Kemet Offset Falling Oil and Gas Revenues
The oil and gas industries have been through a tough time over the last couple of years dealing with the dramatic fall in production revenues. The fall in the cost for energy is great news for the consumer, but poses a real challenge to the exploration and production companies.
Like all businesses, when times are tough, it’s important to look at reducing costs within the value stream. One area Kemet International have been helping oil and gas companies reduce their costs is the overhaul and repair of mechanical seals within pumps and valves.
There are many different designs of mechanical seal and a huge range of materials. When these fail there are really only 2 options, replacement or refurbish. Failures will usually be due to either wear which causes leakage, or worse, catastrophic failure. For wear Kemet can supply equipment and expertise that enable the end users or their service teams to refurbish mechanical seals on-site and at low cost. They also supply all the necessary inspection equipment including monochromatic lights and optical flats so that flatness and surface finish can be certified after refurbishment and prior to pressure testing. Kemet’s flat lapping systems can handle all mechanical seal materials from carbon to silicon carbide, and many mechanical seal manufacturers use Kemet machines and consumables during their manufacturing processes. This means you can be sure your sealing faces will be the same specification as they were from new.
Kemet can also offer systems for lapping convex or concave seal faces, a requirement that is getting more common every year. A Kemet 24 lapping and polishing machine will cost significantly less than some silicon carbide seals so if you’re looking for calmer seas during this stormy period, contact Kemet International.