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RBG innovations enhance fabric maintenance delivery

Posted: 16 May 2011

RBG has worked with a number of suppliers to improve the safety and effectiveness of a range of fabric maintenance technology.

"We are very pleased to be working with suppliers to enhance these tools which are fundamental to wide range of complex fabric maintenance services we offer," said Fraser Coull, RBG operations support director.

"We are always looking for ways to make our operations safer for our employee community and more efficient and cost-effective for our clients and these innovations deliver on both fronts."

RBG worked with MONTI and its UK distributor, Belzona Polymerics Ltd to enhance the Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) daily usage limit of MONTI’s MBX Bristle Blaster. The lightweight, handheld power tool is used widely across the industry to remove corrosion from oil and gas platforms. A new body and handle were designed to increase the HAVs usage limit from two hours to more than 12 hours, in line with the workscope requirements of many fabric maintenance projects.

The development of the Hodge Vac Blasting Recovery System, in conjunction with Hodge Clemco, was driven by RBG’s commitment to providing a safe working environment for its employees. Abrasive blasting is used to remove paint from oil and gas installations; structures coated with lead-based paint create debris and dust can cause serious health issues for the operative during this process. The new system recovers the harmful material, negating the exposure to lead in a safe, easy and efficient manner.

RBG and Hodge Clemco collaborated to develop a Wet, Dry Offshore (WDOS) abrasive blasting unit that can change function easily. Previously two separate systems were required, which could create logistical issues if the technology was being used by rope access technicians. Integrating both functions into a single unit allows the operator to work more effectively and chose the appropriate method for the job without disruption.

RBG personnel will also benefit from using new working procedures that were developed for the sampling of coating which may contain lead and lead chromate, new hearing protection and an advanced liner for the Apollo 600 blast helmet to ensure they are receiving the best protection at all times.

"The modifications and procedures were developed in direct response to feedback received over the last 12 months from our personnel and customers," said Robert Grainger, RBG technical manager.

"Our technical team has worked extremely hard to realise these improvements which will bring significant economical and environmental benefits, while delivering the same high quality results."




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