With an eye on growth and a salute to its past, MAN Energy Solutions (MAN ES) has opened a new US headquarters and Gulf Coast service center at 1758 Twinwood Pkwy in Brookshire, Texas. Located 30 miles (48 km) west of Houston, the 130,000-sq.ft. (12,077-m2) facility combines engine and turbomachinery repair operations, which were formerly located at two different sites.
“For the first time, all our technical expertise and service competencies for both turbomachinery and reciprocating engines are united under one roof,” said Tony Ruegger, managing director of MAN Energy Solutions USA. “This new set-up will allow us to be more efficient and provide a broader range of services than before. Our customers will benefit from the added capabilities and the improved equipment of this new state-of-the-art workshop.”
The Brookshire facility is staffed by more than 140 employees who are responsible for providing technical support and field service to customers in the oil and gas, petrochemical, marine, and power generation industries in North America.
“We have reinforced our commitment to meet the present and future needs of our customers by opening a new and expanded US headquarters,” said Wayne Jones OBE, chief sales officer and member of the executive board at MAN ES. “This is a significant step towards our ambition to grow our market share in this region. We have served our customers in North America for over 70 years and, as a company, we have been serving our global customers for much longer. We have reflected some of our history in the building address. 1758 was the year our company was founded.”
The service shop encompasses more than 100,000 sq.ft. (929 m2) and combines engine and turbomachinery repair capabilities. “The shop has been set up so that we have an integrated workflow,” said Ruegger. “There is not a turbo side and a diesel side. We have one workshop and one set of assets that we are able to utilize in a way that maximizes their advantages.”
The shop is divided into two areas, a high bay and a low bay. The high bay is equipped with a 50-ton (45-tonne) capacity crane and two 10-ton (9-tonne) capacity cranes, each with a 35-ft. (10.6-m) hook height. The low bay utilizes three 10-ton capacity cranes, each with a 25-ft. (7.6-m) hook height. Larger components will be serviced in the high bay, with smaller equipment being repaired in the low bay.
The facility is equipped with technology and machine tools needed for complex repairs. Service capabilities include low-speed rotor balancing up to 100,000 lbs. (45,359 kg), non-destructive testing, 3-D optical scanning, vertical rotor stacking, sub-arc and MIG welding, cylinder liner laser measurement, cylinder head valve and seat cutting, ultrasonic cleaning, and more.
The facility has been designed for growth. Already on the horizon, the facility will be home to North America’s largest laser cladding cell this fall. “We are currently working with our team in Oberhausen to bring laser cladding technology to Brookshire,” said Ruegger. “Laser cladding describes a welding repair method in which a precision laser is used for maintenance and repair of rotors, impellers and blades suffering from wear and corrosion. The technology was implemented in 2010 and replaced the traditional method of thermal spraying. We are very excited to bring this technology to the US. When completed in this fall, we will have the biggest laser cladding facility in North America. This will be a game changer in how we repair rotors.”