Legacy Equipment Gets OEM Support
At the end of the last century, it was commonly thought that the reciprocating compressor era was ending and no recip would remain in service beyond 2010.
During the industry consolidation of the 1980s, many recip manufacturers decided to stop production of these machines altogether, a decision that created problems in the relationships between customers and the OEMs who had recently supplied them with recips.
Who would perform necessary services and supply spare parts for a piece of machinery with an expected lifetime estimated at more than 50 years?
The OEMs’ recip specialists were assigned to other product lines and the customer-OEM contacts were getting looser and looser with increasing customer dissatisfaction.