Who are Cochran?
Cochran are the UK’s largest manufacturer of steam boiler products supplying to 100 different countries around the world. Cochran manufactures a full range of steam and hot-water boilers up to 30MW in output and with working pressures up to 40 bar.
Customer requirements outside their normal scope of work meant that Cochran needed assistance with the layout, analysis and drafting of boiler plant pipework. Rather than disappoint their customer, Cochran outsourced the bespoke elements of the project to 4c Design.
4c Design took Cochran’s initial two-dimensional piping layout diagram and converted it into a full three dimensional room layout. This allowed all of the components to be shown in such a way that the paths and clearances between critical parts could be easily seen. Additionally, in conjunction with our Finite Element Analysis partners, we carried out a full pipe stress analysis to ensure that the pipework met all relevant regulations. Using our analysis and the 3D model we optimised the boiler plant layout for efficiency and safety.
Our support made it possible for Cochran to deliver this bespoke project to their customer. The 3D model we created enabled easy identification of potential clearance, operator safety, fabrication and functionality issues before manufacture, thus avoiding expensive design changes.