Siemens is one of Australia’s largest suppliers of power generation turbines. They play a crucial role in driving sustainable and innovative power solutions for the nation’s growing energy demands. Their Turbine Services arm is dedicated to servicing, maintaining, and optimizing power turbines in various industries, ensuring their reliable and efficient performance.
An essential component in the lifecycle of a power turbine is a planned maintenance program that occurs approximately every six years. This scheduled maintenance program typically involves hundreds of personnel and weeks of power-producing downtime. During maintenance, the power turbines are completely disassembled, cleaned, tested and re-assembled.
The cleaning process involves abrasive blasting, creating a massive mess as particles, contaminants and blasting media are projected at high pressure in every direction. Consequently, abrasive blasting must occur in an enclosed space.
Traditionally a wrapped scaffolding system would be erected, requiring up to three days each to assemble and disassemble the structure. Considering the workforce costs and the power turbines’ downtime, the traditional scaffolding setup and disassembly process come at a significant cost. Because the turbine maintenance programs represent an ongoing operating cost, finding scalable efficiencies would result in considerable savings over a short period.
The Service Operation Team at Siemens approached Giant Inflatables Industrial (GII) to custom design a Portable Abrasive Blasting Shelter tailored to their specific needs regarding size and design.
Specialized Solution and Results
From an Occupational Safety Point of View
Other than the substantial cost savings, we received the following feedback from the Occupational Health and Safety perspective:
“From a health and safety perspective, the inflatable is a lot better for us than the other solutions, which is having guys crawling up on scaffolding in the air somewhere.”
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