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Why does compressor cylinder capacity decrease when I add clearance?

August 31, 2019
You’ve probably heard your Engineering Account Manager or another subject matter expert like your production engineer, a mechanic, an applications engineer from the packager, or your lead operator tell you that adding clearance using spacers, fixed volume clearance pockets, or variable volume clearance pockets reduces the capacity of that cylinder. Maybe you’ve taken that at face value, but intuitively, shouldn’t more volume inside the cylinder mean that more gas gets through? I definitely struggled with wrapping my head around that until someone drew some pictures on a whiteboard and walked me through what actually happens in a cylinder during the intake stroke.
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Data Analysis vs. Data Analytics with Detechtion

August 19, 2019
The Oil and gas industry is continuing to operate more safely, and with higher profitability as a result of evolving business processes and technology. Among a number of factors, data analysis and data analytics are central to improving a company's overall efficiency. What exactly does this mean though? And how do Detechtion products help companies improve their ability to perform useful data analysis and data analytics?
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True or False: Optimization Only Makes Sense if a Compressor is at or Near Max Load

July 31, 2019
Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that if your gas rate is declining and your compressor is underutilized, there is no need to optimize it. Let’s explore a few reasons why this is not true.
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What is Blowby?

July 17, 2019
Blowby, can indicate inefficiencies due to a few different reasons, but for the scope of this blog post, in the simplest of explanations, Blowby in this context is a measure of the health of your cylinders and can be an indicator of your compressor valve and piston ring health. Here are some reasons why catching bad valves earlier than later would be advantageous and contribute to safer environment for your operations and maintenance staff:
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3 Enbase Features You Might Not Know Exist

June 28, 2019
Our Product Management team talks to users a lot… it’s a wonderful way to gather input for what to build (or improve) next. In conversations this spring, we learned that some great features already available in the latest (or even prior) versions of our products are things that our users don’t know about! I’d like to highlight three Enbase features that you might not know exist… and might want to use.
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Why does adding back pressure to an “over compressing” scenario require more HP?

June 17, 2019
The purpose of this post is to address the horsepower effects of adding a backpressure valve to a screw compressor that is over compressing. Perhaps the most important thing to be aware of before diving into this subject is the concept of a volume ratio (Vi) within a screw compressor. The simplest way to explain volume ratio is by relating it to the overall compression ratio that a screw compressor achieves. A larger Vi can achieve a greater overall compression ratio while a smaller Vi will achieve a smaller compression ratio.
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Thought of the Day -  How to Cut the Call Center Cord...

May 31, 2019
With the release of Enbase Dashboard Callout Alarm Acknowledgement functionality, Detechtion shifted from a one-way notification system to one that can be configured to escalate alarms through a defined hierarchy until the alarms are acknowledged or the highest escalation level has been reached.  This functionality removes the need to rely on a call center to review all alarms that come in and decide when and who the calls should be routed to and whether and when they should be escalated. 
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Compressor Optimization - It starts with Data!

May 14, 2019
Enalysis™ is a powerful and unique, web-enabled software tool for compressor fleet management and optimization. But to capture the maximum benefit, we need to feed the right set of operating parameters to Enalysis™ so that we can understand exactly how efficiently your equipment is operating. We'll highlight below the 4 most popular ways our customers collect the data required to generate an Enalysis™ report, and cover the minimum set of information that should be collected for both reciprocating and screw compressors.
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How Does Gas Composition Affect Compressor Performance

April 4, 2019
By now you probably know a thing or two about compression, and how factors such as compression ratio and volumetric efficiencies can affect your compressor performance. Another factor that is less talked about but equally important is the composition and molecular weight of the gas being compressed.
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Thought of the Day - Fieldlink™ + Enbase™: Automating Field Workflows

February 26, 2019
  Thought of the Day Fieldlink™ + Enbase™: Automating Field Workflows Fieldlink  and  Enbase  can be used together in  a number of  ways to automate activities that would otherwise need to be done manually.  Installing an  Enbase  hydrostatic pressure transducer connected to an Enbase Hub on a lube oil tank could eliminate the manual process of  a driver perform ing  a manual inventory check each week on the tank to determine when to refill. Instead, the tank’s level  would be monitored automatically and when  the device reports a low tank level,  Enbase  could trigger the creation of a work order in  Fieldlink .  T h is integration would allow the  driver  to visit the site  when a refill work order appears in Fieldlink for the current day versus making unnecessary trips.     
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