Recip Compressor Performance, Safety Predictions for Control Panels
Real-time modeling of performance and safety allows the PLC to predict healthy unit performance and to identify where it is safe to run that unit ahead of time. Real-time monitoring reviews unit performance based on actual unit operations (healthy or damaged) but generally provides no insight of what actions as safe to take — other than announcing alarms and shutdowns. The first is required action; the second is desired.
There are three general methods of modeling reciprocating compressor performance and safety prediction commonly used in unit control panels: Fast and Easy, Covers 90% of Concerns, and Covers Everything according to the Compressor Manufacturer (OEM).
Compressor station supervisors need to know which method is implemented in each control panel (UCP), as anything inferior to the OEM method could lead to compressor damage.