Spare parts made by printer
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Spare parts made by printer

March 15, 2021

The procedure significantly reduces the time for equipment repair and replacement of consumables.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. At Bystrinsky ore mining and processing plant (OMPP), the industrial automation control laboratory was equipped with a modern 3D printer, on which plastic parts for equipment are printed. According to Nornickel, the company used to order spare parts from manufacturers, and that extended the time of repairs.

“Raise 3D Pro2 Plus is the best large format 3D printer in its class. It allows you to print parts of the most complex configuration with a maximum size of 30 by 30 centimeters and a height of up to 60 centimeters. These are instrument cases, various knobs of switches, selectors and other plastic parts”, said Nikolay Shchapov, an electronic engineer of the industrial automation control at the Bystrinskoye mining company.

Parts printed on the 3D printer are not worse in quality to analogues on the market. Today they are already used at the processing plant, the site of auxiliary shops and in other divisions of the OMPP. The printer is not yet used at full capacity: all equipment at the enterprise is new and rarely breaks down.

The 3D printer is easy to operate, there is no shortage of filament (the material used to refill the cartridge), and in order to manufacture a part, engineers send a task with a product model directly from the workplace, no presence in the laboratory is required.

As the head of the industrial automation department Maxim Zhalnin noted, the laboratory is equipped with other unique equipment for diagnostics and repair of complex electronics. This significantly reduces the need to send faulty devices to specialized centers, which are mostly located in the European part of Russia.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: nornickel.ru

March 15, 2021

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