Voith Digital Solutions, York, Pa., and Turbine Technology Services (TTS) recently joined forces to add an actuator, governor and turbomachinery test stand at the TTS facility in Houston. The new workshop allows for the convenient support and service for actuators used in the oil and gas industry, said Voith officials.
The test stand has been up-and-running for over a month, explained Thad Berry, sales account manager, Voith Digital Solutions. “Having a local, certified team of trained technicians means a lot to our Houston customers. They want a local support network that understands the actuators and their applications with the proper equipment, tools and expertise to perform critical maintenance and emergency repairs.”
The Houston test stand is essentially about creating convenience for Voith’s customers, Berry added. “Actuators can be delivered directly from the field to Voith, reducing the workload and time involved with shipping. That, in turn, means that repairs and maintenance can be completed faster, allowing for shorter outages,” Berry said.
Customers also have immediate access to Voith’s dedicated actuator team, which offers engineering and service expertise. Further, because Voith actuators are often embedded in products made by other companies, the Houston location allows for direct assistance in the field.
The test stand is more than an OEM repair shop. It has all the needed diagnostic and testing equipment to optimize actuators for field use. The test stand is also available for customer training, saving the expense of sending Houston-area employees across the country for instructional time.
“We loved the idea of bringing Voith into our shop,” said Frank Hoegler, TTS vice president. “What’s great is that TTS doesn’t compete with Voith, but we share a lot of mutual clients, so it’s a win-win situation for us and our customers.”
Among the advantages and benefits to the oil and gas industry, Voith said its actuators reduce the overall complexity of control systems, resulting in increased reliability and online time. They’re built for high control speed and precision, which provides stable and quality processes. And the company now has certified technicians located in all key market areas, which boosts the company’s readiness to repair, refurbish and service actuators while minimizing potential customer downtime.
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