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Emerson introduces Kop-Flex service program

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Emerson’s Power Transmission Solutions has introduced a new program for restoring used high performance couplings to like-new condition, certified to AI 671, with a full original factory warranty. The program is ideal for high speed (>1800 rpm) couplings used on turbomachinery, compressors, pumps, and marine drivetrains.

The Kop-Flex recertification program is a low cost alternative to replacement of a coupling, for just 50 – 60% of the cost for a new unit. The recertification program applies to all Kop-Flex disc, diaphragm and gear couplings, and the company’s four global service centres provide processing of most couplings in four weeks or less.

Dan Phillips, Kop-Flex Global Manager, Metals Industry Service, commented: “It is also an excellent option for adding a low cost spare to a plant’s stores. This is not a repair program, but more like factory service for a high-mileage car, except you get a new-car warranty and performance at the end”.

The program includes comprehensive mechanical/metallurgical evaluation with MPI and dye-penetration testing: updating to all current standards; glass bead blasting and hand polishing; replacement of wear parts such as disc packs, shims, and fasteners; precision dimensional and TIR measurement; rebalancing to original API 671 or 610 specs and return shipping in a custom crate. Glass bead blasting eliminates the need for machining/metal removal that might cause a need for shimming during reinstallation.

The recertification program requires return of the entire coupling structure. Couplings not originally produced by Kop-Flex are accepted on a case-by-case basis for limited services.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey

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