Dover Precision Components Takes Occupancy of New Innovation Lab

Fluid Film Bearing and Reciprocating Compressor Component Test Rigs Get New Home in Houston

Dover Precision Components, an integrated provider of performance-critical solutions for rotating and reciprocating machinery, has taken occupancy of its new Innovation Lab, located at 11951 N. Spectrum Blvd, Bldg. 2, Houston, TX.

The nearly 12,000 square foot building will centralize the company’s test rigs for hydrodynamic fluid film bearings and reciprocating compressor components and bring together the research and product development teams. Two compressor units used to test valve and sealing technologies under various lubrication schemes and operating conditions have already been installed and are undergoing commissioning. Test rigs supporting fluid film bearing materials development will be commissioned in the coming months, with additional rigs to follow.

Waukesha Bearings® and Cook Compression® use component- and system-level test rigs to validate designs and analytical methods, evaluate performance and reliability, prove out solutions under real machine conditions, and develop next-generation technologies. The new Innovation Lab has four independent test bays to allow work on multiple rigs at once, and dedicated control rooms for safe operation of the equipment. Four additional rooms are utilized for inspection and component testing. The state-of-the-art setup also opens up opportunities to expand capabilities and reconfigure test rigs in support of product development and customer testing.

While test rig commissioning is underway, Dover Precision Components is using the Innovation Lab to support safety measures in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Innovation Lab offices and common areas have been made available as additional break room space to help facilitate social distancing for manufacturing personnel at the company’s Pearland Operations next door.

“Occupancy of the Innovation Lab is an exciting milestone and an emphatic reminder that Dover Precision Components is a forward-looking company,” said Jane Kober, Dover Precision Components Vice President of Innovation & Marketing. “We are committed to providing our customers with proven solutions for reliability and efficiency, today, tomorrow and long into the future.”

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Dover Precision Components Breaks Ground on Houston Innovation Lab

Fluid Film Bearing and Reciprocating Compressor Component Test Rigs to Have New Home

Dover Precision Components, an integrated provider of performance-critical solutions for rotating and reciprocating machinery, broke ground on a new Innovation Lab on Thursday, September 26, 2019. The nearly 12,000 square foot building is being constructed directly north of the company’s Pearland Operations at 11951 N. Spectrum Blvd., Houston, TX.

Technology leadership is at the core of Dover Precision Components, and this capital investment represents an ongoing commitment to research and development. In particular, the Innovation Lab will centralize test rigs for hydrodynamic fluid film bearings and reciprocating compressor components previously housed in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, and Knoxville, Tennessee.

As demands on equipment continue to grow and evolve, these test rigs allow Waukesha Bearings® and Cook Compression® to validate designs and analytical methods and test products under demanding operating conditions. In addition, they equip R&D engineers to develop new application solutions that continue to set the industry standard.

“Dover Precision Components prides itself on its long history of innovation,” commented Marcell Ulrichs, Dover Precision Components President, “because we know that our patents, design breakthroughs and material advances are not only establishing our industry leadership but also delivering customer success. This new Innovation Lab will further support the development of next-generation technologies in partnership with our customers.”

The Innovation Lab capabilities will include performance testing of journal and thrust bearings with oil or process lubrication over a wide range of loads and speeds; damper design characterization and enhancement; performance and accelerated life cycle testing of reciprocating compressor components; flow characterization of compressor valves; dynamic testing of packing case leakage; competitive benchmarking; and advanced materials development.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Dover Precision Components Innovation Lab was held Thursday, September 26. The Innovation Lab is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2020, with test rig commissioning to follow.

Dover Exec Dishes on New Pearland Manufacturing Plans

Molly Ryan, Reporter, Houston Business Journal

Dover Corp.’s (NYSE: DOV) energy division just broke ground on a new 150,000-square-foot manufacturing and office building in Pearland.

Frank Wierengo is president of Cook Compression, which is one of many of Dover’s businesses moving into the Pearland space. He broke down the details for us about what exactly will happen at the new location.

Illinois-based Dover operates a variety of manufacturing brands throughout the world. The company’s energy division operates numerous facilities throughout Texas, and the new Pearland space is designed to consolidate some of them at one site to increase efficiency.

Normally, the term “consolidation” in manufacturing is associated with layoffs. However, Wierengo explained this is not the case with Dover.

Dover Energy is consolidating three existing Cook Compression facilities now in Stafford, Pearland and Breckenridge, Texas; an existing Bearings Plus facility now in south Houston; and a completely new OPW Midland facility.

Cook Compression will manufacture and repair a variety of compressor components, such as valves and sealing products, at the facility. Meanwhile, at the same Pearland facility, Bearings Plus will mainly work on refurbishing bearings systems and OPW will mainly work on refurbishing and repairing valves. All three of the businesses will predominantly serve the oil and gas industry.

The new Pearland location will initially have close to 200 employees, which Wierengo said is the number of employees the separate facilities have now. However, in the future, Dover hopes to grow the Pearland operations, he said. Not only can the companies add more manufacturing shifts to increase work, but they can also expand the facility onto the 14 acres of land the facility sits on.

By having multiple businesses in one facility, Wierengo said the companies will be able to increase efficiencies by sharing shipping, receiving and material handling functions. The companies are also looking into sharing workers “to collaborate to the highest extent possible,” he added.

Dover is banking on growing the Pearland facility due to the strength of the oil and gas industry, Wierengo said.

Furthermore, for some more insight as to why Dover chose Pearland, city of Pearland documents from December reveal that the city granted a tax abatement agreement to Dover and the city approved a loan agreement between the Pearland Economic Development Corp. and Dover.

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Grand Opening in Suzhou, China

As the global market continues to expand, Waukesha Bearings Corporation is prepared to meet the needs of customers around the world by providing local support where it’s most in demand. With 15 years of sales presence in China, coupled with global expansion initiatives, the manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China opened on October 24, 2012.

This allows continued operation within the customer’s space and time, proving continual commitment and responsiveness to Chinese customers.

At the grand opening of Waukesha Bearings’ new manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China, in October 2012, there was a buzz of excitement as customers and strategic partners made their way through the plant to listen to president of the company, Jay Burnette, deliver his opening ceremony speech.

“At Waukesha Bearings, we are absolutely determined to achieve global market leadership by building our capabilities and penetrating new markets,” he said.

“Our goal is to be the clear choice of customers around the world, by leading in technology and delivering superior products and services – and doing so faster than the competition.”

With robust processes and state-of-the-art machine tools in place, capable of producing some of the most technically advanced products designed in its global portfolio, Waukesha Bearings assures the highest quality in every aspect of business.

A full range of Waukesha Bearings products, including tilting pad thrust bearings, larger optimized journal bearings, Flexure Pivot bearings, and integral squeeze film dampers, will be manufactured at the new Suzhou facility. Operations are expected to continue to expand over time, bringing additional product lines to market along with local support to other areas within the region.

Waukesha Bearings Extends Global Presence in Russia

Moscow, Russia – US-based Waukesha Bearings Corporation and Russian-based state owned enterprise VNIIEM (All-Russian Scientific Institute of Electro-mechanics with a plant named after A.G. Iossifian) have finalized a long-term strategic alliance agreement. The agreement includes provisions to conduct joint development, manufacturing and commercialization of active magnetic and fluid film bearings for compressors, turbo expanders and other turbomachinery for oil & gas, power generation and other industrial markets. The signing ceremony took place in Moscow on July 9th and was attended by Waukesha and VNIIEM management as well as a representative from OAO Gazprom, the world’s largest natural gas company.

Waukesha Bearings is a leader in the design and manufacturing of fluid film and active magnetic bearing solutions for turbomachinery. The company has engineering, sales and manufacturing locations in the US, UK and Mexico as well as representative offices in China, Japan and Italy. As an integral part of the strategic alliance agreement, Waukesha Bearings is opening a branch office in Moscow.

VNIIEM is a leading worldwide multi-discipline enterprise performing a full range of research and development, design and manufacturing of high-tech electro-mechanical products, including magnetic bearing systems.

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