New FKM material specifically to meet the demands of the oil and gas industry

With the newly developed FKM compound Vi 900, the seal manufacturer C. Otto Gehrckens presents a high-performance product innovation for use in the petrochemical industry. The material has proved its suitability as a dependable elastomer seal even under the most demanding conditions, complying with NORSOK test standard M-710 and also passing the hardness test with the best possible rating of 4x ‘0000’, without showing any damage whatsoever. Vi 900 is therefore ideally suited for use in production sectors which, as a result of the danger of explosive decompression, impose especially high demands on the seals used.

The special feature of this new product development is its outstanding stability under low temperatures. With a TR-10 value of -40°C, Vi 900 is suitable for the coldest applications, right down to -50°C and, as well as complying with the NORSOK standard, it therefore also complies with American standards API 6A and 6D for oil and gas installations. According to the manufacturer, combined with an extraordinarily good cold compression set this high-performance material sets new standards in relation to AED (anti-explosive decompression) and RGD (rapid gas decompression) seal materials.

A further plus point for this new FKM compound is its excellent resistance to a wide range of specific media and chemicals, from mineral oils to aliphatic, aromatic or even chlorinated hydrocarbons and also to acids in various concentrations and weak alkalis. And as the material is also characterized by very low gas permeability, a wide range of applications is possible. Vi 900 is used as a seal material in valves, ball cocks, pig traps or slider valves in production areas where the very highest levels of reliability and the best possible quality with respect to explosive decompression are required, above all in the petrochemical industry, in compressor construction and also in compressed air preparation. This new material is available with immediate effect.

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BITZER introduces warranty extension packages

Compressor specialist BITZER introduces complimentary one-year individual warranty extension for IQ products, which is extendable up to an overall guarantee of five years. For non-IQ products, specific warranty extension packages are now available in the 2018 official price list.

BITZER stands for quality and customer-oriented solutions. This is why the long-standing company is now introducing warranty extension packages exceeding the legally required warranty of 12 months for most of its products with additional benefits for IQ products.

As of 1 January 2018, customers benefit from a complimentary one-year extra warranty on all BITZER IQ products bought starting from this date – exceeding the legal one-year warranty. Activation of the free extended warranty is to be carried out by scanning the QR code on the product. Then, customers will be led through the self-explanatory activation process.

Intelligence pays off
BITZER IQ products include intelligent compressors and condensing units as well as certain components like frequency inverters and operating modules. Philippe Maratuech, Director of Services and After-Sales at BITZER, confirms: ‘We are confident in our abilities and therefore know just how reliable our products with IQ technology are. We want our customers to benefit from this confidence and to strengthen their trust in our intelligent solutions, which is why we decided to grant them one extra year of warranty with the purchase of an IQ product.’
This additional service is available in numerous sales regions on an annual basis and can be extended to an overall warranty of five years: on top of the one-year free warranty on IQ products, customers can extend their warranty if they buy the warranty extension package.

Purely flexible
With the warranty extension, most BITZER products’ warranties can now be extended to a duration of up to five years, for a fraction of the product’s price. Product and time span are freely selectable by the customer, which makes the warranty extremely flexible and easy to manage. BITZER partners get the opportunity to further protect their BITZER compressors and condensing units, offering their most demanding customers an optimal way of safekeeping their investments.

The BITZER Group is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of refrigeration compressors. BITZER is represented across the globe through distribution companies and production facilities for reciprocating, screw and scroll compressors, pressure vessels and heat exchangers. In 2016, 3,400 employees generated sales of €680 million.

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