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Date: December 7th
Topic: Fundamentals of Reciprocating Compressors
Presenter: Randy Franiel
Location: Wood Group Mustang  (1100 1 St. SE), Townhall KE720
Time: 1:30  – ~4:30 PM


Randy Franiel, CET – Sr. Account Manager/Applications Specialist

Randy Franiel joined Compass Compression in July of 2008.  He has been working in various positions within the compression industry and has over 25-years of compression experience.  Starting with project drafting, then moving on to project engineering, applications engineering and customer sales.

Prior to Compass, Randy was at Toromont Energy Ltd. for eight years.  As Sr. Account Manager, he manages a large portfolio of clients specifically dealing with Larger HP compression and design solutions for high spec and technically challenged applications such as Acid Gas Injection, multi-unit planning and overall system designs.


  • History of reciprocating compressors
  • Applications: Markets, use in industry, features and benefits
  • Reciprocating compressor mechanical overview
  • Main components
  • Reciprocating compressor operation:
    • crankshaft, distance pieces, packing glands, cylinders, valves, VVCP’s
  • Rod load
  • Rod reversals
  • Volumetric efficiencies
  • P&ID design and review
  • Sour gas applications
  • Oil requirements
  • Package subsystems
  • Subsystem failures (cause and effect)
  • Trouble shooting