Superheat SmartWay™ Saves Refinery 40% on Vessel Labor
IntroductionSuperheat provided heat treatment for a large refinery determined to stay on budget & on schedule after a poor experience with a previous contractor. Using innovative technology, Superheat was able to get the project back on schedule while saving the company 40% on labor costs.
BackgroundA large refining client approached Superheat after 1 of 3 identical coker units, completed by a competitor, came in overscheduled and significantly over budget. Working closely with the client’s planning department, Superheat’s technical engineering group took the time to fully capture the scope and conduct a pre-job walk to ensure all unknowns were considered. Proper equipment was also taken into account in order to best accommodate the project.
Smart SolutionThe turnover from the wrapping process of a significant workpiece to the initial startup time can be quite timely for most heat treatment companies. Utilizing our patented Superheat SmartPak™, on-site technicians were able to troubleshoot in real-time while completing the necessary connections, avoiding costly delays due to poor diagnostics. In leveraging the Superheat SmartCenter™ to communicate, troubleshoot, and provide support for the technician’s on-site, production was maximized during the heat treatment process.
ResultsSuperheat successfully completed both coker unit scopes on schedule and with 40% labor savings. This was attributed to less manpower on-site for set up and tear down thanks to Superheat’s innovative solutions. In addition to cost savings, Superheat limited in unit exposure time by over 50%. This is no doubt a contributing factor to minimizing risk throughout the duration of both projects.