August 2003

Special Report: Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment

Modern online monitoring systems for piston compressors

Combining control and data collection improves performance and reduces costs

Koers, C., PROGNOST Systems GmbH; Stachel, K., Hoerbiger Compression Technology

Online monitoring systems are valuable tools for machine maintenance. These systems are recognized as a useful means of increasing availability and reducing costs of operating piston compressors. Online monitoring systems have frequently helped to fill the gaps that result when cost-saving measures lead to personnel downsizing. Early detection of equipment damage and accurate fault diagnosis helps operators to locate and repair problems fast, thus permitting efficient use of available resources. Existing monitoring systems are primarily designed for the needs of critical compressors, detecting serious damage well timed t

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