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Presenter: Fred Geitner

Mr. Geitner is presently the principal engineer of PMES (Process Machinery Engineering Services), an independent consultant and expert litigation witness in the area of process machinery reliability. He has over 40 years experience in the design, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of compressors…More


Compressor failures can cause significant problems from delays in production to the possible shutdown of the whole plant. However, good compressor operation and maintenance can cost-effectively maximise compressor life expectancy; while improving its reliability and availability to meet output requirement.


Course approach:


  • A very practical, interactive, experiential learning experience
  • A clear methodology applicable to all relevant organisations
  • Industry standard terminology and content
  • Rich content and solutions to site-specific issues
  • Interactive discussions

Key benefits and learning outcomes:

Over this 4-day training course, you will obtain valuable insights into:

  • Evaluating and augmenting the efficiency of compressor operation resulting in reduced energy consumption
  • Improving the knowledge of best practices and troubleshooting techniques to avoid and mitigate compressor failures
  • Defining the technical features and vulnerabilities of dynamic and positive displacement compressors
  • Identifying the criteria that can assist in cost-effective compressor selection
  • Using appropriate maintenance technologies to maximise compressor reliability and availability
  • Benchmarking compressor performance against industry standards


This course is aimed at:

Mechanical Engineers, Maintenance Engineers, Process/Contact Engineers, Reliability Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Operations
Managers, Maintenance Managers, Project Managers, Contract Managers, Asset Managers, Technical Managers
From Industries such as:
Oil & Gas, Mining, Energy & Utilities, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Food & Beverage Manufacturing, Agriculture

Course Outline:

Day 1

Centrifugal & Axial Turbocompressors Application Ranges and Limitations
Mechanical Design:
Casings, Side Streams, Rotors, Impellers, Bearings, Seals, Couplings
Basic Parameters:
Thermodynamics, Capacity, Power, Efficiencies

Day 2

Basic Parameters (Continued):
Gas Properties, Intercooling, Performance Curves
Selection of Process Turbocompressors:
Selection and Sizing Methods
Compressor Operations:
Operating Principles and Guidelines Performance Curve and System Characteristic
Review, Skill Test and Assessment

Day 3

Compressor Operations:
Surveillance and Monitoring (Vibration Analysis etc.), Managing ESDs
Instrumentation and Control
Surge Control and Protection, Recycle Valve Sizing
Approaches to Troubleshooting:
Principles of Root Cause Failure Analysis, Troubleshooting
Review of Site Compression Systems

Day 4

Compressor Maintenance:
Inspection, Maintenance, Overhaul and Repair IMO&R:
Planning, Execution, Documentation, IMO&R Q & A’s,
Alignment Techniques and Support Criteria:
Review of Dial Indicator Methods, Laser Optic Cold Alignment, On-Stream (Hot) Alignment Verification Techniques
Troubleshooting Examples from Recent Failure Incidents:
Attributed to Design Defects, Processing, Manufacturing &/or Maintenance Deficiencies, Assembly Errors, Off-Design Service
Conditions, etc.
Skill Test and Assessment

Please Note:
The precise content may change on the day depending on the specific needs of the delegates.

For volume discounts and in-house rates, please contact:
Phindi Mbedzi at 2KG Training
Tell: +27 (0) 11 325 0686
Cell: +27 (0) 71 125 6188

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