September 2014

Maintenance

Improve monitoring and troubleshooting of reciprocating compressors

The terms surveillance and monitoring for reciprocating compressors can be used interchangeably. With few exceptions, the monitoring and/or surveillance tasks are assigned to the unit operators. They ..

Geitner, F. K., Consultant; Bloch, H. P., Professional engineer

The terms surveillance and monitoring for reciprocating compressors can be used interchangeably. With few exceptions, the monitoring and/or surveillance tasks are assigned to the unit operators. They look for deviations from the agreed-upon operating behavior and conditions, and then take corrective action. Corrective action consists primarily of adjustments that require no tools other than perhaps a pair of pliers and a screwdriver. If remedial action involves the use of other tools, then the operating technicians are expected to interface with maintenance or reliability personnel. The work scope for the maintenance staff is to keep compressors at the as-purchased performance. The work sco

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