Ultimate Chemicals gains new distributor for India

By Keefe Borden02 December 2022

Ultimate Chemical’s VTI treatment is injected into the suction line of a reciprocating compressor while in operation. (Photo: Ultimte Chemicals.)

Ultimate Chemicals has chosen Charms Agencies as its exclusive distributor and services provider for India.

The search for the right partner took the better part of a year, said David Vannostran, vice president of operations at Ultimate Chemicals. “We wanted to take a long look around and make sure we had the right fit.”

In addition to distributing Ultimate Chemical’s products, Charms will also serve as a service center for the company in India and will offer the same services that Ultimate offers customers in North America.

Charms Agencies offers upgrade packages for compressors, performance & condition monitoring services and compressor reliability services for customers in India. The company, based in Kolkata, India, is a distributor for Zahroof Valves, Chart Industries and FW Murphy Production Controls.

Ultimate Chemicals, based in Moore, OK, makes and sells specialty chemicals to clean equipment used to clean equipment in the gas compression industry. The company has two valve treatment chemical solutions: the VTR and the VTI, which stand for Valve Treatment Removed and Valve Treatment Injection.

The VTR is the company’s soaking solution, designed to clean reciprocating compressor valves with a timed submersion. The timing varies depending on the condition of the valve, but most valves can be cleaned within an hour in the solution, Vannostran said.

The company’s VTI treatment is injected into the suction line of a reciprocating compressor while in operation and is misted into the chamber every minute to treat the valves without shutting down the compressor. Typically the application calls for about two quarts per day.

Most compressor applications in stable environments will use about 1 gpd (3.8 L/d) of the chemical solution. Harsher environments could require more than that, depending on the size, material and amount of buildup, Vannostran said. With both treatments, the goal remains the same – keeping valves clean to maintain efficient compressor operation, mitigate costs and reduce downtime.

The two products are nearly identical, with the VTI having a few different properties to prevent any potential adverse effects on the compressor components from extended use.

Ultimate Chemicals also has a preventive maintenance flush, which is designed to be run every two or three years to remove burned glycol and restore a cooling system as the compressor is running.

There are some clear cost saving when using the company’s flush systems. In addition to extending the life of valves and other components, they allow the operator to continue running the compressor.

“If you do the math, the savings add up pretty quickly,” he said.

The company recently opened up an online store, which includes a website that showcases its extensive product line of chemicals used to clean industrial engines and cooling systems in natural gas, pipeline, and compressor stations.

Ultimate Chemical is currently seeking a distributor to help expand in Canada.

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