Emerson Adds Shutdown Protection Solution for Reciprocating Compressors

Emerson Process Management’s Smart Machinery Health portfolio now provides an integrated protection and prediction solution for critical reciprocating compressors. Common compressor issues can be predicted before they cause a process upset, greatly reducing lost production and repair costs.

 Reciprocating compressors are often maintenance-intensive machines at a production facility and are critical to production uptime. With Emerson’s integrated approach for reciprocating assets, rotating and reciprocating machines can now be monitored through one maintenance management system.

 Emerson’s reciprocating compressor solution includes standard protection functionality as specified in API (American Petroleum Institute) 670 and API 618, and adds powerful predictive monitoring to identify a user’s most troublesome issues: valves, pressure packing, rider bands, and rod faults. Emerson’s CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor with PeakVue technology monitors ultrasonic emissions to determine valve health.

 Transient monitoring of rod position identifies abnormal or excessive changes in rod position before it impacts pressure packing and monitors vertical rod position to track rider band wear. Advanced asset management capabilities enable users to view rod position via 2-D plots, illustrating piston rod dynamic motion that can be viewed live, paused and replayed.

Emerson’s integrated solution also delivers compressor frame vibration shutdown protection as specified by API 618 and piston rod monitoring as specified by API 670. AMS Suite provides additional performance and machine condition information through monitoring parameters such as adiabatic efficiency, volumetric flow, rod tension and rod compression. Combining shutdown protection with predictive diagnostics delivers the information that users need to protect their equipment health while avoiding production downtime.

 For more information, visit www.emersonprocess.com.

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