Reducing Motor-Component Inspection Time
InnovMetric’s Polyworks 3-D Metrology Software
Weatherford International Ltd. products are used by petroleum-producing companies throughout the world. The company’s Edmonton, Alberta, facility designs and manufactures two products for petroleum production--fluid power sections and progressing cavity pumps used in the production of oil after the well is drilled. The fluid power section is the motor that provides the power to drill the well. To help improve production efficiency, the company sought a more efficient way to inspect the complexly shaped fluid power sections.
In the past, inspections required four people to dimensionally inspect the fluid power sections after machining. The inspection process took approximately one hour to gather the dimensional data and manually compare it to the original design as created using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
The company re-evaluated its approach to inspecting these parts with the goal of finding a more efficient method of gathering and analyzing dimensional data. Part of that program was the installation of PolyWorks 3-D metrology software.