Optimize cracked-gas compressors with smart-automation technology
Machine health monitors can provide critical information to avoid unit and plant-wide shutdowns
The cracked-gas compressor (CGC) is the single most critical
piece of equipment in an ethylene plant (Fig. 1). This asset
can cost as much as $50 million and operates 24/7 under
demanding conditions. Because it has no backup, ethylene
producers know that if their CGC tripswhether the trip is
caused by excess vibration, a surge, an instrument malfunction
or other problemstheir entire ethylene process may be
halted for up to a week.
1. The cracked-gas compressor is an ethylene
most critical asset. (Photo courtesy of Elliott
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