A Guide to Sealing Strips in Turbines and Compressors
April 27, 2022

Minimize Capital Expenditures by Updating Legacy Rotating Equipment

We at Houston Dynamic Supply have seen all sorts of equipment from dinosaurs that are decades old to the latest in new technology. Each of these pieces of machinery have their own pro’s, con’s, and unique challenges. From integrating into a new system, upgrading to meet new demands, or looking for the root cause of imminent breakdowns that threaten entire operations. Many owners are apprehensive about buying brand new equipment, as they should be. However, there is often the option to minimize capital expenditures by updating legacy rotating equipment.

Make a Note of Performance Improvement

All rotating equipment will lose a step eventually, even with regular and proper maintenance. Any cost to benefit analysis in consideration when updating legacy equipment should always include any and all performance improvement. Be sure to account for:

  • Current estimated remaining lifespan.
  • Estimated reduction in fuel consumption.
  • Increased life of parts such as bearings, seals, etc.
  • Lower cost of parts.
  • Changes in maintenance.
  • Mean time between planned maintenance.
  • Mean time between repair.
  • Improved warranties.
  • Improved safety.
  • Increase in output.
  • And any other relevant factors to add to the benefits of upgrading.

Factor in Any Costs Associated with Updating Legacy Rotating Equipment

Updating your equipment also comes with costs in both time and money. Updating your equipment may involve repairing or rebuilding anything from gear boxes and compressors all the way to seal strips, as well as fixing issues such as imbalance, vibration, and more. The usual route when updating legacy equipment is to:

  1. Determine what parts need replacement.
  2. Shop around for parts, price, availability, shipping times, and warranty information.
  3. Wait for parts to arrive from the manufacturer or distributor along with any equipment needed to install them.
  4. Installation either in house or via contractor.
  5. Test and return equipment to service.

All of these steps can be timely and costly, especially if done via incorrect channels. In addition to these costs, you should also calculate your new equipment’s projected lifespan.

Get a Rotating Equipment Expert to Help

Before making a decision, we recommend you shop around for a qualified expert who serves your area who can accurately help you determine both the costs of any new parts that are needed along with the time to acquire them. Many contractors can also perform advanced tests on your legacy rotating equipment to see and confirm what an update can do before you spend a dime on any upgrades.

Houston Dynamic Supply Repair vs Replace vs Upgrade Pumps

We at HDS are a leader in updating legacy rotating equipment such as pumps, turbines, compressors, fans, blowers, centrifuges, and many others. Our expert team can help you determine the best course of action for your equipment including upgrading machinery versus the costs of repairing or replacing. Our state of the art Gulf Coast facility houses personnel with over 40 years of experience. It all combines to help you make the best decision for your operation.