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Sulzer celebrates new laser metal deposition facility with a customer event at their Houston Service Center

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Sulzer celebrates new laser metal deposition facility with a customer event at their Houston Service Center

By: Sulzer

Sulzer has commemorated the opening of its state-of-the-art laser metal deposition (LMD) facility at the Houston Service Center in La Porte, Texas, by holding an exclusive customer event. Attendees were treated to private tours of this advanced additive manufacturing process with Sulzer experts on hand to explain the multiple benefits for turbomachinery repair and upgrade projects.

Sulzer celebrates new laser metal deposition facility with a customer event at their Houston Service Center

The event was launched by Darayus Pardivala, President of Sulzer Services, Americas and then followed by an introduction of LMD services available, benefits and applications by Michael Andrepont and Alonzo Oritz.

As a market-leading independent service provider for rotating equipment with a global service center network, Sulzer is an expert in the maintenance and upgrade of turbomachinery. To further complement the complete, around-the-clock service offered by the Houston Service Center, Sulzer’s HICoat Division is now offering LMD services for a wide variety of materials. The division has delivered specialized coating solutions for rotating equipment for over 25 years.

In the past, customers requiring turbine repairs would rely on either thermal spray or submerged arc welding. LMD fills the gap between these two solutions, allowing Sulzer specialists to overcome traditional limitations regarding processing time, heat input, bond strength and material build-up. The process also greatly reduces dilution and distortion while almost eliminating any requirement for post-weld heat treatment procedures. LMD creates a metallurgical bond that ensures excellent bonding with parent materials and increased consistency of material density – ideal for challenging rotor or shaft repairs.

Sulzer celebrates new laser metal deposition facility with a customer event at their Houston Service Center (2)

During the day, attendees were treated to private tours of this advanced additive manufacturing process with Sulzer experts on hand to explain the multiple benefits for turbomachinery repair and upgrade projects.

Darayus Pardivala, President of Sulzer Services, Americas, said: “We were thrilled to have our customers join us for this grand opening event, and our experts were especially excited to talk with them about this new capability. By adding this LMD facility to our Houston Service Center, we can enhance quality and reduce lead times – delivering an innovative alternative to conventional coating and welding options. Ultimately, this will further support our commitment to improving the uptime and service life of our customers’ equipment.”

Darayus launched the grand opening event with a welcoming speech to attendees. This was followed by an introduction of LMD services at Sulzer from Michael Andrepont, Gas Turbine Business Development Leader, and an overview of LMD benefits and applications by Alonzo Ortiz, Superintendent for HICoat Division. Visitors then enjoyed lunch with giveaways and a raffle.

About Sulzer
Sulzer is a global leader in fluid engineering. We specialize in pumping, agitation, mixing, separation and application technologies for fluids of all types. Our customers benefit from our commitment to innovation, performance and quality and from our responsive network of 180 world-class production facilities and service centers across the globe. Sulzer has been headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, since 1834. In 2020, our 15’000 employees delivered revenues of CHF 3.3 billion. Our shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: SUN). www.sulzer.com. The Pumps Equipment division specializes in pumping solutions specifically engineered for the processes of our customers. We provide pumps, agitators, compressors, grinders and screens developed through intensive research and development in fluid dynamics and advanced materials. We are a market leader in pumping solutions for water, oil and gas, power, chemicals and most industrial segments.

Throughout the Americas, Sulzer provides cutting-edge parts as well as maintenance and repair solutions for pumps, turbines, compressors, motors and generators. We service our own original equipment as well as third-party rotating equipment operated by our customers. Our technology-based solutions maximize reliability and lifecycle cost effectiveness.

For more information on Sulzer, visit www.sulzer.com

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