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Leach/Etch Process

SPEC provided project development, engineering, drafting, and procurement support for the refinement of a leach/etch turbine blade finishing process in the Northeast for an Industrial Manufacturing Company. The client’s turbine blade manufacturing facility had recently started up a new caustic leaching autoclave. SPEC was brought on to operationalize the leach system, which expanded into troubleshooting the leach process to improve the removal of the ceramic core from the turbine blades through experimental iteration, while training operators, creating SOPs, and developing the record-keeping system. SPEC aided the lab-scale acid etch process with troubleshooting to attain consistent results, then designed and provided procurement support for the pilot-scale etch process. The leach and etch processes were designed to be housed in an annex building; SPEC reviewed a third-party engineering design for the annex, including ventilation for exposure control from caustic and acid fumes, and designed a water scrubber to treat fumes and vapors.

Services Provided: Project Development; Engineering; Design; Procurement; Safety, Health, and Environmental

Client: Industrial Manufacturing Company

Location: Northeast, USA