TRI designs and manufacturers variable speed fluid drives for large pumps and compressors. TRI has provided retrofit packages to existing applications. Many of these units have been made to the available space envelope. In other words, they are "custom made" for the specific application.
Consider an existing application that consists of a constant speed motor driving a constant speed compressor. In such a case, it is typical to move the motor back away from the load (pump or compressor), and install a fluid drive with new flexible couplings. In some applications, the same flex couplings can be used with new coupling halves of the same design and size that are mounted onto the fluid drive input and output shafts. Then, the existing flex couplings do not have to be removed from the existing equipment.
In most cases, there is no need for the manufacturer of the pump or compressor or the driving motor to be involved. TRI has considerable expertise in the required engineering skills such as rotor-dynamics and stress analysis. If the compressor or pump is to have a new application (process fluid or pressure) then perhaps the manufacturer might be involved. We can provide drawings for the foundation modifications and your civil engineers can create the necessary foundation drawings. TRI can supply the soleplates, or we can provide soleplate specifications and you can manufacture soleplates.
TRI has many variable fluid drives in service for boiler feed pumps from 3,000 to 28,000 hp at 3600 rpm input in power plants, as well as fans at 600 rpm.
TRI manufactures all of our products in our U.S. facility. In almost all applications, we machine the impellers and runners from forged steel. The consequence is that our equipment has a very high reliability record. Most of our fluid drives have operational records exceeding ten years between inspections.
TRI can supply complete oil systems, or we can provide the specifications for the actual hardware of the oil systems.
There is considerable energy savings that will result from application of fluid drives with large pumps and compressors. In addition, the starting operation for all components, motors, compressors, pumps, and any gears, is much easier, so life expectancy of the components is greatly increased. Removal of any discharge control valves permits improved ease of operation, and the valves that are removed no longer need maintenance. The time period that it takes to pay back the capital cost of the installation is usually measured in months. The reduced maintenance cost and increased production time (reduced downtime) should also be factored into the "benefit to cost" ratio.