Lube and Seal Oil Systems
Compressor auxiliaries are responsible for more downtime events than actual compressor components. To be considered reliable, they deserve close scrutiny and must often be upgraded from the traditional vendor’s standard configuration. Compliance with API-614 is helpful, but it must be kept in mind that the various API standards are intended to explain minimum requirements. Minimum requirements can differ from best available technology.
As of 2011, only a relatively small percentage of the many thousands of centrifugal compressors operating in modern industry were equipped with magnetically suspended or gas-lubricated ...