Perspectives: Energy Saver

Maintenance: Misfortune Masks Mistakes

Bad luck isn’t an underlying reason for poor performance.

By Earl Clark, Contributing Editor
Jan 30, 2017

Refrigeration machine No. 13 was jinxed, people at the plant said. Soon after the unit was installed, a serious explosion on the site caused major damage to No. 13, primarily to its steam turbine. A specification error on the replacement turbine only was discovered as it was being placed on the foundation: the turbine spun one way and the compressor the other way. A reversing gearbox and foundation redesign to accommodate the new drive train finally allowed No. 13 to get back online. However, its performance never quite returned to normal.

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