Large Prototyping! Robson Paves the Way
Many companies produce new goods for the open market but has anyone thought where these products come from and how they are tested? Way before production begins it is crucial to carry out extensive research and development, checking for any design problems and ironing these out at prototype stage.
But, when prototypes are over 40 metres high, 24 metres in length and have assembled parts that weigh in excess of 50 tonnes, this stage is not always straightforward. Consider the space needed, the transport and lifting capacity required, plus the skill and experience to handle such loads.
This is where Sheffield based handling company, Robson stand out among the competition, with the capability to manufacture prototypes for third party designers as well as product development well before the final production stage begins.
Working very closely with clients, Robson experts use their extensive knowledge of mechanical engineering to resolve issues that are discovered during the prototype build, helping the client reconfigure, adapt or change parts or designs that are problematic.
Working within all industries, Robson has found the Offshore and Oil Exploration industry to be the one that leads in prototypes as it strives to find safer, cleaner and leaner ways to extract existing and discover new oil fields.
One such prototype project was the fabrication and build of a main bridge section for a gantry crane, for use on an oil rig, swiftly followed by an order for a Drill Pipe Handling Gantry Crane. Both new concepts that had to undergo rigorous performance and acceptance testing.
The Drill Pipe Handling Gantry Crane, plays a critical role within a deep sea oil rig drilling system, ensuring that the drill pipes, up to 12 metres in length and weighing up to four tonnes, are transferred safely to and from the drilling platform.
The system, destined for the Norwegian Oil Fields, had to undergo stringent testing to meet complex standards for the Norwegian Oil Industry (Norsok). Because of the oil rig being a dangerous environment, the pipe handler also had to meet the European ATEX Standards for Potentially Explosive Atmospheres.
Robson has a number of years’ experience of ATEX, with many conveying systems designed and built for the explosive gas and dust environments found in the power generation and sugar industries.
Using complex design drawings and specifications, Robson fabricated and built the pipe handler system to the requirements of the customer. The complex build posed a number of engineering challenges but with Robson's extensive engineering skills they were able to address the issues and successfully meet the needs of the client. Specifications included: NAS 6 Hydraulic Power, PLC Controlled Systems, 20 year Marine Coating.
The fabrication of the pipe handler was undertaken by Robson’s sister company, Rotherham-based RJD Engineering (www.rjd-eng.com), who ensured the structure met the critical weight limits required by the customer.
With the welding and fabrication of offshore equipment being critical, RJD undertook the task of gaining the accreditation of the British and European Standard BS EN ISO 3834. Required mainly for the Offshore and Nuclear Industries, the standard ensures companies meet the highest quality of welding, traceability and documentation.
Only a handful of UK companies currently hold the standard awarded by TWI (The Welding Institute) so this recent accreditation is testament to the Robson Group being a market leader in this field.
Robson’s Prototype, Manufacture, Assemble and Test is offered to all types of companies in all industries that need large fabricated equipment developing and testing, with the lifting capacity, space and expertise to ensure the project goals are met.
Robson Handling Technology Ltd,
Coleford Road, Sheffield, S9 5PA
Tel: +44 (0) 114 2444221
Published on LinkedIn October 2015
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