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Treat Your Reciprocating Compressor Right

Pay attention to the load the device must contend with at startup

By Andrew Sloley, contributing editor; Scott Schroeder, Senior Consultant, Advisian
Aug 28, 2019

It’s best to start up a reciprocating compressor at no or very low load. This reduces torque requirements — and, thus, the need for higher-torque motors — as well as improves machine reliability. So, let’s look at some methods to reduce startup load.

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