Monitoring and diagnostics for reciprocating compressors

A guide to the purpose and terminology of monitoring systems that ensure effective operation of reciprocating compressors

The only way to ensure safe, reliable, efficient and economical operation of reciprocating compressors is to monitor them continuously and to take appropriate action based on the information the monitoring systems provide. That simple objective, however, is difficult to put into practice. The variety of instruments, systems and methodologies for machine monitoring and diagnostics can be perplexing. Descriptions and claims are sometimes similar, often conflicting and almost always confusing. This plain-language guide to system selection is to help provide clarity for the decision process. It lists the essential capabilities a system should have and explains why those capabilities are needed.

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