Flexible welding fume extraction system in plant

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Courtesy of Plymovent Group BV

The challenge

VAM Drilling (Vallourec Mannesmann Oil & Gas Nederland BV)
is located in Heerhugowaard, the Netherlands. This facility has
been around for over 40 years.

Approximately 20 employees are turning/welding in the plant
on a daily basis. Sometimes even 24 hours a day, if projects
need to meet certain deadlines.

The welding and turning activities take place in two separate
production halls. Most work is based on projects, this means
that flexibility is extremely important. Some projects run a
couple of days, others for months. Therefore all equipment,
including the welding fume extraction system, needs to be
installed as efficient and flexible as possible.

The solution

The welders at VAM Drilling are working with a lathe, a half
automatic welding workbench. They were specifically looking
for a flexible welding fume extraction system that would suit
this specific lathe. Making the entire lathe able to reposition
easily throughout the production halls.

A combination of an electrostatic filter (EF-2002) in combination
with a UK-Plymoth extraction arm/crane was the ideal solution
for the lathe.

The electrostatic filter EF-2002 is a stationary filter unit and
removes raw metal materials and fine welding fume particles
from the air and brings clean air back into the workplace. So no
precious heated air is channelled outside.

UK-Plymoth is an all-in-one solution. The crane ensures solid
construction and the arm ensures efficient source extraction.
It is designed and built with heavy industry in mind. UK-Plymoth
reaches up to 8 meters width.

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