Glacier delivers weld overlay and fabrication solutions to its customers from its purpose-built facility or onsite.
Glacier has established a global reputation as the industry specialist delivering CRA weld overlay solutions and welding & fabrication services. incorporating:
- Conventional CRA Cladding Systems (12 off Fronius PA 9000 Systems)
- Speed Cladding Systems (2 off Fronius Systems)
- Pipe Cladding incorporates Bends, Elbows and Piping Products (2 off Red-D-Arc Systems)
- Weld Prep Buttering and Butt-Welding
- Manual Welding & Fabrication including
- Offshore Welding with MIST & BOISET certified Welders
- Welding Engineering & Design
- Welding Inspection & Certification to CSWIP 3.2
- NDT: including LPI, MPI, UT, PMI and Clad Thickness
- Aftermarket: including assembly and component strip down, inspection and full repair and reclamation services
- Turnkey Project Management: including pre-weld machining, weld overlay, heat treatment, finish machining, Inspection, NDT and Coatings
Operating from its bespoke facility in Glasgow, as well as from a strategic operating base in Newcastle, Glacier has a vastly experienced management team and welders qualified to industry standards.
Glacier provides turnkey project management solutions for its customers, covering industry products such as:
- Valves Bodies (Gate, Ball, Check, Globe, Butterfly et.)
- Wellhead Housings
- Xmas Tree Blocks
- Manifold Blocks
- Tubing Hangers
In addition, the team also offers a range of services including:
- Pre-weld machining
- Pre-weld NDT
- Weld Overlay
- Finish Machining
- Final NDT covering: DPI, MPI, UT, X-Ray, PMI and Clad Thickness
Tier 1 Subsea Construction
The customer experienced issues of poor quality with their previous supplier. Even though the supplier was provided the service at a low cost, the issues of poor quality meant the customer looked for another supplier that could complete the work within the timescale and that met there standards of quality.
Manufacture, inspection and testing of weld deposited CRA overlay on carbon steel pup-pieces to be used for HSP power fluid and water injection midline tie-in joints
Worked alongside the customer’s design teams to provide engineered solutions. Glacier’s weld team, level 3 inspectors and machines controlled all quality of the work. The customer received project fully cladded, machined, tested and ready for weld. The ultrasonic element was carried out by our level 3 inspector which ensured high quality work for the customer.
Multi-national equipment provider
The customer was facing design issues that prevented cladding with a corrosion resistant alloy being performed to normal industry standards. The Customer requested Glacier, in conjunction with a Tier 1 Machine Shop, produce a new design to solve this issue in terms of both the cladding and machining of the components.
Design of subsea swivels to allow corrosion resistant weld overlay to be deposited on areas of the swivels to protect against exposure to subsea environments.
Glacier & the Machine Shop worked together to provide a suitable solution in terms of detailed design drawings and new weld procedures to enable the design to be acceptable to industry codes and standards. As a result, the manufacture of the subsea swivels was able to proceed on the basis of the new design and the customer was very satisfied with the approach taken. A major benefit to the customer was that this was a cost effective solution due to the cladding of low alloy material, which was also readily available to allow production to commence quickly. In addition, the customer was able to access technical expertise in the supply chain which was not part of its core business
International Valve Manufacturer
The customer had in-house weld overlay capability and also used the external supply chain, including Glacier for these services. However, it was encountering various ongoing issues relating mainly to quality and delivery as well as lacking technical knowledge internally relating to Procedure Qualification Records (PQRs) for specific projects.
The customer initially asked for an internal audit on its own in-house welding facility and then make recommendations for performance improvement. Following this review, Glacier was asked to assume management responsibility for the customer’s in-house facility on an interim basis to improve quality, efficiency and delivery performance.
The period of review and interim management by Glacier confirmed the customer’s view that weld overlay was not its core competence and that greater value could be added by outsourcing this to a specialist. Therefore, the parties agreed to the development of a weld management solution under a long term agreement The arrangement was defined as an Exclusive Outsourcing Agreement and involved complete welding provision, planning and scheduling, management reporting, and technical expertise incorporating weld engineering and metallurgy as required.