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Webinar Spotlight Interview with Derek Vanek

A conversation with Derek Vanek, Technical Manager at SIFCO ASC.

Derek Vanek is the Technical Manager at SIFCO ASC and the author of various published technical articles. During his 30 years at SIFCO ASC, he has worked in sales, training, project management, and marketing. Derek received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University, after serving 5 years in the Navy.

What do you hope the audience will learn from this webinar?

I hope they will gain an understanding of brush plating and its capabilities, and specifically, that brush plating is an option worth consideration for groove repair applications.

What discussions do you look forward to having with the audience?

I am really looking forward to discussing their individual application needs. SIFCO ASC excels at identifying application issues and providing custom solutions.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Being exposed to a broad range of industries and the technology that drives them.

How did you get into the industry?

Selective plating was an ancillary technology that I got involved with during my time as a Navy machinery repairman (machinist).

Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

Anywhere in the outdoors where there are forests, lakes, rivers, mountains to explore.

Derek Vanek will present a webinar entitled Innovative Applications for Plating in Grooves‘ on the 7th November at 3PM London/10AM New York

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Extending Service Life: How your Oil and Gas Equipment Can Benefit from Brush Plating

In the oil and gas industry, equipment operates in harsh environments. Components expected to withstand wear, corrosion, fluctuations in temperature and pressure, and operators need repair solutions that can be completed in as little time as possible – producing outstanding results which can keep the components protected from further damage.

SIFCO ASC has perfected a process which can repair large components such as BOP assembly components, tubing hanger bodies, inner mandrels, cylinders, casings, riser joints, and more. Some without the need for disassembly.

The SIFCO Process® of selective plating is unique. It’s a portable method of electroplating localized areas without the use of an immersion tank. The deposit is applied to worn or damaged areas to resize, repair or improve the performance of the component. The extremely adherent deposits are applied uniformly and accurately, in some cases eliminating the need for post machining. What’s more, SIFCO ASC’s experienced and qualified workforce hold certifications to work on oil platforms, allowing for quick deployment when needed.

The SIFCO Process® is highly regarded in the oil and gas industry and used on many OEM and repair applications. While all deposits are applied in strict adherence to any specification or quality requirement, the process already meets specifications from FMC, GE Oil & Gas, Halliburton, Schlumberger, Tenaris-Hydril, Vallourec and VAM.

SIFCO ASC is equipped to support the industry and reduce the threat of corrosion while meeting the key challenges of extending equipment life, reducing downtime and reducing operating costs.

To extend your equipment’s service life, or if you would like more information on our oil and gas services, visit our webpage. Contact us today at 800-765-4131 or [email protected].

Extending the service life of oil and gas equipment is a constant job. If there was a way to prevent corrosion, restore dimensions, and even fill pits and defects, wouldn’t you be interested? Find out what that solution is, on our blog.

Join SIFCOS Live Webinar “Innovative Applications for Plating in Grooves” on 7 November at 3PM London/10AM New York

Innovations in Groove Plating

The oil and gas market is making a strong comback after the downturn starting in 2014. After the restrictions were lifted on the four-decades long ban on oil exports in the beginning of 2016, the US witnessed a substantial increase in the demand for exported oil. Now with the expansion of the the output-cut deal between OPEC and other major producers extended until the end of 2018, the US oil benchmark has risen significantly. Crude oil prices have seen a steady climb in the past 12 months topping out at $80.50 per barrel. Many of the major oil firms like, Chevron, BP, Shell, and Total S.A. have recorded year-over-year growth in their top and bottom lines, with earnings likely to rise an additional 10-12% as upstream capital spending and the global rig count continue to increase.

With a positive outlook for the oil and gas market comes investment in new capital equipment, as well as refurbishment of old equipment to ensure the maximum lifetime value. With rigs operating sometimes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the constant wear and fatigue on the equipment causes corrosion, galling threads, ineffective seals, or worse. One component that experiences such wear is the hydraulic cylinder on a blow out preventor. The o-ring on the hydraulic cylinder provides a fundamental corrosion protection if it maintains proper dimension.

But what do you do when your o-ring groove is out of dimension or damaged? Reaching these unique areas is not practical for your typical surface finishing techniques such as tank plating. In order to remain competitve, one must look for innovative ways to reduce costs while simultaneously reducing downtime and keep their equipment running longer.

Join us in our live webinar on November 7 at 3pm London/ 10am New York to learn about your options for plating grooves, receeses, keyways, threads, and other difficult to access areas.

Depending on the purpose of your groove, multiple deposits can be plated. Corrosion protection, interference fits, anti-galling, or re-sizing from over- or mis-machining can all be plated to your required dimensions without the need for disassembly or post-machining. You’ll understand the importance of proper groove maintainance and the consequences if these are not maintained.

SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts is the global leader in the selective plating industry. Servicing the oil and gas industry for over 20 years, more MRO and OEM facilities depend on SIFCO ASC than any other plating specialist for job shop and on-site plating services. When timing is critical and you want it done right the first time, you contact SIFCO ASC. Register today for this unique opportunity to learn about your options for a custom plating operation designed to solve your o-ring groove problems.

Tune into SIFCO’s Live Webinar “Innovative Applications for Plating in Grooves”  on 7 November at 3PM/10AM New York