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American Block, a Texas-based global leader in the manufacturing and development of oil drilling equipment, needed an API 7K certified braking solution for a new drawworks design with the capability of operating in temperatures as cold as -20 ̊C (-4 ̊F). The brakes were required to function in emergency stopping, standard parking, and controlled load transfer modes.
A major drawworks OEM needed reliable powertrain components for a new series of gear-driven AC drawworks used on land-based drilling rigs. The units are designed for operational efficiency with less weight, a compact footprint and reduced noise and vibration.
Specifying a brake which will operate reliably and efficiently, with minimal maintenance intervention, is a challenge that must balance initial expenditure with the through-life costs. The main factors to consider include more than simply the duty (whether the brake is being used for dynamic stopping, static holding or continuous tensioning), but also what sort of environment the brake will be located in.
A major global gas compressor OEM needed reliable couplings for a new gas recovery reciprocating compressor package. The multi-stage unit featured a preliminary motor-driven flash gas compressor scrubber and two motor-driven flash gas compressors. Three different couplings were required to connect each electric motor and associated compressor.
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