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DWR Hydroelectric Repair Success Story

RENTAL PROJECT SUCCESS

CHALLENGE: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) faced a daunting repair project on the Oroville Dam, a hydroelectric plant near Sacramento, California, and the tallest dam in the U.S.

During a turbine refurbishment, a subcontractor discovered that an excessive load was being added to the bearings of the turbine runner that turned the generator. The turbine chamber cover plate fasteners needed repairs to keep the plant running smoothly. When considering repair options, DWR discovered the plant’s subcontractors didn’t have the proper precision equipment on hand that was needed for this type of repair, and that using hand tools would take too much time and wouldn’t produce a high-quality repair. 

PAYOFF: After discussing the challenge and repair needs, the Operations & Maintenance Department’s lead mechanic worked with CLIMAX experts to determine a top-quality, efficient and cost-effective repair solution. Based on the needs of the project, the decision was made to rent a FF8200 Flange Facer, which has a number of innovative safety features and is capable of precision machining large diameter flanges and holding tight tolerances.

The FF8200 helped the team achieve a tolerance of .002 inches (.0508 mm) across the 121-inch (307 cm) diameter stainless steel turbine runner and completed the job with minimum downtime and disruption to the plant. Once complete, the turbine was reassembled and all three turbines were put back into immediate operation. The department is now considering purchasing one of the machines to keep on hand for other maintenance projects.

Pairing on-site portable machine tools with highly skilled mechanics helped complete this job in an efficient, reliable and cost-effective manner, making the project a huge success.

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CHALLENGE: In an evolving industry with increased production demands, Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd., a major manufacturer of wind towers in North America, faced machining challenges for one particular customer due to its short delivery schedule and boring mill size limitations. Sub-vendors with portable machine tool capabilities served as a temporary solution, but they were costly and difficult to mobilize. HCI needed to improve its manufacturing processes, reduce costs and grow business. PAYOFF: As a cost-reduction measure, HCI decided to bring the machining in-house and partner with CLIMAX to get the job done. CLIMAX experts worked with HCI to assess the challenge, recommending the CM6000 Circular Mill because it has the power, precision, portability and versatility HCI needed to enable them to produce the highest quality wind towers and satisfy customers’ most stringent specifications and aggressive delivery schedules. By using a CLIMAX portable machine tool on the assembly line, HCI was able to cut costs and streamline the machining process, achieving significant efficiencies by not having to move the subassemblies to the machine shop to be re-machined. The rigidity and metal-removal capability of the CM6000 enabled HCI machinists to reduce machining time by up to 75 percent. CLIMAX worked with HCI to train machinists and others on the CM6000, strengthening the company’s workforce skills set and increasing its capacity to secure more business. TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS: The CM6000 Circular Mill, which has since been updated to the CM6200 model. 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!

CHALLENGE: In an evolving industry with increased production demands, Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd., a major manufacturer of wind towers in North America, faced machining challenges for one particular customer due to its short delivery schedule and boring mill size limitations. Sub-vendors with portable machine tool capabilities served as a temporary solution, but they were costly and difficult to mobilize. HCI needed to improve its manufacturing processes, reduce costs and grow business.

 

PAYOFF: As a cost-reduction measure, HCI decided to bring the machining in-house and partner with CLIMAX to get the job done. CLIMAX experts worked with HCI to assess the challenge, recommending the CM6000 Circular Mill because it has the power, precision, portability and versatility HCI needed to enable them to produce the highest quality wind towers and satisfy customers’ most stringent specifications and aggressive delivery schedules.

 

By using a CLIMAX portable machine tool on the assembly line, HCI was able to cut costs and streamline the machining process, achieving significant efficiencies by not having to move the subassemblies to the machine shop to be re-machined. The rigidity and metal-removal capability of the CM6000 enabled HCI machinists to reduce machining time by up to 75 percent. CLIMAX worked with HCI to train machinists and others on the CM6000, strengthening the company’s workforce skills set and increasing its capacity to secure more business.

 

TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS: The CM6000 Circular Mill, which has since been updated to the CM6200 model. 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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Rental Project Success

CHALLENGE: In an evolving industry with increased production demands, Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd., a major manufacturer of wind towers in North America, faced machining challenges for one particular customer due to its short delivery schedule and boring mill size limitations. Sub-vendors with portable machine tool capabilities served as a temporary solution, but they were costly and difficult to mobilize. HCI needed to improve its manufacturing processes, reduce costs and grow business. PAYOFF: As a cost-reduction measure, HCI decided to bring the machining in-house and partner with CLIMAX to get the job done. CLIMAX experts worked with HCI to assess the challenge, recommending the CM6000 Circular Mill because it has the power, precision, portability and versatility HCI needed to enable them to produce the highest quality wind towers and satisfy customers’ most stringent specifications and aggressive delivery schedules. By using a CLIMAX portable machine tool on the assembly line, HCI was able to cut costs and streamline the machining process, achieving significant efficiencies by not having to move the subassemblies to the machine shop to be re-machined. The rigidity and metal-removal capability of the CM6000 enabled HCI machinists to reduce machining time by up to 75 percent. CLIMAX worked with HCI to train machinists and others on the CM6000, strengthening the company’s workforce skills set and increasing its capacity to secure more business. TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS: The CM6000 Circular Mill, which has since been updated to the CM6200 model. 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!

CHALLENGE: In an evolving industry with increased production demands, Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd., a major manufacturer of wind towers in North America, faced machining challenges for one particular customer due to its short delivery schedule and boring mill size limitations. Sub-vendors with portable machine tool capabilities served as a temporary solution, but they were costly and difficult to mobilize. HCI needed to improve its manufacturing processes, reduce costs and grow business.

 

PAYOFF: As a cost-reduction measure, HCI decided to bring the machining in-house and partner with CLIMAX to get the job done. CLIMAX experts worked with HCI to assess the challenge, recommending the CM6000 Circular Mill because it has the power, precision, portability and versatility HCI needed to enable them to produce the highest quality wind towers and satisfy customers’ most stringent specifications and aggressive delivery schedules.

 

By using a CLIMAX portable machine tool on the assembly line, HCI was able to cut costs and streamline the machining process, achieving significant efficiencies by not having to move the subassemblies to the machine shop to be re-machined. The rigidity and metal-removal capability of the CM6000 enabled HCI machinists to reduce machining time by up to 75 percent. CLIMAX worked with HCI to train machinists and others on the CM6000, strengthening the company’s workforce skills set and increasing its capacity to secure more business.

 

TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS: The CM6000 Circular Mill, which has since been updated to the CM6200 model. 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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Rental Project Success

CHALLENGE: In an evolving industry with increased production demands, Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd., a major manufacturer of wind towers in North America, faced machining challenges for one particular customer due to its short delivery schedule and boring mill size limitations. Sub-vendors with portable machine tool capabilities served as a temporary solution, but they were costly and difficult to mobilize. HCI needed to improve its manufacturing processes, reduce costs and grow business. PAYOFF: As a cost-reduction measure, HCI decided to bring the machining in-house and partner with CLIMAX to get the job done. CLIMAX experts worked with HCI to assess the challenge, recommending the CM6000 Circular Mill because it has the power, precision, portability and versatility HCI needed to enable them to produce the highest quality wind towers and satisfy customers’ most stringent specifications and aggressive delivery schedules. By using a CLIMAX portable machine tool on the assembly line, HCI was able to cut costs and streamline the machining process, achieving significant efficiencies by not having to move the subassemblies to the machine shop to be re-machined. The rigidity and metal-removal capability of the CM6000 enabled HCI machinists to reduce machining time by up to 75 percent. CLIMAX worked with HCI to train machinists and others on the CM6000, strengthening the company’s workforce skills set and increasing its capacity to secure more business. TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS: The CM6000 Circular Mill, which has since been updated to the CM6200 model. 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!

CHALLENGE: In an evolving industry with increased production demands, Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd., a major manufacturer of wind towers in North America, faced machining challenges for one particular customer due to its short delivery schedule and boring mill size limitations. Sub-vendors with portable machine tool capabilities served as a temporary solution, but they were costly and difficult to mobilize. HCI needed to improve its manufacturing processes, reduce costs and grow business.

 

PAYOFF: As a cost-reduction measure, HCI decided to bring the machining in-house and partner with CLIMAX to get the job done. CLIMAX experts worked with HCI to assess the challenge, recommending the CM6000 Circular Mill because it has the power, precision, portability and versatility HCI needed to enable them to produce the highest quality wind towers and satisfy customers’ most stringent specifications and aggressive delivery schedules.

 

By using a CLIMAX portable machine tool on the assembly line, HCI was able to cut costs and streamline the machining process, achieving significant efficiencies by not having to move the subassemblies to the machine shop to be re-machined. The rigidity and metal-removal capability of the CM6000 enabled HCI machinists to reduce machining time by up to 75 percent. CLIMAX worked with HCI to train machinists and others on the CM6000, strengthening the company’s workforce skills set and increasing its capacity to secure more business.

 

TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS: The CM6000 Circular Mill, which has since been updated to the CM6200 model. 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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Rental Project Success

CHALLENGE: In an evolving industry with increased production demands, Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd., a major manufacturer of wind towers in North America, faced machining challenges for one particular customer due to its short delivery schedule and boring mill size limitations. Sub-vendors with portable machine tool capabilities served as a temporary solution, but they were costly and difficult to mobilize. HCI needed to improve its manufacturing processes, reduce costs and grow business. PAYOFF: As a cost-reduction measure, HCI decided to bring the machining in-house and partner with CLIMAX to get the job done. CLIMAX experts worked with HCI to assess the challenge, recommending the CM6000 Circular Mill because it has the power, precision, portability and versatility HCI needed to enable them to produce the highest quality wind towers and satisfy customers’ most stringent specifications and aggressive delivery schedules. By using a CLIMAX portable machine tool on the assembly line, HCI was able to cut costs and streamline the machining process, achieving significant efficiencies by not having to move the subassemblies to the machine shop to be re-machined. The rigidity and metal-removal capability of the CM6000 enabled HCI machinists to reduce machining time by up to 75 percent. CLIMAX worked with HCI to train machinists and others on the CM6000, strengthening the company’s workforce skills set and increasing its capacity to secure more business. TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS: The CM6000 Circular Mill, which has since been updated to the CM6200 model. 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!

CHALLENGE: In an evolving industry with increased production demands, Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd., a major manufacturer of wind towers in North America, faced machining challenges for one particular customer due to its short delivery schedule and boring mill size limitations. Sub-vendors with portable machine tool capabilities served as a temporary solution, but they were costly and difficult to mobilize. HCI needed to improve its manufacturing processes, reduce costs and grow business.

 

PAYOFF: As a cost-reduction measure, HCI decided to bring the machining in-house and partner with CLIMAX to get the job done. CLIMAX experts worked with HCI to assess the challenge, recommending the CM6000 Circular Mill because it has the power, precision, portability and versatility HCI needed to enable them to produce the highest quality wind towers and satisfy customers’ most stringent specifications and aggressive delivery schedules.

 

By using a CLIMAX portable machine tool on the assembly line, HCI was able to cut costs and streamline the machining process, achieving significant efficiencies by not having to move the subassemblies to the machine shop to be re-machined. The rigidity and metal-removal capability of the CM6000 enabled HCI machinists to reduce machining time by up to 75 percent. CLIMAX worked with HCI to train machinists and others on the CM6000, strengthening the company’s workforce skills set and increasing its capacity to secure more business.

 

TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS: The CM6000 Circular Mill, which has since been updated to the CM6200 model. 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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Rental Project Success

CHALLENGE: In an evolving industry with increased production demands, Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd., a major manufacturer of wind towers in North America, faced machining challenges for one particular customer due to its short delivery schedule and boring mill size limitations. Sub-vendors with portable machine tool capabilities served as a temporary solution, but they were costly and difficult to mobilize. HCI needed to improve its manufacturing processes, reduce costs and grow business. PAYOFF: As a cost-reduction measure, HCI decided to bring the machining in-house and partner with CLIMAX to get the job done. CLIMAX experts worked with HCI to assess the challenge, recommending the CM6000 Circular Mill because it has the power, precision, portability and versatility HCI needed to enable them to produce the highest quality wind towers and satisfy customers’ most stringent specifications and aggressive delivery schedules. By using a CLIMAX portable machine tool on the assembly line, HCI was able to cut costs and streamline the machining process, achieving significant efficiencies by not having to move the subassemblies to the machine shop to be re-machined. The rigidity and metal-removal capability of the CM6000 enabled HCI machinists to reduce machining time by up to 75 percent. CLIMAX worked with HCI to train machinists and others on the CM6000, strengthening the company’s workforce skills set and increasing its capacity to secure more business. TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS: The CM6000 Circular Mill, which has since been updated to the CM6200 model. 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!

CHALLENGE: In an evolving industry with increased production demands, Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd., a major manufacturer of wind towers in North America, faced machining challenges for one particular customer due to its short delivery schedule and boring mill size limitations. Sub-vendors with portable machine tool capabilities served as a temporary solution, but they were costly and difficult to mobilize. HCI needed to improve its manufacturing processes, reduce costs and grow business.

 

PAYOFF: As a cost-reduction measure, HCI decided to bring the machining in-house and partner with CLIMAX to get the job done. CLIMAX experts worked with HCI to assess the challenge, recommending the CM6000 Circular Mill because it has the power, precision, portability and versatility HCI needed to enable them to produce the highest quality wind towers and satisfy customers’ most stringent specifications and aggressive delivery schedules.

 

By using a CLIMAX portable machine tool on the assembly line, HCI was able to cut costs and streamline the machining process, achieving significant efficiencies by not having to move the subassemblies to the machine shop to be re-machined. The rigidity and metal-removal capability of the CM6000 enabled HCI machinists to reduce machining time by up to 75 percent. CLIMAX worked with HCI to train machinists and others on the CM6000, strengthening the company’s workforce skills set and increasing its capacity to secure more business.

 

TOOLS USED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS: The CM6000 Circular Mill, which has since been updated to the CM6200 model. 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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