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Reliability: Consider best available resources for reciprocating compressors

Whether it is compressor selection, upgrading, routine maintenance, major maintenance, failure avoidance or failure analysis: Realize that the reciprocating compressor procurement and improvement options available today are surprisingly advantageous compared to the options of 30 yr ago.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Whether it is compressor selection, upgrading, routine maintenance, major maintenance, failure avoidance or failure analysis: Realize that the reciprocating compressor procurement and improvement options available today are surprisingly advantageous compared to the options of 30 yr ago. Keeping informed on developments and competencies is important; in some instances, size matters (Fig. 1). Doing things as they have always been done—perhaps a half century ago—may deprive plants of safety, reliability and profitability. Fig. 1. A six-throw reciprocating compressor. Photo source: Neuman & Esser. Work with a solutions provider A solutions provider d

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