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John Crane UK Ltd has opened an Oil and Gas Support Unit in Aberdeen. The unit will house full sales and service facilities for both mechanical seals and gas seals. Colin Ure, General Manager of John Crane UK, said: “The facilities we had previously were already able to deliver in-depth support. However our new facility enables us to tailor our activities more closely to meet the changing needs of our oil and gas customers. Our aim is to become the automatic provider of choice for North Sea operators, and the new facility will certainly help us move towards that aim.”
New, purpose-built training facilities have also been created. “Although the focus will be on the type of training that is specifically tailored to the needs of North Sea operators, the new facilities will make the full range of John Crane training courses available to all our customers,” Ure added.
The new building will also house John Crane’s new Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) service team. Designed to help customers achieve greater reliability, improved uptime and lower maintenance costs, the CBM service centers on a series of data capture, transmission and analysis operations. These allow rotating and other process equipment to be continuously monitored so that detailed operating and performance data can be gathered. This can then be used to tailor preventative maintenance schedules to individual items of process or plant, thus dramatically improving the detection of developing faults and so increasing uptime.