Dover Precision Components (Dover), a provider of performance-critical solutions for rotating and reciprocating machinery and parent company to Waukesha Bearings and Cook Compression, has moved into its new 12,000-sq.ft. (1114-m2) lab in Houston, Texas, USA. (See “Dover Breaks Ground On New Houston Facility,” December 2019 Gas Compression Magazine, p. 12.)
The facility centralizes the company’s test rigs for hydrodynamic fluid film bearings and reciprocating compressor components and brings together the research and product development teams. Two compressor units used to test valve and sealing technologies under various lubrication schemes and operating conditions have already been installed and are undergoing commissioning. Test rigs supporting fluid film bearing materials development will be commissioned in the coming months, with additional rigs to follow.
Waukesha Bearings and Cook Compression use component- and system-level test rigs to validate designs and analytical methods, evaluate performance and reliability, prove out solutions under real machine conditions, and develop next-generation technologies. The new facility has four independent test bays to allow work on multiple rigs at once, and dedicated control rooms for safe operation of the equipment. Four additional rooms are utilized for inspection and component testing.
“Occupancy of the Innovation Lab is an exciting milestone and an emphatic reminder that Dover Precision Components is a forward-looking company,” said Jane Kober, vice president of innovation and marketing at Dover. “We are committed to providing our customers with proven solutions for reliability and efficiency, today, tomorrow, and long into the future.”