Blackmer®announced the production and availability of a new video that has been designed to illustrate the proper installation of a vapor-recovery unit’s compressor in oil-and-gas production applications.
The four-minute video, titled “Proper Vapor Recovery System Compressor Assembly,” explains to the viewer how the proper mounting and installation of the various models of Blackmer® Reciprocating Gas Compressors—the HD, HDS and NG Series—as part of an in-the-field vapor-recovery unit (VRU) can optimize the operational reliability and production of the system while also reducing costly downtime and maintenance. The video can be found here: http://www.psgdover.com/en/psgtv/item/5148-does-your-vru-compressor-vibrate-it-shouldn’t.
A quality VRU consists of a number of components, but at its heart is the compressor. However, by its very method of operation, any reciprocating machine will create unbalanced forces and moments as the powerful movement of the rotating parts produce shaking forces that can result in unit vibration, and compromise performance.
As the video explains, the proper way to eliminate vibration in the compressor is by anchoring it to a suitable baseplate that is at least four times the weight of the compressor, then bolting the baseplate to a concrete slab. The concrete slab should be placed on a level surface that has been graded and never installed on non-compacted soil.
Blackmer® is the leading global provider of innovative and high-quality rotary vane and centrifugal pump, and reciprocating compressor technologies for the transfer of liquids and gasses. For more than a century, the Blackmer name has stood for unparalleled product performance, superior services and support, well-timed innovation and a commitment to total customer satisfaction. Supported by a worldwide network of distributors and original equipment manufacturers, Blackmer pumps and compressors are used in a multitude of applications in the Process, Energy and Military & Marine markets. Blackmer—headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA—is a member of Dover Corporation’s Pump Solutions Group (PSG®).