3D Metalforge, a global provider of AM services, delivered additively manufactured heat exchanger parts to Shell Jurong Island, a dedicated chemical site based in Singapore and owned by giant energy company Royal Dutch Shell plc (“Shell”). Shell Jurong Island engineers chose to use 3D Metalforge’s additive manufacturing (AM) technologies and processes to accelerate the required lead time to manufacture heat exchanger tube components.
3D Metalforge (3DMF) provided a full range of AM services including the creation of a digital file for the parts prior to printing and testing. The components were successfully installed and completed in the record time of two weeks, and the printed parts resulted in a lead time reduction. Projects like this validate 3D Metalforge’s approach to delivering critical spare parts faster and more cost-effectively to help leading energy and petrochemical companies reduce equipment downtime.
The Singapore-based 3D printing service provider worked closely with Shell Jurong Island to understand the part performance requirements from the engineers. 3D Metalforge’s design team then created a digital file for the parts prior to production, followed by printing and post-production certification of the final parts. During the post-production quality review, parts were subjected to integrity detection tests to assure these components met client specifications.
“We appreciate 3D Metalforge for their exceptional technical services and their timely and successful delivery of quality parts to Shell Jurong Island”, commented Pina Joshi, Asset Rejuvenation Senior Reliability Engineer in Shell Jurong Island.
Heat exchanger tube components are thin-walled metal tubes inserted into the inlet-end of condensers and heat exchangers to transfer heat or help prevent tube failures within the heat exchanger tube inlet-end.
In this case, 3D Metalforge’s goal in working with Shell Jurong Island was to help extend the lifespan of the existing equipment and produce replacement parts faster and more cost-effectively, particularly in time-sensitive situations where downtime or replacement create a significant impact on clients’ operations in the energy and petrochemical segments.
The scope of work in this project demonstrates the 3DMF’s continuing commitment to leading the way in the development of new additive manufacturing technologies; custom-engineered solutions and streamlined processes to deliver the faster response and shorter turn-around times that customers need. It also validates 3D Metalforge’s strategy that fit-for-purpose additive manufacturing capabilities can result in significant cost savings for clients.
“We were extremely pleased to provide our additive manufacturing technologies for this project for Shell Jurong Island in record time which ultimately helped improve the lifespan of existing equipment. Our primary goal is to be a trusted service provider, we work every day to provide greater value to our clients and this is an excellent validation of the benefits of our technology and of the increasing adoption of additive manufacturing,” said Matthew Waterhouse, 3D Metalforge Managing Director.