A team of senior managers, technical specialists and analysts from MiGas recently visited Fusion in Chesterfield to undertake a detailed and extensive Factory Acceptance Test (FAT).
The visit is just one of the many investments made by Fusion that underlines its long-term commitment to Jargas, the Indonesian Government’s plan to create a nationwide natural gas distribution network.
MiGas is the government body responsible for all of Indonesia’s domestic downstream oil and gas activities. Created in 2002, it has the critical role of ensuring the quality of all aspects of the Jargas project. Fundamental to Jargas is the quality of the Fusamatic electrofusion fittings and the knowledge and skills of the contractors installing these fittings. The MiGas team was accompanied by three of the principal Jargas contractors.
The FAT was incredibly intensive and included high level presentations, detailed factory tours, best practice installation training, and the opportunity to quiz Fusion’s Senior Management team.
The visit was led by Jack Barnsley, Fusion’s Business Development Manager in Indonesia:
‘Trust and loyalty are highly valued in Indonesia. The FAT visit demonstrated that Fusion stands by its commitments. I am always proud to show Indonesian visitors our manufacturing and testing facilities. The MiGas team appreciated our investment in robotics and the scope and scale of the quality testing we apply to each and every fitting.’
Lisa Shelton, Fusion Group Director – Compliance, was impressed by the detailed questions raised by the MiGas team:
‘I really enjoyed the MiGas visit. We discussed product standards, testing methodologies and third-party approvals. Even though we are one of very few downstream companies to have ISO/TS 29001 accreditation, nothing was taken as given. For example, we were asked to explain how we calculated test pressures.
Fusion’s approach to product inspection, testing and traceability generated the most interest and questions. Every Fusamatic fitting is individually numbered, subjected to both electrical and visual inspection, and fully traceable right down to the raw materials and components. I ran through the process two or three times due to the Indonesian engineers not having come across a system that delivered 100% inspection and traceability of each fitting!.’