Voith Hydro is a supplier of advanced hydroelectric equipment, technology and services in the renewal energy market. Their North American headquarters in York are home to one of the world’s largest dedicated hydro turbine equipment manufacturing facilities.
In spring 2008, Team Machine Tools was asked to undertake a complete electrical rebuild and retrofit of Voith Hydro’s 13.2m Dorries VTL. While Team had worked with Voith previously on smaller machines such as their 3M VTL, this project was of a much bigger magnitude, as the 13.2m VTL is one of the five largest machines in North America.
And to make the project even more challenging, there was a time frame of 10 weeks to install the new components, as this VTL was central to Voith Hydro’s manufacturing and its downtime had to be minimal.