Decade of progress brings continuous improvement to Turbo Belgium
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2018, Turbo Belgium is committed to continued improvement of its facilities and further developing its support for turbocharger spare parts and field service. The most significant recent actions in support of these key principles have included developing partnerships in new markets.
The company keeps developing its approach to quality and is proud to have established excellent cooperation with its clients during recent years, said Turbo Belgium co-owner Jan Vanheukelom. “Furthermore, our global market position in field service work, spare parts supply and repair works has expanded,” he said.
Having moved to a new workshop in Vosseschijnstraat, in the Port of Antwerp, the company has installed new state-of-the-art Schenck balancing equipment to support its other turbocharger overhaul facilities, in line with its policy of following the latest innovations in turbocharger technology.
Using this computerised equipment, experienced operators can return repaired rotors to their required balance limits by precision grinding the defined correction planes.
Where rotor rebuilds are carried out, Turbo Belgium is fully equipped to fit new components but is also specialised in repairing and reconditioning turbine blades and compressor wheels. This ability allows the company to offer a fully-assured but more economical solution for the client. Its workshop also has a new ultrasonic machine that provides better and faster cleaning than was possible before.
Turbo Belgium has the experience and equipment to provide service for a wide range of turbocharger types and it became an authorised repair agent for Mitsubishi turbochargers in 2017. It maintains a workforce of trained engineers and technicians, on hand and able travel to locations worldwide at short notice. Working with approved global partners, it is a member of the Turbo World Services group and offers onboard marine services as well as workshop overhauls and repairs.
The company’s warehousing facilities stock a wide range of turbocharger parts, including both new and reconditioned items. Spare parts are available along with one-year warranty after delivery. The net worth of stock held is currently in excess of €2M. For specific spare parts, such as rotors and casings, the Turbo World Services group can also provide Lloyd’s Register certification.
To assist in correctly identifying parts for customers, Turbo Belgium has developed a comprehensive computerised database with part specifications for turbochargers. Using the ship’s name and turbocharger type, a search of this database can quickly identify the correct part specifications required. The company is able to quote parts for all turbocharger types and, for bearings, Turbo Belgium can supply SNR products, which cover a wide range of bearing designs. It can also supply oil pumps either on a direct sale or an exchange basis.
With a policy of delivering high-quality spares, service and technical assistance to customers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to anywhere in the world, Turbo Belgium offers one-year warranties on both its spares supplies and service work. Having recently expanded its stock base in Antwerp, the company is now confident in its abilities to deliver a wider range of turbocharger spare parts at short notice. As well as Lloyd’s Register certification on specific items, the company has achieved ISO9001:2015 certification from Lloyd’s Register in 2018.
In addition to facilities in its headquarters in Belgium, it also maintains a network of worldwide partners in Europe, the Middle East and beyond.