|Here are just two
ways that we have solved problems for our satisfied customers.
Problem: Standard repairs on a steam
deaerator at a large paper mill would have caused several days of
outage and cost several $100,000's. The paper company suggested
using a lower cost alternative that would also avoid incurring down
time. Their insurer, however, refused to approve the alternative
repair. It required evidence that the alternative would meet
Solution: We prepared various finite
element analysis models and examined the system's peak stresses.
Our results demonstrated that the alternative, cost-effective procedure
would meet safety needs. After an additional independent
evaluation, the insurer approved the alternative
Benefit: The mill saved time and money.
Problem: For an improvement project, a
manufacturer had to gather dust samples from a boiler flue. The
planned system was cumbersome and expensive.
Upon evaluation, we also found that the design would be
ineffective. We proposed a design for an alternative sample
extraction system and guided its fabrication.
Our design worked. It had minimal impact on the mill's
operations - and saved the manufacturer thousands of dollars.
Kleinfeld, P.E., has received corporate performance awards for
creative, cost-effective process engineering, and for U.S. patents.