Welcome to Cook Compression U

Cook Compression U webinars are designed to give you knowledge and tools to evaluate your compressors’ operation and make decisions that drive profit. Experienced members of our engineering and sales teams discuss compressor fundamentals, common challenges, best practices and proven solutions. These webinars cover a wide range of topics to help you do your job better.

Recorded Webinars

Near-Zero Emissions for Net-Zero Goals

As the regulatory landscape evolves towards more stringent emission requirements, compressor manufacturers, owners, and operators seek reliable solutions to help them comply with government mandates and corporate ESG goals. In this webinar, Cook Compression will explain the drivers behind developing the COOK CLEAN® Sealing System, which reduces fugitive emissions to near-zero levels, and share a success story about the benefits a Southern California gas distributor achieved when they installed the system.

Technical Challenges for Reciprocating Hydrogen Compressors

Many sustainability experts believe that there can be no climate solution without clean hydrogen while energy experts know there can be no clean hydrogen without compression. However, successful hydrogen compression presents unique challenges due to an operating environment of high pressures, temperatures, and purity. Overcoming these challenges will require a novel approach to product development and a new generation of equipment that utilizes advanced components.

CompressorTech2 magazine and Cook Compression held a panel discussion that dives into why developing new materials is key to meeting the challenges of transitioning to hydrogen energy, how the Dover Precision Components Innovation Lab plays a key role, and where we are seeing early signs of success.

Expect More: How Adanced Materials Can Enhance Reciprocating Compressor Performance

Efficient, reliable reciprocating compressor performance depends heavily on the appropriate application of materials for critical components such as packing and piston rings. Gas types, pressures, temperatures, humidity levels, speeds, lubrication conditions, etc., all require consideration. Over the years, specialized composite materials made from high-end polymers and additives have been developed to address the challenges of dynamic gas sealing at very high speeds, high pressures or other arduous conditions.

This webinar will provide insight into the materials science associated with the development, testing and application of advanced polymer composites for reciprocating compressors, including non-lubricated applications. Particular focus will be given to key material properties and selection criteria, and how the latest advances enhance durability and effectiveness.

Minimizing Fugitive Emissions and the Carbon Footprint of Reciprocating Compressors

Session 1: Limiting Fugitive Emissions by Reducing Packing Case Leakage

Hydrocarbon gas leakage from oil and gas compression machinery has been cited as a major contributor of greenhouse gases by both the US EPA and DOE. Gas compressors have many potential leak sources where improvements can be made, either through new technology or improved maintenance and operational practices. This webinar focuses specifically on packing cases and the factors affecting packing life. We review maintenance best practices, assess possible modifications and demonstrate Cook Compression’s capabilities to minimize and control emissions.

Session 2: Lowering the Carbon Footprint through an Optimized Compressor Configuration

Reciprocating compressors that operate in a suboptimal configuration can lead to excessive and unnecessary carbon emissions. The root cause of these emissions is varied, yet most directly relate to operational efficiency and the negative ramifications of unplanned shutdowns, especially where flaring is utilized. This webinar provides detailed insight into common reciprocating compressor performance and reliability pain points and how they can be addressed. Cook Compression experts review how cylinder valves and ancillary components contribute to excessive emissions.

Failure Modes, Wear Patterns and Maintenance Best Practices

Session 1: Troubleshooting Valve Failures

Take an in-depth look at compressor valve failures, including mechanical failure mechanisms and environmental causes. We examine common wear patterns and critical information for identifying the root cause of failure. The webinar also addresses critical steps you can take to reduce valve failures.

Session 2: Troubleshooting Rod Packing Wear

Worn rod rings create leak paths for fugitive emissions in reciprocating compressors. Review common failure mechanisms and wear patterns for rod rings, as well as indicators of wear in compressor monitoring outputs. The webinar also introduces several solutions that address frequent causes of wear, such as high pressures and frictional heat on the piston rod.

Addressing Common Reciprocating Compressor Challenges

Session 1: Improve Valve Reliability

For most compressor operators, valve failure is the most common cause of unplanned compressor shutdowns. Watch our 1-hour webinar to better understand why valve failures are so common and what you can do about it. The webinar also addresses best practices for valve maintenance, as well as how to evaluate when a valve upgrade may become the more economical solution.

Session 2: Extend Wear Component Life

Like compressor valves, pressure packing cases, piston rings and rider bands will see many millions of cycles per year and are critical compressor components. Explore the factors affecting component life, review maintenance best practices, and assess possible modifications that can help extend your maintenance intervals.

Session 3: Limit Packing Case Leakage

The packing case is the primary source of reciprocating compressor fugitive emissions. This webinar covers the fundamentals of packing case operation and discusses three ways to reduce leakage along the piston rod. Among the topics is effective packing case sealing when a compressor is in standby mode.