Enhancements to SPX’s proven value engineering process, including investment in new machinery, working closely with supply chains and streamlining internal processes, has enabled reductions in both the price and delivery time of the high performance CUP-BB3 pump. The company recently demonstrated the improvements by shipping a unit just 23 weeks after order placement.
ClydeUnion Pumps, an SPX brand, is synonymous with high quality, high reliability pumping solutions with particular expertise in oil & gas, petrochemical and power generation applications. Complying with the latest edition API 610 standards, the CUP-BB3 pump is an axially split, multi-stage, double volute, heavy-duty pump designed for high pressure and high speed service. The pump offers exceptional reliability in demanding applications, easy maintenance and long service intervals.
The CUP-BB3 is a proven solution with a large global installed base, particularly in downstream oil & gas applications. In response to demand, prices have been reduced through efficiency savings and lead times for this popular pump have been significantly reduced. SPX has a keen focus on meeting and exceeding customer expectations. Its expert manufacturing and project management capabilities were proven during 2014 when its ClydeUnion Pumps BB3 centre of excellence facility achieved 100% on time delivery for the CUP-BB3.
SPX has extensive experience within the oil and gas industry and the improvements made to the BB3 pump were based on its close partnership with customers and understanding of their needs. To enable it to offer these extra benefits on the CUP-BB3 range, SPX took a number of steps to improve the manufacturing process. These included shared knowledge from across its manufacturing sites, new investment in machinery and working with suppliers to ensure a more robust supply chain for key components.
Samuel Eccles, Global Product Manager for the CUP-BB3 line, commented, “SPX has a clear focus on ensuring product reliability. Any improvements we can make to our product engineering, supply chain and lean manufacturing processes must absolutely ensure this is not compromised. We are equally always listening to what our customers need and striving to improve their experience in all areas of a project on a continuous basis. This pump is particularly strong in downstream applications and we are delighted with being able to offer such significant improvements to our customers in terms of both price and delivery in this important product line.”
SPX has a program of continual research and development and a long heritage of market-leading technology from other brands such as Dollinger, Plenty, Bran+Luebbe, M&J Valves and Copes-Vulcan. Its in-depth technical and manufacturing expertise combined with vast experience in upstream, midstream and downstream applications, make it a leading supplier to the oil & gas industry. Its expert engineering capabilities also include the supply of sophisticated pump packages including electric motors, gearboxes, lube oil systems, steam turbines, diesel engines, control panels and instrumentation along with foremost valve and filtration solutions.
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SPX Corporation is a global, multi-industry manufacturing leader with approximately $5 billion in annual revenue, operations in more than 35 countries and over 14,000 employees. The company’s highly specialised, engineered products and technologies are concentrated in flow technology and energy infrastructure. Many of SPX’s innovative solutions are playing a role in helping to meet rising global demand for electricity and processed foods and beverages, particularly in emerging markets. The company’s products include food processing systems for the food and beverage industry, critical flow components for oil and gas processing, power transformers for utility companies, and cooling systems for power plants. For more information, please visit www.spx.com.