Flooded Diamond Cutting and Polishing

Industry: Diamond Cutting & Polishing Works

Location: Navanakhorn, approximately 50 Km north of Bangkok, Thailand

Circumstances: During the Thailand floods in October, 2011, a diamond processing facility was inundated with flood water and silt to a depth of approximately 2 meters. All production and workshop equipment was totally submerged. This consisted of several hundred diamond cutting, shaping and polishing machines, each with its own specialized electric motor.

  • As this equipment has a near zero tolerance level for vibration and lateral movement, IRS carried out a test decontamination/repair on one of each type of production machine.
  • Based on results of trial decontamination all units were removed from the flood damaged facility and repaired by IRS.
  • All motors were completely over-hauled and tested.
  • Workshop equipment such as diamond saws, balancing machines, etc. were removed to IRS’ facility and repaired.
  • Approximately 70% of the equipment was successfully restored to its original functionality. Unrecoverable equipment had suffered severe corrosion and due to their application these units have zero tolerance level for movement and vibration.
  • In excess of US$700,000 saved by recovering machinery instead of replacing.
  • As most machinery was imported more than 4 months of disruption avoided by recovering rather than replacing machinery.
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