ZRE Katowice has a rich 60-year tradition in the area of repairs and regeneration of: boilers, turbines, auxiliary equipment and production of spare parts for power plants and CHP plants. They also specialize in the production of pipelines and provide renovating services for other industries.
The use of 3D scanning in their quality control department enabled precise measuring of steam turbine blades. By using the eviXscan 3D Heavy Duty scanner that scanning process can take place under conditions too harsh for other measuring devices. Our specially designed Heavy Duty scanner lets them scan in almost any environmental conditions.
Because they can perform quality control in the repair and production hall, time and the associated costs have been reduced by 150%. Detailed results of quality control are presented in the form of colour deviation maps. Thanks to the accuracy of these reports the Quality Control department is able to correlate the impact of working time to the level of erosion rate of steam turbine blades. This allows the company to optimally use its production capabilities for better planning of manufacturing and repair services.
Reverse engineering & rapid prototyping
Thanks to 3D scanning and precise quality control, the R&D department now has the ability to recover CAD models from used steam and gas turbines blades. After recreating a CAD model, the company produces a new replacement in the factory tooling department or performs a remodelling process to improve the part performance and wear resistance.
In this way, through the use of an eviXscan 3D solution, ZRE Katowice has expanded its range of services and products. Being able to offer repairing and improving of worn parts generates an additional profit of 60 000 € per year.