In collaboration with Howden, Gunvor identified two compressor units that were critical in the overall process but operated without an advanced monitoring system to track past and current performance.
Driven by previous operational issues, Gunvor was exploring options to enable predictive and prescriptive performance management.
Howden, being an OEM for over 100 years, recognised that we have an advantage over other suppliers of monitoring systems. We have the technical information and know-how of both OEM and non-OEM Reciprocating compressors that are operated in the field. Our engineers understand the parameters, which are essential to predict optimum compressor performance, and how to optimise operation based on process conditions.
For this reason, Howden developed UPTIME. We had learned from our customers that they were not looking for more data and reports to review. Instead they were seeking answers and guidance on how to operate the compressors in a more efficient and safe manner and to optimise maintenance philosophy and planning.
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