In order to exactly reproduce a pump impeller, KSB scans the original. Damaged areas can then be “repaired” virtually using CAD reconstruction. If requested by the customer, the model can be subjected to a digital flow simulation test using CFD before the impeller is manufactured.

Reverse engineering:

Scanning in three dimensions, digitisation, additive manufacturing: This is the new way to reconstruct pump and valve components. When customers need replacement components, quick action is required to minimise their systems’ downtime. However, searching for a replacement part can prove challenging. This is particularly the case if neither the part nor the old casting mould are available any longer, or when the delivery period would be too long. A solution is on hand with reverse engineering from KSB. Service specialists scan the original and can virtually reconstruct damaged areas or even partially destroyed components. Depending on the size, they can then print out the component directly or produce a new casting mould. Not only does this technology make replacement parts available quickly, the quality often even exceeds that of the original.

Richard Martinez (right), Managing Director of KSB subsidiary Standard Alloys, in conversation with Rory Novich
“Our reverse engineering ensures that the customer gets the replacement part quickly, and that its quality is at least as good as the original.” Richard Martinez

KSB’s US-American subsidiary Standard Alloys is a specialist in spare parts management for pumps and compressors. The company has been refining reverse engineering technology for many years. The process of accurately reproducing components is in no way restricted to the company’s own products – it can also be applied to products from manufacturers no longer active on the market.

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