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Rust Corrosion Case study

Construction Industry, UK

Established over 60 years ago, and now one of the most recognised names in the building and civil engineering industry with a turnover in excess of £650m, the company are integral to the UK's infrastructure and increasingly part of the foundations of international markets.

The company has a large amount of costly heavy lifting equipment used to lift everything from building materials through to porta cabins and even man lifters carrying workers. This lifting gear is subject to extreme weather conditions and therefore rust and corrosion.

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Problem

After use, all lifting gear must be inspected to ensure the structural integrity of the metal before re-use. The consequences of a failure of lifting gear can be catastrophic.

The inspection regime was a manual operation using wire brushes and visual inspection of the chains, shackles and pulleys. This inspection regime was time consuming and inefficient as many parts were scrapped prematurely due to the inability to inspect thoroughly.

Solution

Immersion of the lifting gear in X-Rust 7 for 24 hours allows for a much more accurate visual inspection. X-Rust 7 removes rust from all crevices to clearly reveal any structural faults.

Result

Improved inspection regime

Cost reduction on chain and equipment wastage

Time saving - no more manual scrubbing to remove rust with wire brushes

Image & user confidence - impression of well maintained equipment on site. Parts could be painted following de-rusting.

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