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.”
Watch a Time-lapse of the Innovation Lab Construction
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.
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