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High-speed filling and world-class service

CASE:

Customer

SHV Gàs, Brazil

The customer's challenge

Increased demand for gas in the Rio de Janeiro area but no space for expansion of filling plant.

Our solution

Flexspeed high-capacity filling technology plus a KC service agreement to ensure the long-term sustainability of the solution.

The outcome

  • Increased filling capacity
  • Lower costs per unit due to reduced consumption of utilities and less staff
  • Conformity with new safety regulations
  • Reduction of gas leaks
  • Increased product quality due to longer test time for check weighing and leak detection
  • Increased personnel safety due to 100% automatic filling and less manual handling
  • Improved uptime and output

Scope of supply 

  • 1 Flexspeed carrousel
  • 1 electronic filling carrousel for industrial cylinders
  • 2 electronic filling carrousels for domestic cylinders
  • 1 KC service contract

 

The world's first Flexspeed plant became a reality in Rio de Janeiro in 2009 as a solution to SHV Gas' need for more capacity. A KC service agreement ensures the long-term sustainability of the project. Because of an increase in the demand for gas in the Rio de Janeiro area, SHV Gas in Brazil was forced to increase the filling capacity for both domestic and industrial cylinders at their Rio plant. However, due to new safety regulations established by the authorities, the increase had to come without expanding the existing filling plant.

Flexspeed proved to be the ideal solution, so SHV decided to install a traditional carrousel for industrial cylinders, two traditional carrousels for domestic cylinders, and one Flexspeed carrousel at the plant.

Supported by a KC service agreement

Automatic solutions are like computers; in time they tend to develop minor defects, which may cause them to slow down. In a filling plant this may mean that the capacity is reduced by 20-30% over time.

Already familiar with Kosan Crisplant's service concept from other plants, SHV chose to outsource the task of maintaining the new equipment to Kosan Crisplant in order to ensure that the new plant would continue to perform at its best. And since the service agreement took effect from the moment the plant was put into operation, the warranty on the plant was also prolonged.

Flexspeed carrousel SHV Brazil W500H315

Kosan Crisplant's service team ensured that everything worked well during the start-up phase, when the plant was put into operation, and made sure that the customer’s operators were trained in the operation of the plant. Today a team of 6 KC technicians and 1 supervisor take care of the daily service of all the equipment on the four filling lines.

Guaranteed capacity

Maintenance requiring that the production is stopped, takes place at night or on Sundays, when the plant in general is at a standstill. Furthermore, once a year, a performance test is carried out, similar to the one performed when the plant is handed over to the customer.

In accordance with the service agreement, Kosan Crisplant performs an annual performance test, guaranteeing the same filling capacity as when the plant was handed over to SHV, i.e. 4000 cylinders per hour.