Emerging Tech/Additive Manufacturing Track


Accelerating Adoption of Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance
Steven Trevino, Sprint Robotics
The SPRINT Robotics Collaborative drives visibility to significant gaps where technology can be leveraged to fill the gap. Significant opportunities are addressed by first identifying the issue, developing solutions, qualifying and validation its performance, performing on-site trials, and comparing results versus the traditional method. Our Action Groups (AG) facilitate this process to author industry best practice documents aimed at eliminating significant barriers for deployment. This presentation will highlight our recently released guidelines, and provide updates on our Strategic Roadmap, Robotic Comparison Reports, and our first Standardized Test Methods in collaboration with NIST.

ASME Code Acceptance of Additive Manufacturing
Ben Sprengard, Enerfab and Rick Sutherlin, Sutherlin Consulting
Enerfab, Sciaky, and Sutherlin Consulting are currently requesting an ASME Section VIII Code Case for using Titanium for pressure boundary parts using the Electron Beam Direct Energy Deposition Wire Fed Additive Manufacturing Process. The presentation will demonstrate why the Code Case is important to the industry, the process for requesting the Code Case, and applications for Electron Beam DED. We will also describe the Electron Beam DED process and its advantages.

Fuse Ring Welding
Paul Cheng, FuseRing.com
Joining metal w/ no heat affected zone has been proven. Accepted into ASME IX code case. Characteristic is fine grained base to base, no fusion line (not friction). No residual stress. Resist embrittlement. Weld OD, ID in uniform compression. Technique opens new branch of manufacturing with one limitation. One part is stationary, the other half rotates. How do you join the last joint. Resolution: Technique can be applied for flat, curved and tubular geometry. Especially cladded pipe. One major area for exploration is joining thick sections of aluminum.

Lessons from COVID: Virtual QA Inspections to Increase Efficiency, Saving Time and Money
Pete Philippon and Lindsey Yungen, Tricor Metals
Tricor Metals has worked, during the last 18 months of the Covid19 pandemic, with some of our customers to develop a new way to facilitate these meetings and inspections -- a way that does not require face-to-face, in-person meetings. With the new virtual platforms (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.), it is now possible to conduct meetings with customers/inspectors in multiple sites without the need for extensive travel and waste of time. This presentation will discuss some of the ways that Tricor Metals has worked with a CPI company and the ASME inspectors to meet everyone’s obligations for ensuring quality while being more efficient -- saving time and money. The discussion will begin with kickoff meetings and specification reviews and work all of the way thru the final detailed inspection including hydro or other non-destructive testing required of a CPI fabrication. As these new methods become more developed and standardized, they will result in a significant savings to all of the parties involved in the QA inspection of fabrications.

Revolutionary Technology for Surface Cleaning
Tracy Anderson, Sonomatic
Patented laser technology clears away undesired material from a solid surface by irradiating it with a laser beam and preparing the surface for Visual Inspection, Non-destructive testing and maintenance requirements. By absorbing the energy of the laser beam, the molecules of the targeted material are excited very quickly, making it break apart and ablate or vaporize off the surface. As the surface below does not absorb any energy, it remains unaltered. Cleaning with a laser means there are no chemicals involved, no danger of this type of cleaning doing any harm to the parent material. Any hazardous waste left from the ablation process (microns) is contained and filtrated via our HEPA and Active Carbon filtration system.

RFID Technology for Wear Monitoring of Non-metallic Pipes
Soon Moon, Syncrude Canada
Due to excellent wear performance and corrosion resistance, the use of non-metallic pipe components has increased in Canadian oil sands and examples include rubber hoses and elastomer-lined pipes. Monitoring of the remaining liner thickness is critical in pipeline integrity management; however, the current wear monitoring technologies in use have limited capabilities, causing operational and maintenance challenges. Syncrude Canada Ltd. developed a novel wear monitoring technology using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. This wear monitoring concept was successfully demonstrated in the lab and in the field. Syncrude Canada Ltd. has been collaborating with National Research Council of Canada to develop a remote RFID wear monitoring system. This presentation covers monitoring principles, lab and field trials, and lessons learned throughout the development process.