L.A. Turbine Declares War Against Wires

Ares turboexpander features skid-mounted control system, PLC

L.A. Turbine
L.A. Turbine collaborated with Waukesha Magnetic Bearings to create a turboexpander-compressor with the controls mounted on the skid.

L.A. Turbine’s new turboexpander-compressor doesn’t have any strings to hold it down, an intentional move on the company’s part to keep all the necessary connections and wires closer to the skid.

Instead of running wires from the turboexpander to its controllers in a separate building several paces away, the Ares active magnetic bearing (AMB) turboexpander-compressor features a skid-mounted control system and programmable logic control (PLC) panel. By placing these components on the skid, gas processing operators can have their turboexpander packages preconfigured ahead of time and ready to go once it lands onsite.

It’s all part of L.A. Turbine’s plan to make AMB-equipped turboexpanders popular and less costly for gas processing midstream applications, especially with the lure of fewer wires and components.

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This story first appeared in the August-September issue of COMPRESSORTECH2. We only publish a fraction of our magazine content online, so for more great content, get every issue in your inbox/mailbox and access to our digital archives with a free subscription.

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