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The future of manufacturing for the energy sector is being redefined

Innovative additive manufacturing (AM) applications continue to emerge from Canada Makes’ Metal Additive Demonstration Program.  Winnipeg Manitoba’s Precision ADM working with Calgary Alberta’s Onstream Pipeline Inspection 3D printed parts of a new pipeline inspection gauge (PIG). The ground-breaking project is helping to redefine the future of manufacturing for the energy sector.

Due to their low volume production and complex components, conventional PIG manufacturing is expensive. By consolidating parts and improving lead times AM offered a solution to reduce costs of the new PIG improving inspection results, while allowing design to dictate form as opposed to manufacturing techniques.


Onstream Pipeline Inspection – Pipeline inspection gauge (PIG)

With the current challenge of low commodity prices and high project development costs, having access to the advantages AM technology offers can only improve our sector’s future competitiveness. Precision ADM’s the state-of-the-art AM capabilities offered Onstream the freedom to design a new and pioneering pipeline inspection gauge. Derek VanDenDriessche from Precision ADM & James Barlow from Onstream Pipeline Inspection have worked together to find optimum solutions using this innovative process.

The opportunities for AM in the energy sector are massive; with low production runs, part consolidation, freedom of design, lower inventory costs, lead times of days versus weeks, and the ability to replace legacy parts is game changing for the sector.

Additive manufacturing is not limited to aerospace and medical applications only as this project proves, the energy sector will continue to see new and disruptive applications that will change the supply chain and the way parts are built in the future.

“Canada Makes is proud to support such a great project like this where we bring two innovative companies like Precision ADM and Onstream Pipeline Inspection together and help shape the future of Canada’s energy sector,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes.

“Part consolidation of small complex parts like in use for the Onstream PIG project is leading to more companies to use AM for production work with Precision ADM,” said Derek VanDenDriessche, Director of industry and medical sales Precision ADM. “The Canada Makes program allowed Onstream to fully implement additively manufactured parts into their new pipeline inspection products giving them an advantage over their competition.”

About Precision
Precision ADM is a contract engineering and manufacturing solutions provider that uses additive manufacturing (3D Printing) as a core technology. Precision ADM has created a full Advanced Digital Manufacturing hub from Design to Engineering, to Manufacturing and finishing. Complimented by multi-axis machining capability, PADM identifies, develops, and manufactures high value components and device applications for the medical, aerospace, energy and industrial sectors. PADM is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. www.precisionadm.com

About Onstream
Onstream Pipeline Inspection uses advanced technologies to provide reliable and accurate pipeline inspection results to oil & gas producers and pipeline operators working in the North American marketplace, with a focus on continual technological and software advancement. onstream-pipeline.com/

About Canada Makes

A Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) initiative, Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of additive manufacturing in Canada. For more information on Canada Makes, please visit www.canadamakes.ca