The Beginning of Bently Nevada's Reciprocating Compressor Monitoring Platform
In the mid 1970's, a Bently Nevada customer in the Netherlands had a question for our engineering team: "Could a Bently proximity probe be used to observe a piston rod as it dropped due to rider band wear?" The answer..."Well, yes it could."
That seemingly small special request marked the beginning of Bently Nevada's first monitor designed specifically for reciprocating compressors when a modified thrust position monitor became the first rod drop monitor. It also marked the start of Bently Nevada's now lengthy association with condition monitoring solutions for reciprocating compressors.
From those humble beginnings nearly 50 years ago, Bently Nevada now offers a comprehensive portfolio of hardware, software, and services specifically designed to address the special monitoring requirements of reciprocating compressors using our standard bearer 3500 and next gen Orbit 60 Series machinery condition & protection systems as well as our best in class System 1† software platform.
Today, Bently Nevada's reciprocating compressor monitoring solutions cover far more than just rider band wear with available measurements that provide advance notice on valve condition, pressure ring condition, pressure packing case condition, crosshead pin condition and many other important parameters on the health of your reciprocating assets..