Erinn Andrews Case Study

Erin Jill Andrews[1] (born May 4, 1978)[2] is an American sportscaster and television personality. She hosts Dancing with the Stars for ABC and is a sideline reporter for Fox NFL.[3][4]

Andrews was previously a co-host of College GameDay on ESPN and a contributor for Good Morning America on the ABC network.[5][6] She also has an on-air presence at many major sporting events, including the Super Bowl and the World Series.

Early life and family[edit]

Andrews was born in Lewiston, Maine, to Paula Andrews, a teacher, and Steven Andrews, a TV journalist.[7][8] Her family moved to San Antonio, Texas when she was 5 years old, and then to Valrico, Florida,[9] 18 months later,[10] when her father, a six-time Emmy Award–winner, began working as an investigative reporter for NBC affiliate WFLA-TV.[11]

Andrews describes herself as a tomboy as a youth, living a life that always revolved around sports, watching NBA games with her father growing up, particularly Boston Celtics games.[10] Andrews cited Hannah Storm, Melissa Stark, Lesley Visser, and Suzy Kolber as female sportscasters she looked up to who ultimately inspired her to become a sportscaster herself.[10]

Andrews attended Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, Florida, where she was a member of the dance team, student government, and the National Honor Society.[8] Also while growing up, she attended Brandon School of Dance Arts in Seffner, Florida. In high school, Andrews claimed that, as a tomboy, she did not have a lot of female friends, opting to hang out with the boys, finding it more enjoyable to discuss sports with them.[10]

Following graduation from high school in 1996, Andrews attended the University of Florida, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Telecommunications.[5] While in college, she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority,[12] and the Florida Gators Dazzlers dance team from 1997 to 2000.[5]

Career[edit]

2000–2004: Early work[edit]

In 2000, Andrews was employed by Fox Sports Florida as a freelance reporter. From 2001 to 2002, she served as a Tampa Bay Lightning reporter for the Sunshine Network. From 2002 to 2004, Andrews covered the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Thrashers, and Atlanta Hawks for the Turner South network as a studio host and reporter.[5]

2004–2012: ESPN[edit]

Andrews began working for ESPN in April 2004 as a reporter for ESPN National Hockey Night. She has also reported for the College World Series, Little League World Series, and Great Outdoor Games. Andrews began serving as a sideline reporter for ESPN College Football Saturday Primetime and Big Ten college basketball games, and in 2005, her job expanded to include ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime and Major League Baseball sideline reporting. From 2008 to 2010, she reported for ESPN’s and ABC’s live coverage of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.[5]

Andrews has been a guest on several talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[citation needed]

In 2010, Andrews appeared on the tenth season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They placed third out of 11 couples.[13]

On January 13, 2011, it was announced that Andrews signed an endorsement deal with Reebok to promote its ZigTech brand.[14] Two weeks prior, as a sideline reporter during the 2011 Rose Bowl, Andrews noted that Texas Christian University Horned Frogs football players were slipping on the turf because of the new Nike shoes they were wearing. Due to the conflict of interest, ESPN announced revised endorsement guidelines for its journalists that required Andrews to end her endorsement deal with Reebok by the end of 2011.[15]

In November 2011, former ESPN executive Keith Clinkscales filed suit against an erstwhile colleague named Joan Lynch, claiming that Lynch had falsely alleged that Clinkscales had masturbated while sitting next to Andrews on an airplane flight earlier that year.[16] Andrews was reported to have disclosed the incident to a number of people, but chose not to pursue the matter with ESPN's HR department because she was still shaken by public disclosure of her stalking experiences.[16][17]

Andrews hosted the first hour of ESPN's College GameDay on ESPNU, and had been a Good Morning America correspondent on ABC since 2010, though she had not appeared on the show since covering the Oscars in February 2011.[6]

2012–present: Fox Sports and Dancing with the Stars[edit]

On June 29, 2012, it was announced that Andrews was leaving ESPN to join Fox Sports. She was the first host of Fox College Football's studio show with Eddie George and Joey Harrington joining her as analysts. Andrews is also a contributor on Fox NFL Sunday and serves as a field reporter for most major sporting events aired on Fox, such as the MLB All-Star Game, the World Series, the NFL Playoffs, and Daytona 500.[18]

With the launch of Fox Sports 1 on August 17, 2013, Andrews became the guest host of Fox College Football Kickoff and Fox College Saturday, a direct competitor to ESPN College Gameday, which previews the weekend's biggest college football games. Andrews would also contribute to daily studio show Fox Football Daily.

On February 23, 2014, it was announced that Andrews would replace Brooke Burke-Charvet as the co-host of Dancing with the Stars beginning with its 18th season in March 2014.[19] On July 14, 2014, it was announced that Andrews would be replacing Pam Oliver as the sideline reporter on Fox's lead NFL broadcasting crew.[20]

Endorsements and charitable work[edit]

Andrews became a spokesperson for the Kraft Foods Huddle to Fight Hunger campaign in 2010, which aimed to raise US$2.86 million for Feeding America.[21]

In October 2011, Erin Andrews teamed up with StubHub, the world’s largest online ticket marketplace, to launch a new national campaign called Girls Night Out. This campaign encourages women to celebrate and take pride in their love for sports with the opportunity of winning tickets to attend a game of their choice with their friends. A portion of the ticket sales from specific events will be donated to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. In a quote given by Andrews to Entertainment Business Weekly, she describes her affiliation with Girls Night Out as "a great way for women to show their team spirit this fall, I chose to work with StubHub on this because I know firsthand that many women are just as fanatical about going to games as men, and what better way to showcase that than being at a stadium with your friends and supporting such a great cause too." [22]

In May 2013, she co-hosted the Music Builds: CMT Disaster Relief Concert on the CMT network to raise money for the American Red Cross in response to the April 27 tornadoes in Oklahoma.[23]

At the beginning of the 2014 National Football League season, Andrews was named the new face of CoverGirl and partnered with the cosmetic company for the new #Gameface contest, which encourages women to upload their spirited, fan game-faced images, to social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook with the hashtag “#Gameface” and tagging @CoverGirl. There would be winners each week which would be picked by Andrews and the winner would be entered to win a pair of tickets to the 2015 Super Bowl. Andrews discussed her involvement with CoverGirl and the reason why she teamed up with the cosmetic company: "Female fans just aren't paid attention to, but there are so many female football and sports fans that are into looking pretty. It's about time a beauty brand got it."[24]

Andrews became an Orangetheory Fitness ambassador in October 2016.[25]

Stalking incident[edit]

In 2008, Michael David Barrett, then 46, filmed Andrews in her hotel room through peepholes at the Nashville Marriott adjacent to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Radisson Airport Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On July 16, 2009, one of these videos, in which Andrews appeared totally nude, was posted online and quickly went viral.[26] Barrett was arrested on October 2, 2009, by the FBI for interstate stalking, and pleaded guilty to the charges on December 15, 2009. A second tape of Andrews was discovered on Barrett's computer by authorities in which she is nude in her room at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This tape was never made public.[27][28] On March 15, 2010, Barrett was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison, three years of probation, US$5,000 in fines, and US$7,366 in restitution.[29] He served his sentence at the Seattle Community Corrections and was released on July 3, 2012.[30]

Andrews sued Barrett, Marriott International, Radisson Hotels, and five other entities for negligence and invasion of privacy in connection with the secret videotaping.[26] In her lawsuit against Marriott, Andrews alleged that hotel employees gave Barrett the dates she would be at a hotel and a room next to hers.[31] In 2011, Andrews worked with U.S. SenatorAmy Klobuchar to enact a new federal anti-stalking law.[32] Andrews was still trying to get the video removed from the Internet in July 2011.[33]

In March 2013, Andrews's lawyers filed a motion in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking to quash a subpoena from Marriott "seeking her payroll records, contracts, performance reviews, any disciplinary reports, as well as other employment information from her current employer, Fox."[31] The attorneys said that Marriott is also seeking "physician letters, notes, annual physicals, and other related medical records" and that the request was an attempt to "harass and embarrass" Andrews.[31]

In October 2015, Andrews filed a complaint against the Nashville Marriott and Michael David Barrett for US$75 million.[34]Jury selection for the hearing began on February 22, 2016.[35] On March 7, 2016, after a two-week trial, the jury awarded Andrews US$55 million.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Andrews previously lived in Atlanta, Georgia, but now lives in Los Angeles, California.[37] She was voted "America's sexiest sportscaster" in 2007 and 2008 by Playboy magazine.[38] She began a relationship with professional hockey player Jarret Stoll in December 2012.[39] The couple got engaged in December 2016 and were married on June 24, 2017.[40][41]

In January 2017, Andrews announced that she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in September 2016 for which she underwent surgery, and that following the successful procedure, she was cancer-free.[42]

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A Case Study in Nitrogen: Kateeva OLED Displays

Customer: Kateeva
Model: 2AN35D-H3321-BLMVA10-20/10T
Gas: Ultra high purity nitrogen
Suction Pressure: .8 psig
Discharge Pressure: 95 psig
Flow: 17.75 SCFM

Situation: California based Kateeva is creating a new class of production equipment for advanced flat panel display products like OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TVs. Through this process they questioned, what is the most efficient and effective way to compress nitrogen? They desired a compressor manufacturer that would assist in building equipment for their development.

Their major concern was finding a compressor that would not allow outside oxygen to contaminate the manufacturing process and product. It needed to keep nitrogen pure while stopping ingress of oxygen higher than 5 ppb (parts per billion). They struggled to find anyone that would even come close to solving their situation.

Solution: Mr. Mauck could not find a compressor to meet these requirements until he spoke with representatives from Hycomp. The Hycomp team worked together to understand the problem and find the correct solution for Kateeva to meet their difficult requirements.

Justin Mauck, Senior Mechanical Engineer for Kateeva, approached Hycomp with this situation. Hycomp accepted the challenge. They worked together to understand the problem and find the correct solution for Kateeva to meet their difficult requirements.

“Talking to the Hycomp engineers gave me a strong sense that they could really solve our difficult problem,” Mauck commented, “We had a hard time finding anyone that could even come close to meeting our need. When we found Hycomp, I thought ‘this is it’ and I was excited to work with them.”

The solution was a Hycomp ‘H’ Series: Extreme Control packing arrangement. The ‘H’ Series is designed to compress difficult to contain industrial gases. Suction gas is plumbed through the upper plenum chamber, equalizing pressure on, and providing cooling to, the upper packings. Three pairs of packings per rod provide the first isolation of the process gas. A second plenum chamber was added, through which purge gas may be run. Five pairs of segmented packings per rod, with a purge chamber between the top three and the bottom two packings are located in the bottom of the lower plenum chamber.

“Once I understood the technical aspects of the solution, I was confident that the approach was sound and that it would work. This helped me to be really confident when I went to present the solution to my manager and others that had to approve the purchase,” concluded Mauck.

Results: Hycomp tested the compressor at the desired conditions. It was observed that less than 5 ppb oxygen entered the nitrogen gas stream upon compression. The packing arrangement performed as expected. Kateeva received the compressor and installed the unit in to their process. They are still pleased with the performance and have experienced ultra high purity nitrogen results over the last 30 months.

This solution can be customized to not only help Kateeva but also solve your similar concerns. Additional quantities of packings may be added for tighter control. Applications where the suction pressure is lower than the pressure in the upper vent/purge chamber (vacuum or high pressure padding) can also be handled in standard configuration.

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A Study in Nitrogen

Nitrogen (N2) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that constitutes 78.08% by volume of the air we breathe. Nitrogen is an inert gas.

Nitrogen occurs in all living organisms. It is a constituent element of amino acids and thus of proteins and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). It resides in the chemical structure of almost all neurotransmitters, or in other words, nitrogen is an important chemical in the thinking process. As you read this article you are utilizing nitrogen to connect cognitive thought patterns via synapses in your brain.

The bulk of nitrogen produced in the United States is done via cryogenic separation of air; air is supercooled to a liquid state, and the different gases stratify, just as water and oil do in a glass. Nitrogen is then pulled out as a liquid. Air separation plants can be large facilities serving multiple customers covering several states, or site specific for large users of nitrogen. Cryogenic nitrogen purity can vary depending upon need, but can hold in the ppb (parts per billion) of contaminant gases.

A method of Nitrogen production gaining rapid favor for its ease of installation and relatively low cost are nitrogen generators that separate the nitrogen from air in the gaseous phase, either through the use of a membrane, or via pressure swing adsorption (similar to regenerative air dryers). These units are fairly small in size and production volumes (roughly 100-10,000 scfh per system), but can be 1/10th to 1/100th the cost of a cryogenic separation plant. However, gaseous nitrogen generators don’t produce pure nitrogen – they actually remove oxygen. So while the oxygen content can reach less than 10ppm, there will still be other gases present in the nitrogen that are also present in air – gases like argon, helium, carbon dioxide, etc. In many applications, this is acceptable, as the nitrogen is being used because oxygen cannot be present in the process.

Nitrogen has many commercial and technical applications. As a gas, it is used in heat treating of primary metals; blanketing of oxygen-sensitive liquids and of volatile liquid chemicals; the production of semiconductor electronic components, as a blanketing atmosphere; the blowing of foam-type plastics; deaeration of oxygen-sensitive liquids; the degassing of nonferrous metals; food processing and packing; inhibition of aerobic bacteria growth; magnesium reduction of aluminum scrap; and the propulsion of liquids through pipelines.

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Natural Gas Compressor for Ceprot Systems

Ceprot Systems have been a packager of natural gas compressors for well head applications in Estonia and the Baltic region since 2005. They offer engine and motor driven reciprocating and rotary screw compressors.

In mid 2012, Hycomp received a request from Ceprot Systems for a vapor recovery compressor to operate in a remote region of Ukraine. The application required a compressor to recover the natural gas vapors and compress them to a pressure that could be re-introduced into the production system. Due to the remote installation location and lack of cooling water, Ceprot required an air cooled system with very high reliability.

Hycomp was able to build exactly what Ceprot Systems required with an oil-free, air-cooled “F” block compressor and “G” series packing arrangement. This package included a skid-mounted compressor with motor, and air cooled intercooler and after cooler. It was supplied to the Sakhalin gas treatment plant near Kharkov, Ukraine. UKROilDrilling Company, LLC is the company now using the Hycomp compressor via rental agreement with Ceprot Systems.

“The unit is working in a very heavy application and remote location and we have had no service calls in the last six months”, stated Alex Shvets, General Director of Ceprot Systems.

The “G” series packing configuration is designed for service with flammable or hazardous industrial gases. Suction gas is plumbed through the plenum chamber, equalizing pressure on, and providing cooling to the packings. This design incorporates a purge/vent line to prevent leakage of the process gas.

Let Hycomp help determine the best possible solution for your application. Please contact Ben Brough or Ken Shiefer at 435-563-3695.

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Hycomp Welcomes Brian Llewellyn

Hycomp is proud to introduce Brian Llewellyn as our new Engineering Manager. As Hycomp continues to grow, Brian is now part of this exciting expansion. Brian is able to use both his engineering degree and MBA to manage a highly efficient and effective team. This team is committed towards continuous quality improvements at every step from designing to shipping of Hycomp products.

Brian understands that the customer comes first. He is able to make changes quickly and efficiently with Hycomp’s highly skilled workforce, while maintaining their quality standards. Hycomp excels at providing a quality product to customers and often in about half the time that competitors can accomplish.

“It is great to be part of the Hycomp team! I have been so impressed with each individual at all levels and their commitment to our quality products.” commented Brian.

Brian started his career at a Fortune 500 company where he learned the sustainable practices required for supporting a growing business. Using these practices, he will be able to apply that same knowledge into Hycomp. He understands the stages of growth and that each must be treated differently at every stage. It is vital for him to provide the quality products that Hycomp’s customers deserve and expect.

Brian stated, “I have never worked with such a devoted group of people. They will do whatever it takes to not just meet, but exceed our customer’s expectations. This type of commitment can be seen in the quantity of repeat business in both domestic and international markets.”

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Hycomp Donates to INSTEP for Expansion

Hycomp is proud to donate a portion of four compressor packages that were sent to Institut Teknologi Petroleum Petronas (INSTEP) in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. INSTEP is being expanded as part of a technical training partnership between Petrofac and Petronas. The donation is a gesture of goodwill and support for the industry, and INSTEP in particular.

Established in 1981, INSTEP was primarily set up to train skilled technicians and operators in meeting the rapid growth of the country’s petroleum industry. To date, INSTEP has trained almost 10,000 technical staff in the various facets of the oil and gas industry.

The units will be part of a new expansion of the facility to include an Upstream and Downstream Theme Park (UDTP), including two upstream plants, and one downstream plant, designed and built to replicate real units that will look and feel like the ‘real thing’. For safety purposes, the facility will not involve any hazardous substances. The upstream plant will be fed with non-volatile synthetic oil to simulate crude oil, and nitrogen will simulate the associated natural gas. The downstream plant will utilize an ethylene glycol/water mix to mimic crude oil, and nitrogen to mimic the hydrogen requirement. The four Hycomp compressors will simulate offgas and recycle compressors in the plants. Hycomp is pleased to be a part of this educational facility.

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Hycomp Made the List, Inc. 500|5000

For the third year in a row, Hycomp is listed on Inc. Magazine’s annual Inc. 500|5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Thirty two years ago (1981) Inc. Magazine began to publish an annual report of what was originally titled: “The Inc. Private 100: One Hundred of the Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies in the United States.” They have refined the title of this report and expanded it to a list of 5000 with a concentration on the top 500.

Hycomp has earned the rank of 2908 out of 5000 companies. In an industry top 100 list, Hycomp was ranked at 61 on the list of top manufacturing companies; in 2011 Hycomp was listed at 91.

From 2008 to 2012 Hycomp has experienced a growth of 226%. Hycomp’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Martin Malzahn attributes our constant growth to having a niche in the manufacturing market and a great ability to customize.

“We grow because we provide service to our customers.” said Martin.

We continue to push forward by researching new markets and applications where our compressors and boosters can provide quality solutions. Our niche market is increasing, and we look forward to more growth at Hycomp.

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Lisa Perkes: New Hycomp Marketing Specialist

Hycomp is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Perkes, a marketing specialist. Lisa comes to Hycomp with a background in web design and public relations.

Lisa will be heading up the newsletter and website. For any comments or questions about the newsletter, contact her at lperkes@hycompusa.com.

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Helium Shortage Creates Need for Reclaim Compressors

Whether you have noticed or not, a global shortage in helium (He) has existed since May of 2012. Have you recently tried to buy a floating balloon for your kid’s birthday party? You will have a hard time finding helium to fill the balloons and if you do, it is very expensive to purchase. This shortage has now reached a level the U.S. Government describes as a crisis. While the causes are many, the net result is helium prices are skyrocketing while supply is diminishing.

While helium is abundant in the universe, it is rare on earth. This gas is created when heavy elements like uranium radioactively decay in the earth’s crust. Most helium atoms diffuse to the surface and escape the earth’s atmosphere. Only a small percent of helium atoms are trapped in the Earth’s crust, much like natural gas. Helium extraction becomes economically viable in a select few deposits. Currently, the annual global use of helium is larger than the amount produced. This situation is convincing many companies to recover the helium rather than vent the gas into the atmosphere.

This is where Hycomp helium compressors have become a popular solution. Hycomp’s oil free compression keeps the gas stream pure. Our gas packing arrangement keeps O2 and other contaminants from ingressing into the gas flow. Our unique self-adjusting tangent/tangent gas packing arrangement enables Hycomp to maintain purity. One customer reported less than 5 parts per billion of oxygen.

Hycomp creates an extremely efficient piston ring seal by using our unique ‘L’ style piston ring designed around a proprietary material formulated specifically for helium.

Helium generates high heat in compression. Hycomp Engineers address this challenge utilizing low compression ratios and liquid cooling.

Demand for Hycomp helium compressors has increased dramatically over the past few months and we anticipate this trend will continue. Here are a few sample applications where helium is used:

Metal Processing
Oil and Gas Production
Offshore Industrial Diving (Heliox)
Semiconductor Manufacturing
Healthcare (MRI)
Glass/Mineral Production
Nuclear Energy Generation
Aerospace
Automotive
Cryogenics
Many Others

If you have questions concerning helium compressors, or any compressor for that matter, please contact Hycomp and ask for Ken Schiefer or Ben Brough.

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International Hycomp

A major contributor to Hycomp’s growth these past few years has been the international market. Hycomp has expanded its worldwide presence into eight new countries, increasing the number of countries that have Hycomp compressors to thirty.

According to industry experts, air and gas compressor exports are expected to increase 8.9% annually for the next five years. Hycomp has been exceeding this trend and is prepared to meet international demand. We have experience in packaging systems to ASME, ATEX, IECex, UL/NEC, CE/PED, KGS/KOSHA, GOST, and SQL standards.

As the world’s awareness of Hycomp’s quality and dedication to providing the best possible solution to each application increases, we expect international activity to continue increasing. We look forward to continued relationships with our international customers.

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Oil Pump Housing: Bigger – Better – Stronger

We all want to torque bolts down so that they are tight and snug. But when dealing with standard NPT threads, too much torque can lead to big problems.

The oil pump housings on a majority of Hycomp compressors have, in the past, been made from cast aluminum. The crankcases used on Hycomp compressors are supplied by an OEM and then modified to fit our customer’s needs. When the NPT bolts are over torqued, they can cause the oil pump housing to crack and fail. To fix this problem we decided to further our modifications to this crankcase and manufacture our own oil pump housings from billet aluminum rather than cast aluminum, and we have completely redesigned them for dramatically increased strength and longevity.

As you can see from the 3D rendering of both oil pump housings version (past and current), the new design is far more robust than its predecessor. The revised design is also more intuitive for installation, as there is only one correct way to install it. You simply install the oil pump housing with the word “TOP” at… well, the top.
All new compressor orders, starting in June of this year, are being built with these new oil pump housings and these housings are also available for older models. The following Hycomp compressor blocks will utilize the new design: B, C, D, E, G, H and V. The A-Block is splash lubricated due to its small size and the F-Block compressors already have been utilizing the billet aluminum oil pump housings since the early 1970’s.

The redesigned oil pump housing bolts directly to the same location as the old design and only require longer bolts, a different oil filter and a properly sized o-ring; all of which are offered as a kit for retrofitting older model compressors. Please contact Hycomp for more information and/or to order the new oil pump housing kit.

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197.4 Miles Through the Utah Mountains
Hycomp Team Runs the 2012 Ragnar Relay
Click on image to enlarge.

If you were to drive 197.4 miles it would take you between 2 and 3 hours. Running that same distance through the mountains of Utah only took our team of relay runners 36 hours and 6 minutes. Yeah, that’s right!

“If We Weren’t All Crazy, We Would Go Insane” has been our team name for the last 3 years and like the years preceding this one, our team has been comprised of Hycomp employees and friends. A dozen people that were crazy enough to collectively run almost 200 miles as fast as their feat could carry them.

Ben Brough, Hycomp OEM Sales Manager had this to say about his first experience with the Ragnar Relay. “Running was the easy part to prepare for. I found that it is the lack of sleep and not being able to eat right that makes the Ragnar challenging. The energetic atmosphere is something that can’t be explained, it has to be experienced!”

The Ragnar race is a relay, each runner has three sections of the course to run and each team has 12 runners and 2 drivers. But when you factor in the fierce terrain of Utah’s mountains, the almost complete lack of sleep for 36 hours, and running in the heat of June 15 – 16 the runners of this relay take a serious beating. And yet, year after year, they keep coming back for more.

The average person would ask the obvious question, “Why would anyone want to do this?” But to our runners and anyone else that has run in a Ragnar Relay, the question is quite the opposite, “Why wouldn’t you want to do this?” During the relay, there is a camaraderie forged among all runners, and especially tight friendships and bonds among teams as they cheer each other on. People who have not run a Ragnar Relay may never understand why anyone would want to do something like this… and that doesn’t matter to a runner, they will just keep on running.

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Team “If We Weren’t All Crazy, We Would Go Insane” Runners:

RunnerDistance
Tom Knowles21.1 miles (39 km)
Ben Brough13.7 miles (22 km)
Barbara Tidwell19.4 miles (31.2 km)
Stacey Moss14.6 Miles (23.5 km)
Angela Smith14.8 miles (23.8 km)
Andy Hansen17.2 miles (27.7 km)
Erinn James11.7 miles (18.8 km)
Reid Andrews15.9 miles (25.6 km)
Pete Hyde17.6 miles (28.3 km)
Robert James15.3 miles (24.6 km)
Mike Wiser19.8 miles (31.9 km)
Taryn Ricks15.9 miles (25.6 km)

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Special Tools & Engineered Solutions

When you are the only distributor around that has the right tools for the job, and when potential customers need help, who are they going to call? They will contact a trained service provider who has the right tools to handle the job with agility and precision.

In any industry, when a majority of products are similar, the same tools can be used on most of the products for maintenance and repairs. However, when a product is specifically engineered to match an application, special tools are often employed.

Hycomp compressors and boosters utilize over 10 special tools to administer precision maintenance. The most often used of which are the SA001, SA003 and SA004.

SA001: Valve Removal
The SA001 is used on all of our compressors that have unloader towers. It is used to remove and tighten the valve clamp screw. This tool will be used every time the valves are removed on a compressor that has unloaded towers. (4,000 and 8,000 hour preventative maintenance intervals).
SA003: Piston Rod Removal
The SA003 is used on all of our compressors. It is used to hold the piston rod in place while removing and installing the compression piston. This tool will be used on all 8,000 hour preventative maintenance intervals or whenever the compressor is disassembled ant further then the compression cylinders.
SA004: Oil & Gas Packing Installation
The SA004 is used on all of our compressors except F-Blocks. It is placed over the piston rods to make the installation of the oil scrapers and gas packings possible. SA005: Oil & Gas Packing Installation is used on our F-Block compressors and boosters. The SA004 and the SA005 are nearly identical; there is only one slight difference; the SA004 is a male connection to the piston rod and the SA005 (F-Blocks) is a female connection.

Special Tools & Engineered Solutions
A majority of the time, Hycomp compressors cannot be worked on without the use of the necessary special tools. Additionally, use of Hycomp special tools provides protection to the compressor and the soft goods. For example; when you are installing a pair of gas packings, each set costing about $300 (most compressors use multiple packing sets), the small cost of a $100 tool makes a lot more sense, especially when you could possibly be installing $1,500 worth of gas packings. If one or more of those expensive gas packings get damaged or chipped, it will not seal properly and then the compressor will have to be disassembled again to figure out which packing is causing the sealing issues. It makes simple sense that the purchase of a relatively inexpensive tool far outweighs the risks of wasting product due to poor or improper installation, not to mention possible extended downtime.

When providing service on a specialized machine, it makes sense to protect that investment by using the right tools for the job. When the proper tools are always used, absolute precision is always obtainable.

Click here to contact a Hycomp Service Technician for special tools support or call 435-563-3695

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AICD 2012: Return & Report

“We talked to nearly everyone at the show” said Rob Hunt, Hycomp Area Sales Manager, “And we were happy to attend the 2012 AICD, it is always a great show to be part of.”

Four members of our sales team represented Hycomp at the 27th Annual AICD (Association of Independent Compressor Distributors) Membership meeting in Florida: Ken Schiefer – Eastern US Area Sales Manager, Marty Malzahn – Sales & Marketing Manager, Freda Lasley – Sales Coordinator and Rob Hunt – Western US Area sales Manager. Each Hycomp team member agreed that the overall feel of this year’s AICD was a little different for Hycomp, Ken explains, “There really was not much general conversation about our product, it seems people are starting to really understand what Hycomp does and the products we offer. This year’s individual discussions seemed to all be centered on business.”

Through interaction at the AICD meeting and other communications with our distribution network we are finding that there is a strong desire to learn more about the applications where Hycomp compressors and boosters apply. Our distributors want to specifically know where to look for Hycomp sales and our training videos and other materials are covering that.

Hycomp has a new booth setup, which got several accolades from folks while at the show. Included as part of that booth, we use a flat screen LCD TV to display either a photograph slideshow presentation or in this case, a recorded power point sales training presentation. Rob and Ken both utilized the short 10 minute video to explain to distributors how Hycomp can more effectively train their entire sales staff and how this short video presentation can be used internally by their team.

The seminars at AICD were fantastic. Every member of the Hycomp team had great things to say about the seminars and were especially impressed with a presentation given by Bill Scales, which was titled: The Future of Distribution. Bill expounded on the wants, needs and fears of distributors and also talked about what manufacturers should be doing for their distributors.

Loyalty from manufacturers to distributors was a big topic of discussion during the entire weekend. It is always an important topic to us here at Hycomp as well. In our industry we have recently seen a little bit of a trend in which some manufacturers are cutting distributors out by selling direct to the customer. We highly value our distributors and have even fought to protect them in numerous cases. “Trust… It’s What We Build” is not just some sort of warm fuzzy slogan or tag line we use, we really believe in it and we take it very seriously. The trust of our customers and our distributors is paramount to our business plan. We thank our distributors for their continued partnership and we look forward to working with them, side by side, in the years to come.

CLICK HERE to see where Ken, Freda and Rob went on their way home from the 2012 AICD

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Hycomp President and Engineering Manager, Robert James, explained the revision, “As we’ve grown internationally, we found that our standard compressor model scheme was insufficient to meet the wide range of both domestic and international code requirements for heat exchangers and vessels.”

Therefore, in an effort to streamline, simplify and universalize the Hycomp ID Coding System we have removed these items from our standard model number for our customer’s convenience.

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Thriving in a Niche market

Every company should have a target market in which it thrives. Hycomp flourishes in a market segment that requires oil-free and high quality compression from 0-3,000 psig standard. Most of the larger companies do not even make a product offering in this corner of the market. This helps to make us unique, but that’s not what makes us successful.

Not a “one size fits all” Product Line
We are not looking to be everything to everyone. We do not restrict our customer’s choices to a standard compressor model from a catalog. That is not the Hycomp way. We custom build exactly what you need. This methodology is the backbone of Hycomp’s commitment to its market and one of several important characteristics that differentiate us from the competition: Our products are engineered solutions.

At Hycomp, what makes us truly successful is how we interact with each customer before the sale, then how well we back our product after it is in operation. We take the time to investigate each application to ensure that the chosen compression system exactly matches each requirement. When a new client discovers Hycomp, it is not unusual to hear that they have spent a lot of time and effort searching for a compression system that meets their specific needs. Their search ends when they call us. Hycomp compressors are tailor made to perfectly fit our clients’ individual needs and to provide efficiency, longevity and worry-free service. Add to that our high quality standards, personal customer service and endless technical support, and you begin to see a distinct pattern of why our customers choose us again and again.

Our customers are not the only ones that benefit from the Hycomp niche. Our unique product and services mean our distributors can comfortably carry both large, name brand compressor lines and Hycomp products without conflict in product function or loss of quality.

Hycomp Product Offerings
Air Compressors: When you need continuous oil-free air. Hycomp reciprocating air compressors are designed to provide continuous duty oil-free air up to 450 psig standard. Higher pressures are available. We apply heavy duty construction to incorporate the benefits of large industrial designs into our smaller oil-free compressors.

Air Boosters: When your plant pressure isn’t enough. Hycomp oil-free air boosters are engineered to increase existing plant air pressure. Our oil-free air boosters are a smart alternative to stand-alone compressors or air amplifiers because Hycomp air boosters are more cost effective, last longer and increase your overall energy efficiency.

Gas Compressors: When you need to compress any gas other than air. Hycomp oil-free gas compressors deliver a wide range of flows at pressures from a few psig up to 3,000 psig. We compress gases such as: nitrogen, natural gas, argon, helium, and carbon dioxide, to name just a few. These gases are accommodated with our safe, reliable and flexible oil-free gas compressors.

Niche Market
No matter what the market, it is always a good practice to specialize in something within that market that differentiates your company from the rest. If specialty and high quality were not important, the only stores you would see as you drive through your town would be those big box department locations.. Our specialization is providing solutions tailored to your exact needs. Rather than saying, “This is what we have,” we ask, “What do you need?”

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Rome Strip Steel: Hycomp Service Testimonial

It always feels good when someone tells you that you have done a good job, and it’s even better when a happy customer becomes a friend and trusted ally.

An end-user was having problems with their compressor and they wanted to do some maintenance on the Hycomp valves, but had never done any major work on the unit. The original manufacture was no longer in business and they basically had no one to turn to, so they called Hycomp. Even though we did not manufacture or sell the compressor, the valves being used on the unit were ours. We did everything possible to get them back up and running in a short time frame. The following testimonial is from Leo Angelicola, Electrical Engineer for Rome Strip Steel in New York.

“In 2007, we purchased a metallurgical atmospheric recycling system (MARS) from a company called H2Gen. Unfortunately, H2Gen went out of business in 2009 leaving us with a $1 million machine that was still in the startup mode and that didn’t work well. One component of the MARS is a Knox Western TP

120 reciprocating compressor which was experiencing valve issues. In May of 2010, through the help of Kelly Leitch, a former H2Gen engineer, we contacted your company [Hycomp] for help. Your service technician, Andy Hansen, was in the area and agreed to stop by. Andy was a tremendous help, not only in getting us back on line, but in educating us about the compressor and training us in the rebuilding of the valve assemblies. Since that time, we have purchased all the tools that Andy recommended and are able to rebuild and change valves very quickly.”

Leo then concludes his letter, “I cannot express enough how grateful we are to this young man for what he was able to do for us. It is difficult to keep this system in operation without the support of the OEM, and Hycomp has removed a major obstacle for us. Thanks for your help!”

Andy Hansen recalls that he felt very welcomed when he arrived at Rome Strip Steel (RST), “Leo and the RST maintenance staff gave me a very warm reception and I could tell they were ready to get to work and be trained.”

Andy worked side by side with Leo and the RST maintenance crew as they jumped right into some true hands-on training. “I trained them on the Hycomp valves used on their machine: how to remove and inspect them, how to clean and rebuild them and how to reinstall them, all from start to finish. The maintenance crew was a tad apprehensive about working on the pump as they had never previously taken one apart or had any training on it. By the time we finished they felt a lot more comfortable and confident about handling any future valve issues, and through proper maintenance, they have been able to extend the life of their valves by over 1,000 percent!”

Summing up his trip to Rome Strip Steel, Andy reported: “They listened while I was there and later implemented all of my recommendations and advice. Since my visit they have had success maintaining their valves and Leo has become a good friend and ally when it comes to these MARS units. We have subsequently been able to work together to provide assistance to another company that has one of these machines out in the field.”

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Discontinued Lines: Hycomp Has the Answers

Finding replacement parts for discontinued compressor models can feel like a wild search for buried treasure. If and when the parts are found the worry is still ever present concerning future maintenance.

Given the current economy, many of Hycomp’s main competitors are going through a product rationalization program. This reason is pretty straight forward, increase profits by reducing costs. The biggest loser in situations like this is the customer who purchased these discontinued model numbers in good faith, believing they would never have replacement parts issues. In some situations, the only way to obtain replacement parts was to buy a used machine and harvest parts from it. A simple online Google search will yield only a handful of these used discontinued compressors for sale.

In some cases, discontinued products are being replaced with wider range units that are not able to perform at the same level as the originally purchased units. One such discontinued air compressor, which was well known for its long lasting oil-free service and most commonly used for food and pharmaceutical applications, has been replaced by a lesser machine. The discontinued series has been replaced by oil-less compressors that claim to provide nearly the same service, but in fact, experience two major limitations:

1. Continuous Duty: Oil-less compressors struggle to provide higher pressures and have a shortened life span when operating continuously. The main reasons being sealed ball bearings, lesser materials and higher RPMs.

2. Higher Pressures: Due to the crankcase design and use of sealed bearings and therefore limited lubrication, these replacement oil-less compressors are unable to handle the increased load requirements necessary to provide higher pressures.

Enter the Hycomp Oil-Free Air Compressor
Not only will Hycomp air compressors handle the heavy duty industrial applications of the discontinued lines, it will provide truly continuous duty oil-free air. In many cases Hycomp air compressors are being purchased specifically to replace these failing compressors that could not be maintained due to lack of replacement parts. As other companies are discontinuing product lines to lower their operating costs, they are also sacrificing quality and longevity. Hycomp continues to maintain high quality oil-free compressors for continuous heavy duty operation as we always have since 1969.

Hycomp Air Compressor Capabilities:
Up to 450 psig Standard, Higher Pressures Available
Up to 75 HP
1, 2 and 3 Stage Units Available
Flows to 150 scfm

Building a Better Compressor: Oil-Free Vs. Oil-Less
Hycomp manufactures high quality oil-free air compressors that are designed for reliable continuous duty and longevity. There are 5 main factors in how we are able to accomplish this: 1) Materials of Construction, 2) Oil Isolation, 3) Crosshead Design, 4) Pressure Lubrication and 5) Lower Speeds.

Materials of Construction:
Our crankcases, compression cylinders and cylinder heads are made of cast iron and steel. Unlike aluminum, these materials hold their shape and don’t warp at elevated temperatures. The result is long term continuous duty.

Oil Isolation:
Our distance piece works in conjunction with our piston rod oil scrapers to isolate the oil in the oil lubricated lower end from the oil-free compression end. Oil scrapers remove oil from the piston rod while the open distance piece protects against oil vapor entering compression.

Crosshead Design:
By transferring the rotary motion of the crankshaft to reciprocating motion through the use of a crosshead piston, our compression and guide rings never see side thrust, dramatically extending ring life.

Pressure Lubrication:
Our crankcase is pressurized to provide generous lubrication to all moving parts and bearings. The oil in our crankcase is liberally delivered with pinpoint accuracy. In oil-less compressors the oil is sealed inside the ball bearing cases and not consistently circulated. This leads to more issues with heat and more ware and tear on the moving parts, especially at higher RPMs. The Hycomp oil lubricated bottom end decreases running temperatures, allows for higher discharge pressures and provides compressor longevity.

Lower Speeds:
Instead of running at speeds of 1100-1400 rpm as published in the oil-less compressor literature, we run between 400 and 800 rpm. These lower speeds offer cooler running temperatures, less wear per stroke, less vibration and lower valve impact forces.

The Hycomp Difference
If we sell it, we will support you and the compressor. In conjunction with our endless technical support and customer service our customers return to Hycomp again and again for our engineered solutions because purchasing quality capital equipment is always a good idea. Some people say, “They just don’t build them like they used to,” with Hycomp it could be said, “I am glad they still build things that last.”

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Meet Freda Lasley: Sales (& Parts) Coordinator

Have you called a company, needing either information or assistance, gone through an automated answering system that after 5 minutes of trying to talk with a person, you just get connected with someone’s voicemail?

That simply does not happen with Hycomp because actual humans answer our phones. If you have questions related to specifically parts or sales, all you have to do is say, “Is Freda there?” Hycomp Sales Coordinator, Freda Lasley, has the answers you want and even some you didn’t know you needed.

Freda comes to Hycomp with well over a decade of experience in sales and customer service. However, it is not merely her extensive experience that makes her so good at what she does, it is her professional attitude and ability to stand for what is right, even when it is not the popular choice at the time. She also thoroughly enjoys getting to know people and helping them find solutions to their problems. She explains, “In my mind, as a sales coordinator, I am working between the customer and Hycomp to build lasting relationships and work together with my customers to make sure they get everything they need. I want what benefits the customer most.”

Freda is very proud of the Hycomp Sales & Marketing team, of which she is an important part. “I have a great supportive team sitting right next to me every day. I have to trust my team 100% to offer true quality support and fulfill my customer’s needs… trust is a huge part of our company culture.”

In order to really know how Hycomp compressors work and to better assist her customers, Freda has spent many hours in Hycomp production and assembly. She has been in the shop, in dirty clothes with greasy hands, turning wrenches, assembling compressors and performing maintenance. When you call and ask what parts are needed for your compressor’s 8,000 hour maintenance, she knows because she has done it.

If you have already had a chance to talk to Freda, then you already know that she will take an aggressive approach in solving your problems and getting you the answers you need. “View me as your customer advocate… I will do all I can to support your needs and the needs of your company.”

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When it seems like everything is going wrong, who’s got your back?

Even the best products from the highest quality companies have been known to occasionally experience a problem or two. What sets a company above the rest is how they react to the situation.

In June of 2011 Hycomp shipped a nitrogen booster, to a fabricating shop near the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. This booster was designed to mate with an Industrial Solutions Nitrogen Generator and provide high pressure nitrogen for a number of their laser cutting machines.

“We experienced a few problems in the first couple months that were not normal according to Hycomp’s reputation, but Hycomp stayed with us every step of the way, with technical support over the phone and facilitating a nearby distributor to assist us. They even sent us out replacement parts overnight to get us back up and running as quickly as possible,” explained the facility maintenance supervisor, “The booster has been working perfectly ever since.”

To sum up the situation, the nitrogen booster had a few faults that caused it to shut down. Tiny, seemingly insignificant issues, that just seemed to happen at just the wrong times as if Murphy’s Law had declared an all out assault on this particular compressor. First the oil pressure transducer went out, and then a valve gasket went out twice. After a few visits from a distributor, Hycomp opted to send the end-user a complete cylinder/head assembly to get them back up and running strong. They then shipped the original assembly back to Hycomp so the exact problem could be ascertained without causing any more downtime.

“I have never experienced such solid technical support from any manufacturer. Hycomp did everything they possibly could to get us back up and running.”

We realize that it is impossible that every single part we manufacture will always be 100% without fault. However, we can always be 100% perfect on how we respond to our customers when they need us. We take serious pride in our customer service and technical support. That is why Hycomp technicians are available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. Hycomp has your back, every step of the way.

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Meet Ben Brough: OEM Account Manager (He speaks “engineering”)

When you contact a company in the compression industry it is very advantageous to connect with someone that truly understands what you are talking about and how to offer specific solutions.

Original Equipment Manufacturer Account Manager, Benjamin Brough, comes to Hycomp with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and over 7 years of sales experience. He understands the technical side of things and can speak that

engineering jargon that causes the general public to wear a blank expression. This talent allows Ben to talk directly to OEM engineers and ensure proper information is exchanged in a way both parties can understand.

Ben has a clear vision of what true sales and customer service ought to be, which has made him a valuable addition to the Hycomp Sales and Marketing Team. “I enjoy the technical side of sales,” Ben explains, “Each application is like a puzzle that I get to solve, and I enjoy getting to know my clients and provide them with real solutions.”

“I look forward to working with current and future OEMs and providing them with solutions to their applications, no matter how detailed.” Ben has an entire sales and marketing team to back him up and build on the tools and the talents he already has. No matter the application details or intricacies of a project, Ben can and will provide the best possible sales and engineering experience when a client calls and needs his help.

Whether it is hydrogen or nitrogen boosting off generators, dealing with deep sea diving breathing gas reclaim units or offshore oil projects, Ben is ready to get right into a project and provide the best possible solution Hycomp has to offer. Every contact is an opportunity to help solve problems and keep applications progressing.

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Sizing Compressors – Complete Information

When precision is paramount – information is king. A well built compressor is like a tailored suit, exact measurements need to be recorded and closely followed or the suit will not fit properly.

Hycomp compressors and boosters are designed and manufactured with precision to be an exact fit for the intended application. The Hycomp Application Worksheet contains all the informational fields necessary to provide a well tailored compressor that mirrors application requirements.

The Application Worksheet is just a two page document. However, the second page only exists to provide an area for detailed notes and sketches if needed. There are less than 30 fields to fill out concerning application details and less than 20 general fields, such as: Contact Name, Phone Number and email. Even though this form is very easy to fill out, the information collected is invaluable in providing the right solution.

Hycomp Area Sales Managers are available to assist Hycomp Distributors fill in the form. Working side-by-side with our distributors is very important to us. We also offer our highly skilled engineers as well honed instruments in the compressor sizing process. By talking directly with the end user engineer(s) and the distributor, Hycomp engineers are able to discuss the application and not only provide a solution tailored to the situation, but solve any potential problems before they occur.

We call this business approach: Engineer to Engineer or “E2E”. When the distributor and engineers from both sides of the sale communicate directly, the project moves forward faster while increasing product and purchase confidence.

There are some things on the Application Worksheet that appear more important than others, such as: gas, point of use pressure or flow. The hazardous location classification (Class/Division/Group) is an important factor when dealing with potentially hazardous gases. All fields are always important, as all information is necessary to provide the best possible solution. This information is more than necessary, it must be complete, or a compressor quote cannot be given.

Often in the sales process, a full and exact quote is not yet needed. Sometimes our distributors are only looking for a budgetary or “ballpark figure” to take to their client to see if pursuing a Hycomp compressor is a viable option. To accommodate these inquires we have included the “Quote Type” field where a distributor can either chose to receive a Full or Budgetary Quote.

Complete information is required for either quote type. But please remember, if there are ever any questions or even the slightest hint of doubt, our sales managers are always available to conveniently take this information right over the phone and answer questions. This method of explaining application requirements over the phone also allows our distributors to talk directly with sales and engineering experts. This interaction helps to ensure the right compression system is quoted, sold and manufactured.

When Hycomp sales professionals and engineers get involved, customer satisfaction increases as the compressor is tailored to provide an exact fit for the intended application

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3 Situations You Need to Know About

Hycomp compressors fit into three main situations. This may seem like an over simplified view of what Hycomp offers, and that is why we like it.

Other than parts and service, these three “Hycomp Situations” are the main reasons people contact us. Every product in any industry tends to have a niche. These three situations explain the Hycomp niche in almost perfect clarity.

1. Oil-free Air Above 150 psig
The Hycomp niche begins at 150 psig and every booster and compressor we manufacture is oil-free. Hycomp compressors have oil lubricated crankcases. However, due to a distance piece and several other safe guards the air stream remains pure because oil never enters the compression cylinder.

Any pressures below 150 psig are often best handled but a screw compressor. Screw compressors can handle pressures below 150 psig so well, that Hycomp compressors really can’t compete in that lower pressure range, as they can provide pressures below 150 psig for far less money than Hycomp air compressors. Pressures between the range of 0 – 150 psig are a great examples of the niche where screw compressors shine. There are still of course times that we have sold air compressors that supply less than 150 psig, but those occurrences are few.

2. When Plant Air Pressure Isn’t Enough
When plant pressure isn’t enough, an air booster is often the best solution. Standard compressed air systems in industrial facilities are typically designed for pressures of 80 to 130 psig. When higher pressures are required it is very effective to use a portion of your plant air and apply an air booster to obtain the desired higher pressure.

Other methods of acquiring higher pressure air such as stand-alone air compressors, air amplifiers and increasing the pressure of the entire plant are more costly and far less efficient. It simply takes more power to start from a standstill with a stand-alone air compressor, while an air booster gets a running start because it receives pre-compressed air. Air amplifiers are effective at obtaining higher pressures but they use approximately 60% of the inlet air flow to power the amplifier as they are pneumatically driven. Amplifiers are also best suited for intermittent duty applications while Hycomp air or gas boosters are built to handle continuous duty.

3. Compressing Any Gas Other Than Air
Hycomp engineers have a deep understand of gas compression, from the easily compressible gases to complex gas mixtures. There are always many variables when dealing with hazardous gases, but rest assured that Hycomp engineers have the skills and experience necessary to provide a safe, flexible and reliable compression system that will thrive in the intended application.

Manufacturing safe and reliable compressors is a job we take very seriously. When compressing gas there are 3 main concerns: Containment, Control and Contamination. Hycomp handles containment with three increasing levels of gas packing and plenum chamber arrangements. Control is applied via an application of superior components and a vast understanding of environmental and packaging concerns. No measurable contamination is introduced into the gas stream by a Hycomp compressor and as long as the inlet gas supply is properly filtered, the gas will remain pristine.

The Three Hycomp Situations

1) Oil-free Air Above 150 psig
2) When Plant Air Pressure Isn’t Enough
3) Compressing Any Gas Other Than Air

It really is that simple. When an application falls under any of these three situations, give Hycomp a call.

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Hycomp Gas University: Helium

Description:
Helium is a unique molecule that is used for much more than inflating balloons at the county fair. After hydrogen, helium is the lightest element and has the smallest molecular cross-section of any gas. Helium is one of the rare gases in our earth’s atmosphere in which it is present in a concentration of only 5 ppm.

It is completely inert to chemical reaction and radiation. Its thermal conductivity surpasses that of any other inert gas and is three times greater than neon, its nearest inert competitor. Helium’s boiling point of -452.1oF (-268.9oC) gives it refrigeration capabilities beyond those of any other substance. Helium provides a high rate of permeability and ease of detection with only slight solubility in the bloodstream. It is nonflammable and is only slightly soluble in water. It is usually shipped at high pressures at or above 2400 psig at 70oF (16 550 kPa at 21.1oC) in cylinders and in bulk units. It is also shipped as a cryogenic liquid.

Safety, Storage & Handling:
Gaseous helium is commonly stored in high pressure cylinders, hydril tubes, or tube trailers. Liquid helium is commonly stored at the consumer site in cryogenic liquid cylinders, portable customer stations, and specially designed insulated tanks. To minimize helium transfer losses, the shipping container for liquid helium is normally used for storage.

Users of liquid helium must also take special precautions in addition to those necessary for the safe handling of such inert liquefied gases as nitrogen and argon. The extremely low temperature of liquid helium makes these special precautions imperative; it can solidify all other gases and …more

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Pressure Drop: Understand it, Plan for it

There is nothing worse than making it through a technical project only to be disrupted by some critical detail that was overlooked. Pressure drop is often overlooked, misunderstood and misdiagnosed.

Pressure drop is often the cause of excessive energy consumption and poor system performance. If unaddressed before the purchase of a compressor or booster, you could be buying an improperly sized unit. If unaddressed or misdiagnosed for an existing system, it can lead to costly downtime, unexpected and even unnecessary equipment expenses.

Pressure drop is a term used to characterize the reduction in air or gas pressure anywhere in a compression system. A properly operating system should be designed with the least amount of pressure drop that is practical. For example, it is not practical to have long runs of undersized piping, but properly sized check valves are necessary and the pressure drop associated must be taken into account.

Imagine a freeway in a large metropolitan area that has only one or two lanes, onramps that bottleneck and numerous sharp turns. Traffic becomes congested and motorists have to slow down when using the onramps and navigating the sharp turns. Compressed air and gas systems experiencing pressure drop issues are similar to an undersized and poorly designed freeway. In this example the freeway represents the pipe sizing and arrangement, the onramps represent ancillary equipment such as filters, dryers and gas separation equipment while the sharp turns represent components such as valves, fittings and junctions.

What Causes Pressure Drop?
Any type of obstruction, restriction or roughness in the system will cause resistance to gas flow and cause pressure drop. In a distribution system, the highest pressure drops are usually found at the points of use, including undersized or leaking hoses, tubes, disconnects, filters, and regulators. On the supply side of the system, aftercoolers, moisture separators, dryers, filters and improperly sized piping are the main items causing significant pressure drops.

The maximum pressure drop from the supply side to the points of use will occur where the compressed air flow rate and temperature are highest. System components should be selected based upon these conditions and the manufacturer of each component should be requested to supply pressure drop information under these conditions. During the design phase, it is critical that occasional large flow requirements (air bursts, startup/shutdown of equipment, etc)

are recognized, and the system is designed to handle the pressure drops for these occasional large flows. This is exactly why, during the quoting and compressor sizing process, Hycomp salesmen and engineers work with our customers to completely and accurately fill out the Hycomp Application Worksheet.

The distribution piping system often is diagnosed as having a high pressure drop because a point of use pressure regulator cannot sustain the required downstream pressure. If such a regulator is set at 85 psig and the regulator and/or the upstream filter has a pressure drop of 20 psi, the system upstream of the filter and regulator would have to maintain at least 105 psig. The 20 psi pressure drop may be blamed on the system piping rather than on the components at fault. The correct diagnosis requires pressure measurements at different points in the system to identify the component(s) causing the high pressure drop. In this example, the filter/regulator size would need to be increased, not the piping.

Minimizing Pressure Drop
Keeping pressure drop to a practical minimum requires a total systems approach in design and maintenance. Air treatment components, such as aftercoolers, moisture separators, dryers, and filters, should be selected with an acceptable pressure drop at specified maximum operating conditions. When installed, the recommended maintenance procedures should be followed and documented. Additional ways to minimize pressure drop are:

• Properly design the distribution system.
• Operate and maintain air filtering and drying equipment to reduce the effects of moisture, such as pipe corrosion.
• Select aftercoolers, separators, dryers and filters having the least possible pressure drop for the rated conditions.
• Reduce the distance the air travels through the distribution system. If long runs are required, properly size the pipe.
• Use new, smooth bore, clean piping.
• Specify pressure regulators, hoses, and connections having the best performance characteristics at the lowest pressure differential.

Hycomp Investigation & Experience
When Hycomp compressors and boosters are configured and sold, they are sized to accept a specific inlet pressure and flow. If the pressure drop of all the other installed components before the Hycomp booster is not taken into account, for example, what was thought to be 120 psig at inlet could be more like 100 psig, then the booster may not be able to achieve the desired discharge pressure. Even if the compressor works harder to provide that pressure and succeeds, flow and/or reliability may suffer.

One thing that may be blamed as pressure drop is actually pressure loss. This can occur when process demands exceed the supply capabilities. If an application requires a specific flow and then that requirement is increased, chances are that the booster may not be able to provide the increased demand. For example, an end-user runs a laser-cutting facility and purchased a Hycomp nitrogen booster that mates with their N2 generator to provide 3 laser-cutting machines with 600 psig at 45 scfm flow each. If the end-user then installs 2 more laser cutting units without upgrading their nitrogen boosting setup, they could be disappointed in the results as the single booster may not be able to handle the increased demand (pressure and flow) at the point of use.

Hycomp sales professionals and engineers have the knowledge to assist distributors and end-users in properly sizing a compression system to fit the desired application. This begins with a thorough investigation on the front end of an inquiry and continues until the compressor system arrives on location and is in operation. However, if precise conditions are not given and system pressure drops are not accounted for, a perfectly operating and brand new compressor or booster system may not be able to meet the requirements. So much is riding on the original info that is collected using a Hycomp Application Worksheet; it is paramount this information be accurate.

Much like a cross country road trip, if you fail to properly plan your route, you could find you could find yourself far from your intended destination. All the information collected for sizing a compressor must be accurate or you could find yourself in a situation where the compressor just purchased can’t keep your application in operation. Trust your Hycomp sales and engineering team to help you plan and investigate each application, so your process always runs efficiently.

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Remote Mounted Controllers

The advantages of remotely mounting a compressor control panel far outweigh the disadvantages, but when hazardous conditions are not a factor, user preference takes priority.

When dealing with a hazardous area where explosive gases will always be present such as a Class 1, DIV 1 environment, there are only two choices as far as control panels are concerned.

1. Mount the control panel to the compressor skid and utilize hazardous area rated panels (NEMA 7 for example) and components to handle the dangerous location.

2. Remote mount the controller away in a non-hazardous area.

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