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#Overhaul Shutdown of VSMPO-AVISMA’s Biggest Press

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January 23 2015

75 thousand ton press – the biggest press of the titanium giant – was shut down for overhaul. According to VSMPO-AVISMA press service, the US representative is engaged in the equipment refurbishment.

Major overhaul of this press in shop 21 was waived a few years ago, not to take the equipment out of the manufacturing process for several months. However the time of repair has come and it was decided to take the advantage of New Year holidays.

Fitters and mechanics have made a detailed plan for the press reconstruction. This powerful piece of equipment is being refurbished in parts, the most extensive activities has been already implemented.

«We have replaced two lifting and two balancing cylinders of the press. Now we’re repairing shut-off valves of pressure vessels with a special attention paid to filling valves», explained Sergey Neverov the fitters’ leader, Shop 50.

A representative of the European division of Oilgear Towler came to VSMPO to assist in replacement of those components. This US manufacturer has made a state-of-the-art filling vales specially for 75 thousand ton press. Now the manufacturer’s representative is assembling valves together with his Russian colleagues.

Certain components are being reworked: one component is being reworked by Salda specialists, the other was sent to Nizhny Tagil. As soon as they are back, valves will be installed on the press. The press shall be back in operation by the end of January. It might start working even earlier: according to servicemen, overhaul is going ahead of schedule thanks to «working» holidays.

Federal Press