January 2001

Maintenance and Retrofitting

Consider compressor upgrade options

Substantial savings in time and money can be achieved

Price, B., Polaris Veritas Inc.

Saving 50% of the purchase price for new capital equipment and having it delivered in less than half the time the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) quotes is an attractive proposition. If the equipment can also be made to match existing units and can simultaneously be customized and upgraded, this may well be the best available option. This case history describes the purchase, refurbishment process and efficiency upgrade of an integrally geared centrifugal compressor. The lessons learned on this project were later applied with equal success to several other machinery categories, which included reciprocating compressors and pumps. At a plant manufacturing hydrogen peroxide, process ai

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