Built in 1997, NCI was originally designed as a Cryogenic Pump test facility for the Higashimurayama factory in Tokyo, Japan. It has since evolved to a production, engineering, and sales facility. The North Las Vegas testing site has the capability to produce and test over one-hundred pumps per year.
NCI relies on SolidWorks to produce and test all of its products. All pump components and testing fixtures are designed on SolidWorks. Design drawings produced from SolidWorks models are sent to manufacturers for production. Test arrangement and set ups are created on SolidWorks drawings and transferred to other departments for construction of the testing facility.
The test pad was originally designed using Auto CAD. The Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (PI&D) for this facility was produced using both Auto CAD and SolidWorks. Every pipe and instrument is accounted for in the P&ID. Over 600 pipe sections were created using the SolidWorks Routing program to create the 3D model of the test facility.
Another tour of NCI will be scheduled for Spring 2011.
– Article submitted by Sylvia Duran, ASME Member and President of the Las Vegas SolidWorks User Group.