October 2006

Special Report: Process Control and Information Systems

Avoid refrigeration compressor damage

Online monitoring helps prevent liquid injection and operating in choke

Gresh, M. T., Flexware, Inc.

Every rotating equipment engineer knows that the number one priority is to keep the machinery rotating. While it is important to keep the machinery running efficiently, mechanical issues take precedence. In today's world of limited resources, efficiency projects take a back seat to mechanical projects. There are, however, some good preventive maintenance reasons to monitor compressor performance. Scheduling of maintenance outages and preventive maintenance based on field performance testing is a relatively new practice. Many users are doing continuous online monitoring to keep on top of compressor performance for this and other reasons. Not only can field performance analysis be helpful fo

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