CPI is an international manufacturing and services company providing the highest quality products and services to the compression industry. Its compressor equipment is used in air separation units (ASUs) where dozens of design configurations are used based on specification requirements for the final product. CryoGas International interviewed David Schroeder, Vice President of Technology, of CPI to see how the compressor equipment for ASUs has changed in the past 25.
CryoGas International: Today CPI is a leading manufacturer of precision engineered sealing components for the compression industry, a supplier of packing, piston, and rider ring product lines, and a designer of compressor valves. In 1990, what was your range of product offerings?
CPI: Our company is over 100 years old and was built on our primary range of sealing product offerings, including packing and wiper rings, piston and rider rings, and valves. CPI has enhanced these products with design and material upgrades over the last 25 years, in part thanks to significant advancements in polymer technology and computer simulation. Recently, we expanded our service capabilities, such as strategically placing over 20 service centers for reconditioning products close to customer locations. We also added field service crews that work on both onshore and offshore customer sites all over the world and acquired a line of lubrication components and systems that complement the many lubricated compressor applications.
CryoGas: In 1990 the average ASU had a capacity of about 500 tons per day. With production capacity now possible up to 5,000 tons per day, today’s ultra-modern facility pushes technical boundaries. How has CPI’s product portfolio been designed to meet these changing needs?
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