Celtic Recycling adopts diamond wire cold cutting technique demonstrating industry best practice

Over the years, whilst the basic, physical construction of a transformer has remained relatively unchanged, recent innovation and adaptation of new technology has resulted in significantly improved dismantling techniques.Traditionally, it has been common practice for oxy-propane flame cutting equipment to be used to sectionalise the transformer tank to expose the core prior to disassembly, or alternatively, to work within the cramped, confined space of the transformer tank to remove the core.Both methods carry inherent risks, which thanks to Celtic Recycling’s investment in the latest diamond wire cold cutting technology and recruitment of a dedicated in-house team of Precision Cutting and Drilling Technicians have now been considerably reduced.Since early 2011, the company has been trialling the new cold cutting system both at our own facilities and also under site conditions, with great success. So much so, that the new technique has now been designated as the method of choice for situations where the core is unable to be lifted from the tank for disassembly.In addition to significantly decreasing the risks associated with oxy-propane flame cutting, such as personal injury and fire, the use of diamond wire cold cutting technology also eradicates the need for confined space working, and has recently been acknowledged as health and safety best practice by National Grid.

For further information please contact sharon.bloomfield@celtic-recycling.co.uk

Diamond wire cutting equipment
Diamond wire cold cutting equipment significantly reduces the risks associated with traditional oxy-propane flame cutting
Diamond wire cutting
This new innovative technique demonstrates health and safety best practice and has recently been acknowledged by National Grid

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