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Säkaphen GmbH and the mystery of the damaged tube bundle.

14-06-2022

We have posted the above entry in the hope that perhaps someone has had a similar situation with Sakaphen GmbH and will tell us whether this company has finally taken responsibility and, if not, what solution has been applied? We have to replace 15 u-tubes and redo pressure test, technical inspection (documentation included), coating (at a competitor to Sakaphen GmbH probably – do you know any?) again.

We would like to apologize to our client, Orlen, for the delay in the delivery of the ordered u-tube bundle. However, the reason for this delay is beyond our control. As the requirement of the order was to protect the internal surfaces of the tube bundle with a specific SÄKAPHEN Si 57 E lining, we ordered this service from
the manufacturer of this lining: SÄKAPHEN GmbH.

We also ordered, for additional cost, mounting of a support shell / rotating ring needed to rotate
the tube bundle during the coating process.

After the coating was performed, SÄKAPHEN GmbH did not inform us about any damage.

When the tube bundle unpacked in our premises, we noticed critical damage to the tubes at the top of
the bends and near the baffles where the rotation ring had been attached. Additionally, we noticed that some pipes were covered with welding spatter. The damages require the replacement of the damaged pipes.

We submitted a complaint to SÄKAPHEN GmbH. SÄKAPHEN GmbH however haven’t wanted to take any responsibility for the damage caused. Among others we have received such a response from the company’s CEO: „The warranty does not, and cannot, cover any alleged mechanical defects which do not fall under our scope of work”.

SÄKAPHEN GmbH provided us with a “suggested solution“: „We have a special putty that can be used to level out holes, pitting, quirks and… in the metal substrate (components). In your case, you could apply this putty to the spots you indicated to level the pipes on theirs outside”.

Additionally these are SÄKAPHEN GmbH comments to the linings presented in the photos below:

Already flooded coating accumulation, possibly with skin formation (non-porous), often found at exposed points in the pipe.

Happens from time to time; not a general defect in the coating. All areas are pore-free.

saekaphen corosion

Already flooded coating accumulations (curls), which mostly occur in pipes that show increased waviness. 

Happens from time to time; not a general defect in the coating. All areas are pore-free.

Scratches from grinding the inner pipe, which were not fully recoated afterwards. All areas are pore-free.

Not a general defect in the coating.

I recommend every (potential) customer of SÄKAPHEN GmbH to take the above information into consideration.

Special Structures Design Department

2021-10-08

Dział Projektowania Konstrukcji Specjalnych

We are proud to announce that the Special Structures Design Department has been established within our Design Studio.

It employs highly-qualified specialists in the field, who use the following tools:

  • Tekla Structures 2022 – steel structure drawings, shop drawings, 3D models, NC files;
  • Advance Steel 2022 – steel structure drawings, shop drawings, 3D models, NC files;
  • Autodesk Robot Structural 2022 –static structural calculations, node calculations;
  • Dlubal RFEM 5.26 – static structural calculations, node calculations, FEM calculations.

We provide comprehensive designs of overpasses, load-bearing structures, poles, bridges, exhaust ducts, absorbers, cases, grates, separators, etc.

Contact us today!

New websites. New domains.

2021-06-07

Dear Clients,

With the continued development of our company, which has mainly involved

  • improving our technological and organisational skills,
  • increasing our manufacturing capacities with the new production hall, and
  • extending our service range, including in special structures, as well as laser metal cutting and bending services,

we have decided to rebrand ourselves to present our growing range of products and services in a more consistent and comprehensive manner to both our current and prospective Clients.

As part of these efforts, on 7 June our company launched its new websites, which are available at different addresses:

polimer-polska.pl ➔ polimer.tech
polimer-laboratorium.pl ➔ ndt.polimer.tech

This also involves new email domains which have changed from…@polimer-polska.pl to …@polimer.tech and …@ndt.polimer.tech (the latter is used for addresses connected with the Polimer NDT Laboratory). All emails sent to addresses with the previous domain name will now be redirected to their equivalent addresses with the new domain. You will receive our replies and new emails from addresses with the new domain name.

EN 15085-2 Certification

2021-03-10

Developing its new range of activities – special structures – Polimer has completed certification in “Welding of railway vehicles and components” according to EN 15085-2, in the field of application “Manufacturing of new assemblies and components for railway vehicles”. Certification level CL1.

New production hall

2021-01-01

We are pleased to inform you that thanks to the trust placed in us by our Clients, we are increasing the number of completed projects each year. This led us to the decision to move our manufacturing operations to a new hall with an area of 2364 m2 located at ul. Szafrańska 11 in Kraków. This big change went very smoothly as we gradually expanded our equipment resources and employment by running a demanding recruitment procedure, which included the practical verification of skills of welders and fitters. The new facility is equipped with two overhead cranes and optimum infrastructure for manufacturing pressure equipment. Benefits for our Clients:
  • virtually no restrictions on size and weight of manufactured equipment
  • a considerable increase in the potential production volume
  • better ability to prioritise deadlines
  • increased reliability of Polimer as a contracting party.
We are looking forward to doing business with you!

Polimer becomes sponsor of Hutnik Kraków boxing section

2020-11-12

In November 2020 Polimer became the technical sponsor of the boxing section of the Hutnik Kraków sports club! More information: HERE

ISO 14001 & 45001 certification

2020-11-07

Polimer has successfully completed the certification procedure confirming the application of an Integrated Management System and compliance with the requirements of PN-EN ISO 14001:2015 and PN-ISO 45001:2018 for the design, manufacturing and assembly of pressure equipment, steel installations and constructions and the nondestructive testing of welds in the NDT laboratory.