The Hidden Truths Of Heat Treatment

Superheat SmartWay™ Saves Refinery 40% on Vessel Labor

Introduction

Superheat 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.

Background

A 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 Solution

The 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.

Results

Superheat 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.