Holtec Manufacturing Division Attains New Plateaus of Safety, Quality and Punctuality

Rectangular Steam Surface Condenser Undergoing Final Shop Tests
Rectangular Steam Surface Condenser Undergoing Final Shop Tests

We are proud to announce that our Pittsburgh based Holtec Manufacturing Division’s (HMD) on-time delivery of capital equipment has reached a record high of over 98% in 2011. This record of on-time shipment applies to both nuclear components as well as to the commercial ASME Code equipment, which includes large Surface Condensers and Feedwater Heaters fabricated for our Power Plant Component Division (PPCD) which is a leading global supplier of capital heat transfer equipment. Photos of recently delivered heat exchanger equipment, some mammoth in size and weight, are shown below.

Condenser Waterboxes Arrayed at the Plant Site
Condenser Waterboxes Arrayed at the Plant Site

While the delivery performance of the nuclear components from HMD has been steadily improving over the past three years, the punctuality in shipment of the ASME Code equipment, reaching 100% in 2011, is truly a step change in performance.

Completed Steam Surface Condenser Being Loaded for Shipment
Completed Steam Surface Condenser Being Loaded for Shipment

In the critical area of safety, HMD now ranks in the top 5% of heavy manufacturing plants in the U.S. Recently, the plant set a new record of reaching 225 continuous days of work without a single OSHA recordable injury.

Low Pressure Feed Water Heater with the South Fabrication Bay in the Background
Low Pressure Feed Water Heater with the South Fabrication Bay in the Background

The manufacturing deviation rate as a function of production hours worked, a veritable indicator of quality, is also trending in the positive direction.

In this issue, we celebrate the ethos of the manufacturing renaissance that is thriving at HMD under the transformational leadership of General Manager Allen Hickman. We thank our Client’s inspection organizations, particularly the Holtec User Group (HUG), that has exerted a subtle but steady tug to raise our bar for quality, and our quality organization under Director Mark Soler, that continues to persevere for excellence.

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Written by Amy Grant

Amy Grant is a graphic designer and web developer. She is the founder of the Southwark Historical Society, a volunteer based group that studies the Southwark Historical District located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.