Bridge Upgrade Cylinder FAT

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Progress continues with our latest lifting bridge project in the South East of the UK.

The FES team had a recent early Saturday morning visit to witness our supplier’s first phase Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) of a pair of 6m lift cylinders. The cylinders were operated through their full stroke, subject to an assembly inspection, dimensionally checked and pressure tested to 350 bar. Following this they were then painted prior to fitting of pipework and manifolds. The second phase FAT comprised a full assembly test and site preparation, including set up of transducers and relieve valves. These were then signed off and prepared for JIT delivery to site.

This was the final stage in the design and manufacture phase before establishing site as principal contractor and commencing the bridge upgrade works As well as replacement lifting cylinders and upgrade to the hydraulic controls, the works also include enhancements to the control and bridge safety systems.  These included  additional sensing equipment and the replacement of the existing hard-wired control desk, with a new touch screen control console.

These works have been delivered collaboratively with our sister company Fairfield Control Systems, allowing us to provide a full turnkey managed project.

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