Large industrial heavy duty diesel and gas compression engines can see a life-cycle in excess of 50 to 60 years. Field technicians and operators today may be responsible for servicing equipment that dates back to the 1950s - 1960s. At the time those engines were manufactured they were likely to have been equipped with a Houdaille Industries, Inc. designed and manufactured torsional vibration damper (TVD). Viscous style torsional dampers from that era are commonly referred to as a Houdaille damper.
The Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable (EGCR) welcomes Vibratech TVD to present an educational seminar on heavy-duty engine damper service. The conference will take place from May 23 - 25, 2017 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Senior Design Engineer and Vibration Solutions Manager, Aaron Neyman will speak on Wednesday, May 24 from 2:40pm - 4:10pm.
In our final blog post in the series Oil & Gas Industry - Engine Damper Service & Remanufacturing we'll explore replacement and reman options available for the three main types of viscous style dampers commonly found in the field.
In this part of our blog series Oil & Gas Industry - Engine Damper Service & Remanufacturing we provide valuable tips in how to handle and install a heavy duty viscous type engine damper.
Unexpected downtime is costly for everyone involved. In the fast paced and competitive oil and gas industry an engine failure in any critical piece of operating machinery can significantly impact revenue. Maintaining heavy duty diesel and gas compression engines in pumping stations, gensets, construction equipment and on-highway trucks are all vitally important.
In the remote reaches of Alberta, Canada a gas compression pumping engine unexpectedly fails. Field technicians determine it is a broken crankshaft due to torsional vibration. Internal service records document that the engine damper was excluded during routine overhauls. Decision makers unknowingly overlooked a vital mechanical component that controls destructive torsional vibration in favor of cost control. Downtime is expected to last weeks and significantly impact projected revenue due to lost productivity.