The Bilfinger location in Osterode, Germany, has its own welding centre that is used for training purposes. The spacious hall has 6 mechanized and 16 manual training stations. The facility provides ideal practice conditions for those who have to take tests or who want to gain additional qualifications. The training centre is also used on a regular basis by other Bilfinger units and external companies. In advance of projects, for example, test welds are conducted here. To this end, the new “hightech orbital welding" was developed. All of this is complemented by the facility’s own laboratory where, for example, welding seams can undergo both destructive and non-destructive testing. The German Technical Control Board (TÜV) certifies the suitability of new welding procedures.
More than just standard
Depending on the relevant regulations, various classifications, quality levels and standards are to be observed for welding processes. A number of welding seams were produced and extensively qualified for both nuclear power plants. “There is a more substantial investment need at one of the two plants”, explains Michael Wedemeyer, Project Director in Osterode. There are a lot of modernizations planned at this location in the coming years. “We have the technical capabilities to deal with 'special problems' – and we have a unique selling proposition in the nuclear area”, says Wedemeyer. Mechanical orbital welding could also be used in the pharmaceutical industry.