Case Studies

Automotive Case Study

Posted in Machines and Reliability, Environmental, Manufacturing, Process

Automotive reliability: keeping the wheels turning

Automotive manufacturers go to great lengths to make sure their latest designs are suitable for the intended application, but if things go wrong they need to understand what is causing the problem.

Boiler Drum Replication Case Study

Posted in Environmental, Manufacturing, Process, Marine

£300 test saves client £20k repair

A major client in the petrochemical processing industry was experiencing substantial health and safety and lifetime issues around a boiler drum that did not appear to be reaching its planned lifetime in use. As a result the client faced substantial repair costs and process downtime....

Boiler Tube Case Study

Posted in Environmental, Manufacturing, Process, Marine

Boiler tube failure could cost up to £70,000 per day

Axiom was asked to investigate a tube failure in an industrial boiler system that could have cost a client up to £70,000 per day in lost production, time and revenues.  Over a period of 18 days and a cost of £6,500, the cause of the failure was identified as.......

Cage Slip Case Study

Posted in Process

Axiom mitigates up to £1m per day shutdown costs in Oil Industry

Axiom was called in to investigate failures of cage slips within the oil industry, a situation that had happened on several occasions and was clearly of great concern....

Cooling Water Pump Case Study

Posted in Machines and Reliability, Environmental, Manufacturing, Process

INCREASING RELIABILITY AND EFFICENCY SAVING £16,000 P.A. IN ELECTRICITY ALONE

A cooling water pump was suffering from vibration and poor efficiency. The breakdown frequency averaged 5 months. An investigation of the machine found that the wear ring clearances were excessive leading to...

Energy Case Study

Posted in Machines and Reliability, Environmental, Process

Bioenergy: paying the price for cutting costs

Bioenergy is set to play an important role in meeting the UK’s 2050 greenhouse gas emissions targets – but some biomass operators are making expensive mistakes in their choice of materials and equipment. Several clients have found out to their cost that it pays to invest in the best green energy technology...

Heat Exchanger Case Study

Posted in Environmental, Manufacturing, Process, Marine

Heat Exchanger Analysis saves client £100,000 in extended lifetime

Axiom was invited to investigate the condition of 4 heat exchanges that were recognised to be operating beyond the original design life set by code. The immediate capital impact of the replacement of the units was in excess of £100,000 and the client was keen to establish....

Pump Shaft Case Study

Posted in Machines and Reliability, Process

Corrosion Assessment on pump shaft saves over £10k p.a.

Axiom was requested to assess the regular failure of a pump shaft on acid duty cycling that was being replaced every 3 months at a cost of around £2,000 plus downtime for each replacement. Material investigation of the shaft showed that the original specification had been for Hastelloy C276 which was clearly not delivering the expected performance and lifetime.....

Storage Tank Case Study

Posted in Environmental, Process, Marine

“Fit for Purpose” investigation saves client over £1.5m

Axiom was asked to look at a storage tank facility that was originally designed to code for storing oil-based products but was now holding hazardous chemical materials. The Health and Safety Executive had raised a concern about suitability for purpose of the tanks as a result of the significant product change.....

Sundyne Pumps Case Study

Posted in Machines and Reliability, Manufacturing, Process

£500 OF CAPITAL SPEND SAVED ABOUT £500,000 P.A.

Four Sundyne (high head low flow) machines arranged in parallel in a reactor recirculation system suffered low mean time between failures (MTBF) due to...

Supply Chain Case Study

Posted in Environmental, Manufacturing, Process, Marine

Axiom helps client improve supply chain defect

A client with a licensed process manufacturing subdivision uses substantial quantities of sub-components manufactured by 3rd party suppliers. Quality had become an issue resulting in embarrassing defects in final product and substantial costs to the manufacturer and relationship risks to all parties....