Emergencies rarely occur at convenient times. Indeed, it was a Friday night around 9:30 pm when we learned of just such an emergency. It was a collapsed deaerator tank forcing the shutdown of a boiler and having a serious negative impact on production.
The RECO team didn’t wait for Monday morning. We kicked into high gear and put a plan of action into place that took advantage of our ability to get jobs done under any and all circumstances. By Saturday morning a RECO Engineer and a Boilermaker Superintendent had traveled the 200 miles and were on site, committed to finding the quickest possible fix. By noon we had approval from the customer to proceed with our plan, starting with demolition.
Normally it would be a painstaking process to replace this type of tank situated on the SIXTH FLOOR. Complicating matters, two smaller tanks were structurally supported by the very same tank we had to replace.
Our creative approach was to coordinate with the customer in opening a hole in the roof so a crane could be positioned to assist in quickly extricating pieces of the collapsed tank and putting the parts for the new one into place. To further speed up the time line we transported the two required 10 foot diameter heads as well as the required material from our existing stock, staging the flatbed truck to arrive precisely upon completion of the demolition.
Working around the clock the demolition was completed during the same week and the new tank was built, tested and stress relieved in less than two weeks.
We believe that all those involved in this project came away with two major realizations.
- First, as important as it was to get this job done quickly, job site safety was never compromised.
- Second, the only way to get this type of job done quickly and efficiently is by working well as a team. This goes not only for RECO but also for the way RECO works with industrial customers.