Sometimes it’s nice to take a look at why you are doing what you do!
We had to fit a new network switch today in one of our customer sites. It had to be done on a Saturday when only a skeleton staff were in as the whole network was to be taken down.
Once replaced we had a walk around to make sure all the machines were back online and full network restored.
We also had an interesting look at what our customer was making.
Some of the machinery in the plant was open and we were able to see in. This large machine takes a program carefully designed by an engineer and using various drill bits cuts out the required parts to shape.
These are blocks of Inconel – one of the world’s toughest materials. Inconel alloys are oxidation-corrosion-resistant materials well suited for service in extreme environments subjected to pressure and heat. When heated, Inconel forms a thick, stable, passivating oxide layer protecting the surface from further attack. Inconel retains strength over a wide temperature range, attractive for high-temperature applications where aluminum and steel would succumb to creep as a result of thermally induced crystal vacancies. These properties make it perfect for the oil and gas industry and aircraft parts!
From these blocks of Inconel above come these pieces of tubes for oil wells. We believe these are for capping oil wells.
These are some kind of flow valves for the aviation industry.
More flow valves for the aviation industry.
It really is quite amazing how detailed these parts are and how accurately they are made – the precision was almost unfathomable!
Just think the next time you are on a flight, parts from this factory might be in your aircraft AND the engines might be lubricated with oil from a well the Inconel parts were made for AND it’s all managed from computers on a network cabled to a network switch JSE Computing installed today!