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Assessment of 3D printing for maintenance and spare parts optimization in the oil and gas sector

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Assessment of 3D printing for maintenance and spare parts optimization in the oil and gas sector

Challenge

3D printing (a.k.a. additive manufacturing) is a potential game changer for the oil and gas industry. At this stage of the technology, although it holds potential for significant benefits to oil and gas operators, no detailed and publicly available studies which quantify the advantages of using it at oil and gas facilities have been available. Neither have the technical and economic aspects of the utilization of 3D printing been assessed. 

Solution

Provide technical and economic assessment of aspects related to the utilisation of 3D printing at oil and gas facilities.

Assessment of applications, technology maturity and requirements for large-scale utilization of 3D printing by oil and gas operators.

Benefits

Benefits of the adoption of 3D printing are shorter lead time for spare parts leading to shorter unplanned downtimes maximizing asset utilization/production.

Optimization of asset maintenance operations and inventory management via ‘one-off’ production of components, decentralization of spare part manufacturing and tailormade solutions.

Value

Spare part sourcing time, which can have a negative effect on production performance and efficiency, can be reduced from weeks to hours.

Unavailability, lead time, and replenishment time of critical spare parts can be minimized. 

Minimization of spare part storage can lead to reduction of warehouse space.

Early adoption by operators can lead to them influencing the technology’s development in line with their own needs.