Dover Precision Components has an Innovation Lab in Houston, Texas. The nearly 12,000 sq.ft. (1115 m2) building will centralize the company’s test rigs for hydrodynamic fluid film bearings and reciprocating compressor components. It will also bring together Dover’s research and product development teams.
The Innovation Lab includes two compressor units, under commissioning, that will test valve and sealing technologies under various lubrication schemes and operating conditions. Additional test rigs will follow, the company said.
The Innovation Lab has four independent test bays to allow work on multiple rigs at once, as well as control rooms. Four additional rooms are dedicated to inspection and component testing. The setup also creates opportunities to expand capabilities and reconfigure test rigs in support of product development and customer testing.
Waukesha Bearings and Cook Compression use component- and system-level test rigs to validate designs and analytical methods, evaluate performance and reliability, test products under real machine conditions, and develop next-generation technologies.
Click here to watch a time-lapse video of the Innovation Lab construction.