Perspex manufacturer uses 3D design tools for new site

Lucite International has utilised 3D design software to complete a major project at its Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, site to replace the previous batch-operated washing and drying equipment with a brand new continuous process.

3D Design - The company is a global leader in the design, development of manufacture of acrylic-based products – image courtesy of Lucite International.
The company is a global leader in the design, development of manufacture of acrylic-based products – image courtesy of Lucite International.

Referred to locally as the ‘Line 2 Project’, it has increased capacity while satisfying various safety, health and environment (SHE) and legislative requirements, which were all reportedly key drivers for this programme of work.

Timothy Carter, process engineer for the project, explained: “Installation of the new Line 2 system began with a significant challenge as we had to replace existing equipment and technology with new within the same space, and in a live environment.

“The project team used 3D design software throughout the detailed design and planning phase to simulate a viable programme of work to ensure that we could do all of this without disrupting the business.”

Using the 3D design technology to support the project meant that the whole site team could be involved in identifying potential opportunities and managing risks at the earliest opportunity.

Carter continued: “The current project work has seen the decommissioning of the existing equipment, with large items also being brought within the project Construction Design and Management (CDM) work area during the sites annual overhaul.

“This minimised the impact on surrounding lines as they are brought back online. The attitude of the site has been excellent, with many members of the team going above and beyond to help the project be a success.

“The new equipment allows full capacity to be realised following operational optimisation of Line 2 across Lucite International’s Speciality Resins and Polymers [LISPR’s] diverse product portfolio. Everyone on site is looking forward to seeing the benefits of this exciting upgrade.”