Wire Erosion – Bar Production
Project Name: Wire Erosion – Bar Production
Industry Sector: Subsea
Type of Work: Wire Erosion
Our clients needed a bar to be wire eroded to the required diameter from a larger round bar. You can see, from the photograph included, the initial size of the round bar and the number of smaller round bars that we wire eroded from this. This was necessary because the material availability was not possible at the diameter required. The required diameter was also very expensive due to availability.
The material that we were working with was Inconel 625 forged billets. This superalloy is ideal for use in the subsea industry as it can withstand high stress and a wide range of temperatures both in and out of water.
For our client, wire eroding the bar involved a shorter time scale, rather than having to wait for the suitable material size to become available. This inevitably saved our client both time and money. It was also more cost effective to have the correct diameter of bar wire eroded rather than having to use an oversized bar. This again was more cost effective as there was less waste especially when it is an expensive material!
Work Carried Out:
At Cheshire Wire Erosion we invest in industry leading technology. Using the Sodick AG600L and Sodick AG600LH we were able to wire erode the more readily available large round Inconel bar into 5 smaller round bars that met the required measurements of our client. Using the AG600LH we were able to extend the capacity to 500mm thick.
When we create a subsea component such as in this instance 5 bars, we ensure that they meet with subsea certifications.