Innovative Engineering to Reduce Harmful Waste Products
Allan Mathis, Principle Engineer • James Cardillo, Structural Analyst
The robustness of a compressor with the simplicity of a blower fan.
In the face of growing environmental challenges, many industries continue to evolve and search for new ways to reduce the expulsion of harmful waste products into the atmosphere. Applications and opportunities involving the harvesting and recycling of waste gases continue to present themselves as industries push to refine and clean up their processes. This industrial push comes with its own set of challenges, however, especially when dealing with the harshness and inconsistency of waste gas materials. A customer approached RMS with such a challenge.
RMS was eager to work with the customer to develop a solution.
The customer was attempting to use an industrial blower fan to blow waste gas products from a dirty process into a furnace where harmful components of the gas could be burned off and steam could be salvaged for energy. The industrial blower fan was subjected to very harsh process gases and operating conditions which exceeded typical standard operational requirements, including speeds closer to that of an industrial compressor. As a result, the customer was experiencing persistent failures and reliability issues with their existing blower fan design and was in dire need of something above and beyond a standard industrial blower fan.
RMS Supports Critical Rotating Machinery Systems and Controls
Gary O'Connell, Principle Engineer • Joseph Vanden Oever, Principle Engineer
Systems and Controls for your rotating machinery are some of the most important systems at your facility when it comes to safe operation. Ensuring these systems are properly set up for reliable and predictable operation requires experience and deep technical understanding to execute. Here at RMS, our staff has over 50 years of combined experience with rotating equipment packages, which includes installations across the globe. The RMS team is here to support your rotating equipment needs backed by decades of engineering expertise.
RMS focuses on the controls and monitoring of the rotating equipment package, which includes its auxiliary systems. RMS can provide solutions for the total control system replacement or partial system upgrades for your rotating machinery. RMS also supports instrumentation upgrades, which include switches to transmitters and annunciators to HMIs. For customers seeking seal and seal system upgrades, RMS has experience providing upgrades from oil seals to dry gas seals to help customers meet API692 requirements. Here at RMS, we have experience integrating all major PLC platforms based on customer preference including GE, AB, Siemens, Hima, Triconex, Schnieder, etc.
RMS engineers have vast experience creating designs for compressor systems following API guidelines when required for condition monitoring and auxiliary system design. This includes integrated turbomachinery-specific controllers such as Bently Nevada, Woodward, and CCC.
Properly designed and functioning controls systems increase compressor reliability while promoting personal safety as well as minimizing downtime due to equipment failures. Whether a new installation or a controls upgrade to an existing installation, RMS understands the importance of collaborating with the customer to ensure any control system, regardless of scope, has adequate protection for the rotating equipment. End-users may have a better understanding of the overall process requirements but RMS, as the machinery supplier, has a better understanding of what is required for machine safety and protection.
Don’t wait until it is too late to review your rotating equipment systems. If it is time to upgrade your systems or controls and monitoring equipment ranging from simple instruments to complete panel or lubrication and sealing systems upgrades, RMS can support your needs. Even if you have original equipment packages provided by other manufacturers, we can review them with you and provide upgrade recommendations.
Adam Freberg, Senior Designer — Adam brings more than 20 years of experience in rotating machinery with a specialty in CAD design/modeling of steam path components. Prior to RMS, Adam worked at Siemens where he gained knowledge modeling steam path hardware for a host of different steam turbine product lines. Adam also has experience modeling straight, twisted, and taper-twisted airfoils with radial entry, axial entry, and finger style dovetails/roots.
Peter Martin, Design Engineer I (Bethlehem, PA) — Peter graduated from the University of Alabama (Huntsville) with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. During his studies, Peter led a team of undergraduate students who competed in the NASA University Student Launch Initiative Competition, where they placed 3rd in a field of 46 teams. Peter has also worked as an intern at Mac Trucks and as a Fleet Engineer at Air Products.
Christina Sapp, HR Coordinator (Houston) — RMS welcomes Christina to the Human Resources team where she will work in RMS’s North Chase Office. Christina’s experience in on-boarding new employees, managing employee files, and using HR management systems will be critical as RMS continues to grow and expand.
LaKeshia Snyder, Accounts Payable - Staff Accountant — LaKeshia joins the RMS accounting team as Staff Accountant based in Bethlehem, PA. LaKeshia’s previous accounting experience saw her managing the Accounts Payable team to ensure daily processes were correctly followed. LaKeshia also has a wealth of experience implementing and updating procedures in collaboration with company-wide representatives. Along with her account experience, LaKeshia runs a non-profit organization focused on animal rescue.
Thomas Keller, Shop Supervisor (Bethlehem, PA) — RMS welcomes Tom as the Shop Supervisor in Bethlehem. Tom started his career in the United States Navy where he spent 20 years of his career, eventually retiring as an Aviation Electronics Technician Petty Officer First Class. After the Navy, Tom joined Philadelphia Energy Solutions where he spent 14 years working as part of the maintenance management team.
Thomas Garrity, Manufacturing - Shop Scheduler (Bethlehem, PA) — Tom joins the RMS Bethlehem shop team as the shop scheduler. Tom has experience Identifying bottlenecks, managing budgeted hours versus actual hours, and tracking material movement in a manufacturing setting. Tom has previous work experience at Siemens where he worked as a Master Router and Planner gaining valuable experience scheduling the manufacturing of highly-engineered rotating equipment.
Edgar Rodriguez, Manufacturing Shop Scheduler (Houston) — Edgar Rodriguez joins RMS with more than 10 years of manufacturing schedule management experience. Prior to RMS, Edgar worked at Galperti Inc. and W.W. Granger Inc. where he gained knowledge of manufacturing and schedule management. Edgar’s experience reviewing the master production schedule to accommodate expediting the priorities against resource availability is a critical addition to the RMS team.
Rodney Richardson, IT Technician (Houston) — Rodney joins the RMS IT Team with 20-year background in telecom, networking, and desktop support. Rodney has a wealth of experience in systems support, desktop support, and the implementation of new software. RMS looks forward to adding Rodney to the IT team where his experience and skills will benefit the entire RMS organization.
Manuel Rivera, Mechanic (Houston) — Joins RMS with more than 20 years of experience manufacturing pumps. Along with pump experience, Manuel also has knowledge in pump machinery and gearboxes and including inspecting, troubleshooting, pump assembly and disassembly, and refurbing of pumps.
Christopher Anderson, Mechanic (Houston) — Chris is a knowledgeable mechanic with more than 20 years of work experience. With previous work experience at Ethos Energy and PSG, Chris offers a diverse background that is a welcomed addition to the RMS team. In addition to his work experience, Chris has certifications in, Lockout Tagout, CPR, and First Aid.
Michael Madruga, Machinist (Houston) — Michael is a skilled machinist with experience producing precision parts with strong attention to detail. He is certified by Mastercam for mill design and tool paths. Michael has extensive experience setting up and operating a variety of machines, editing programs, and meeting production requirements. A United States Navy Veteran, Michael started his career manufacturing secret level one parts for submarines and other class of warships.
Jose Salazar, Machinist (Houston) — Jose joins RMS with 16 years of rotating machinery experience, most of which was spent with manual machining. Jose also has experience with assembly and disassembly of various types of rotating equipment.
Pictured: Peter Martin, Design Engineer I