Replacement HOLZ expansion joint improves turbine performance at power plantApril 20, 2018 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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HOLZ Rubber Company is a major American manufacturer of industrial products, including the highest-quality expansion joints available on the market. Available in Canada from Northern Industrial Supply Company (NISCO), this diverse line of products ranges from the Aramid fabric expansion joint to metallic, elastomer, and other options.
With technical know-how, extensive industry expertise, top manufacturing capabilities, and first-rate client service, HOLZ works closely with customers to make sure they always get the perfect solutions for their requirements. There have been many times when the manufacturer has come to the rescue when a company was having technical problems. One example happened a little more than a year ago, when a power-generation plant was having trouble with a gas turbine.
A new fabric expansion joint
The problem was that a fibreglass reinforced expansion joint was failing inside the turbine. It was causing cracks and tears near the corners, which were resulting in significant air loss to the turbine while it was operating. The air inlet, in turn, was leading to major inefficiency in the operation, which could have led to a significant loss in costs. Something had to be done, and done immediately.
To solve the problem, the company turned to the HOLZ team.
Using its expertise and access to a wide range of powerful products, HOLZ advised the firm to replace the current fibreglass reinforced expansion joint with an Aramid reinforced fabric expansion joint. The HOLZ team knew right away that the Aramid product would be more effective, because it is stronger and denser than fibreglass, so it would last far longer in this particular application.
The power company took HOLZ’s advice, and the results were even better than the client imagined – so much so that the plant immediately replaced every fibreglass expansion joint in every turbine with an Aramid fabric expansion joint. Today, the plant’s turbines are running as efficiently as ever.
That is the kind of difference a company can get with HOLZ expansion joints from NISCO. Designed for standard, maximum, and ultra-high movement scenarios, these highly reliable joints exceed all efficiency expectations.
For more information, contact NISCO.