Notable Projects and Case Studies

Sabine River Pump Station

During the drought of 2011, a cooling water lake at a power plant in East Texas reached severely low levels endangering the operation of the massive generation units with the likelihood of forced outage. With a projected timeline till shut down of 60 days and no rain in the forecast, Advanced Industries worked with plant project engineering from original drawings to provide product expertise and source of supply of materials required to construct the Sabine River Pump Station. From large diameter couplings to expansion joints, flanges, cement lined steel pipe and fittings, and even a 30" flow meter manufactured in Europe, AI delivered on time and in time for the 30" water line to flow at up to 30,000 GPM, maintaining lake operating levels since.

Railcar Steam Delivery

When one of the nation’s leading railcar producers needed steam delivery for their massive linings facility, Advanced Industries product experts were called on to consult and provide products for the ground floor operation from boiler through the curing process. Working with plant personnel and primary products from Spence Engineering and Nicholson Steam Trap, AI staff provided recommendations, products and expertise to deliver steam and reduce condensate for the consistent and successful operation of steam tables, autoclaves and elastomer curing.

Chemical Plant Premium Efficiency Motors

Advanced continues to work with an East Texas Chemical plant in reviewing applications and assisting in the selection of Baldor premium efficiency severe duty cast iron motors to replace current design standard efficiency standard duty sheet steel motors in smaller horse powers. Ongoing results include reduced energy consumption, reduced downtime and maintenance in these severe duty applications.

12 Location Vendor Managed Inventory

When a large Texas chemical facility began to review its usage and requirements for tube fittings through its vendor managed inventory and capital projects group, Advanced Industries was asked to offer both its Tylok product line and VMI program proposals for consideration. After months of product testing by the end user, costs analysis, consideration of AI’s record of excellence in supply and proposed processes, the end user elected to approve Tylok products and award the overall program to Advanced. After nearly a year of serving the 12 VMI locations, product reliability, consistent availability and up-front costs, have shown thousands of dollars in savings to the plant.

LED Efficiency

After years of poor lighting, high maintenance and inefficiency, a large plastics producer called on Advanced Industries to consult with them to improve their plant lighting with specific applications and units in mind. AI through its alliance with Dialite LED products, worked with plant engineers, maintenance and capital projects supervisors to train and review the products available, determine costs versus other brand name competitor offerings, and survey the plant(s) for specific product selection. A matrix of product specific to application was developed, and the operation is continuing to show costs savings through energy efficiency, reduced maintenance, operations satisfaction and safety improvements as they continue to convert to Dialite products plant wide.

Steel Mill Drive Project

Advanced worked with ABB and a large north Texas steel mill to install drives throughout 3 mills as well as the processing and recycling areas of the plant. With as many as 56 drives needing to work in conjunction with one another, the job was very in depth and challenging. Certain parts of the application required conveyors to work in conjunction with large shearing motors as large as 750HP needing regenerative capabilities. With the experience we have on staff we were able to supply the drives mounted on panels with resistors, disconnects, fuses, etc. The drives were delivered with plug and play capabilities to work in accordance with the existing PLC’s.

Steel Mill MCC Project

Aging equipment and control is a growing concern in today’s industrial marketplace. Advanced is currently working with an area steel mill to replace aging Cutler Hammer motor control centers with new SIEMENS Arc Flash Resistant motor control centers. SIEMENS offers levels of Arc Flash Resistance that the customer can chooses based upon their needs. We are scheduled to be replacing 16 MCC’s over the next 4 years.