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Additive manufacturing is the process in which three-dimensional objects are added one layer at a time and successive layers bond the previous layer. This allows us to create new and more complex designs that were not possible with traditional manufacturing methods.
Simple Bill of Material of the conversion kit. No detailed top assembly drawing will be provided.
Our focus is to re-use the actuator which is an integral part of our engineered solution.
Additive manufacturing allows us to use the volumetric space much more efficiently. This allows us to provide a disk stack that is up to 40% smaller so that it can fit into an existing competitor valve body.
We are reviewing the actuator capabilities and designs as part of every trim upgrade during the proposal phase related to the applicable force and stroke. Should any actuator performance issues arise, we will certainly support the evaluation, recommendation, and resolution of such.
We are offering a 12/18 months (18 months from time of shipment, 12 months from time of installation) workmanship warranty on the trim parts. Please contact your salesperson for any other warranty related questions.
We provide very rapid lead times for our Retrofit3D solutions. Please check with our sales team for specific lead times.
The valve size, application and type of conversion kit will determine the time to install and calibrate the kit. The overall installation is targeted to be in line with past regular maintenance cycles on the valve.
We have many different solutions available in wide size range. Please contact us for specific requests to evaluate the best design for you.
Existing parts can be sent to our factory, or we can come onsite to measure parts from inventory to ensure a drop-in replacement solution can be engineered and installed.
There are scenarios where no parts are required for measurements. Please contact us for more details.
Yes, depending on the process requirements, additive manufactured parts may be used in an O&G facility. We have many additive manufactured parts already installed in several O&G facilities around the globe. Please contact us for a more detailed evaluation.
DRAG® technology trim addresses the root cause of many control valves that simple, drill hole (cage) trims cannot. The DRAG® velocity control solution will be incorporated in the existing cage geometry. Furthermore, additive manufacturing methodologies can enhance the flow control accuracy and materials compared to the original trim material which can additionally prolong trim life.
Certificate of Conformance indicating chemical properties of the powder can be provided for additive manufactured parts. Additional certifications like tensile strength, hardness and impact test are available upon request.
Several types of materials are available for additive manufacturing. We will select the most appropriate and well-proven material for the specific application to increase reliability and performance of the valve installed.
With our 12 years of additive manufacturing experience and our over 50 years of control valve expertise in the most severe service applications for many industries, material selection and tolerance design aspects are one of IMI CE’s core competencies.
Yes, please contact IMI for details.
We highly recommend utilizing our field service technicians for the installation. Based on the current circumstance with possible site visit restrictions in place, alternative support can be evaluated. Please contact us for more details.
Yes and no. Where existing soft goods can be used, such as packing and interface gaskets (e.g. valve body to seat gasket, bonnet gasket), IMI CE will design the trim to do so. We will provide any gaskets that are part of our assembly (e.g. gasket between disk stack and seat ring and balance seal). If such soft goods are not in stock at the plant, we will be happy to include it in the provided solution.
The body, bonnet and actuator will be reused.
Customers need to have new soft goods in place for our service engineer to be able to install the conversion kit. If they are not available, soft goods can be provided as part of the trim kit if informed ahead of time.
A retrofit kit will include all parts to replace the valve internals with the goal to improve performance and reliability. Depending on the valve design and engineered solution, the parts required might vary but will be clearly specified and documented.
Replicators provide copies of the existing parts and do nothing to improve the performance or operation of your severe and semi-severe valves. A Retrofit3D engineered solution addresses the core issues in your current installation like flashing, cavitation, erosion, noise, and/or vibration.