To meet a huge demand for both new and repair of Dry Gas Compressor Seals, AESSEAL has announced a further £500,000 investment in their testing facility.
In addition to doubling the current capacity, this investment increases the diameter of Dry Gas Compressor Seals that AESSEAL can manufacture, refurbish and dynamically test up to 380mm shaft diameter.
As well as additional test equipment, polishing and lapping machines that can lap seal faces up to 500mm in diameter, the company has also installed lifting equipment to increase the lifting capacity to 2,500kg.
The company has previously announced a multi-million pound investment in large capacity 9-axis, state of the art machining centres which are an essential requirement for both new manufacture and repair of third party Dry Gas Compressor Seals.
Engineering director Stephen Shaw stated: “We now believe we can meet the requirements of 98 per cent of the market for dry gas seal testing. This investment increases our capability to manufacture, test and refurbish dry gas seals from almost any compressor.”
AESSEAL believe that Dry Gas Compressor Seals represent the top of the mechanical sealing technology ladder and have invested heavily in this technology in the last 15 years. New AESSEAL offerings include conventional Compressor Seal technology and unique patented combined Hydrostatic and Hydrodynamic lift Dry Gas Compressor Seals.
With the latest investment AESSEAL believe that their Dry Gas Compressor Seal refurbishment and test facilities are now world leading in terms of ease of testing, instrumentation and computerised operation and control. Amongst other innovations customers are able to witness the test of their Dry Gas Compressor Seal by remote video link which can be viewed on laptops or smart phones as an alternative to witnessing the actual test at the AESSEAL Global Technology Centre in Rotherham, UK.
A senior reliability engineer from a user of the company’s products and services in this field recently commented: “We absolutely will use AESSEAL for both retrofits and refurbishments of other manufacturer’s seals. In service performance has been excellent with lower than anticipated gas flow/leakage rates. The seals have been through over a dozen start/stop cycles with no changes in performance.”