After a decade of trying to find alternative strategies for cleaning gas turbine super alloys, GE decided it was time to bring Hydrogen Fluoride Ion Cleaning (HFIC) to Greenville.
HFIC is a dangerous and hazardous process posing obvious risks to not only people, but also the environment. GE confidently selected A M King to design and build a structure to house their first HFIC furnace and process. A M King successfully created a 3,500-sf Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) within the existing plant to house the new HFIC furnace. We played an active role in our client’s hazard and operability study to investigate how the process could create risk for building occupants. This information allowed us to identify potential dangers during the design phase of the project. Our team addressed several important items that exceeded customary building code requirements, including development of a specific floor plan strategy, maximum use of technology and emphasis on personal safety.