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Compressors: How to Achieve High Reliability & Availability by Fred K. Geitner, Heinz P. Bloch

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CHAPTER 14
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Reciprocating Compressor Maintenance
A few pages are needed to guide owners and operators of reciprocating compressors in setting up maintenance and trouble shooting procedures for their machines. Our recommendations here are not intended to replace the stipulations of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for any machine. Instead, they should serve as general guidelines to assist in failure prevention and problem solution.
Recent investigations showed maintenance costs of around US$ 48.00 per horsepower per year for reciprocating compression equipment as opposed to some US$ 10.00 per horsepower per year for large turbocompressors. ...

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