meet demand was further compounded by delays stemming from subcontractor lead times, adversely impacting our timelines.

After conducting an exhaustive exploration of available alternatives, we pinpointed a solution poised not only to alleviate the bottleneck but also to redefine our production efficiency: the introduction of an electrostatic spray booth supplied by ATH NDT.

This state-of-the-art booth, distinguished by its overhead monorail system, presents an innovative approach to processing both large batches of small components and smaller batches of larger components with remarkable ease. In sharp contrast to our labour-intensive manual LPI line, this solution significantly streamlines the process, thereby not only enhancing efficiency but also uplifting operator morale.

However, the benefits of this innovative solution extend far beyond mere process efficiency. The adoption of the spray method ensures a more judicious use of penetrant, thereby minimizing waste and associated costs while simultaneously improving quality by reducing the likelihood of overlooked defects. Furthermore, the integration of a new activated carbon filter, which efficiently processes all penetrant wash-off, underscores our commitment to environmental sustainability, marking a significant step towards greener practices within our operations. Moreover, the elimination of subcontracting requirements empowers us with greater autonomy and control over our production schedules, facilitating more precise planning and execution of tasks.

By strengthening the efficiency of our LPI department, we are not only poised to meet the growing demands of our expanding clientele but also equipped to swiftly adapt to evolving customer requirements as our business continues to flourish and evolve. This strategic investment not only reaffirms our unwavering commitment to excellence but also positions us as a formidable force in a dynamic and competitive marketplace. As we steadfastly pursue our organizational objectives, this transformative solution stands as a testament to our ingenuity, resilience, and unyielding dedication to customer satisfaction and operational excellence.

In implementing this innovative solution, we are not only optimizing our operations but also enhancing the value we provide to our customers. By streamlining processes, improving quality, and ensuring timely delivery, we are committed to delivering superior products and services, ultimately driving greater satisfaction and loyalty among our valued clientele.

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