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Johnson Controls opens new laboratory

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Johnson Controls has completed construction and launched operation of a new US$6.7 million screw compressor testing laboratory at its manufacturing plant in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, US.

The new 7000 ft2 laboratory is used to test large screw compressors that support refrigeration and gas compression applications in the oil and gas and process industries. It allows Johnson Controls to load test and confirm performance of its compressors.

Bill Jackson, President, Johnson Controls Global Products, said: “We take our role in US-based manufacturing very seriously, and this lab really drives that point home […] With its impressive size and capabilities, we’re confident that this lab will soon be known as the center for screw compressor technology in North America.”

The laboratory is used to test screw compressor technology, including the company’s new ‘RWHII’ Series 408 mm sleeve bearing screw compressor and ‘HPSH’ Series high pressure line.

At the heart of the new lab is a 5000 hp variable speed electric motor. The test loop is rated for 1100 psig, supporting test conditions up to 1000 psig discharge pressure. An ammonia refrigeration system equipped with a Frick® RWFII 177 screw compressor with electric motor drive is used along with a cooling tower to remove heat of compression and achieve desired suction temperatures. The lab operates on nitrogen, with the ability to model a wide range of gases.

Ed Milligan, Vice President and General Manager, Industrial Refrigeration, Americas at Johnson Controls, said: “We’re enthusiastic about this new facility because it demonstrates Johnson Controls’ commitment to product innovation and to delivering high quality, state-of-the-art screw compressors for the oil and gas industry […] Furthermore, it proves our commitment to Waynesboro and the local manufacturing community by supporting the nearly 450 jobs at this plant.”

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