GEA, a technology supplier for a broad spectrum of industries, has recently refurbished one of its 1993 refrigeration compressor packages located in Lancaster, PA. The GEA fabrication team donated time and materials to rebuild the unit within four weeks. The compressor is now on display and will be used for instructional training in the main lobby of the Advanced Manufacturing Center on the Thaddeus Stevens campus.
In support of the rebuild project for educational purposes, TB Wood’s donated a new Sure-Flex® Plus coupling to connect the 100hp drive motor to the compressor. The type 10C (7.5″ dia.) clamp hub coupling features a two-piece EPDM sleeve design with a retaining ring. The EPDM sleeve is made of improved rubber compounds that offer a 30% increase in torque ratings when compared to previous sleeves and competitor offerings. TB Wood’s is the only sleeve coupling manufacturer that offers a catalogued clamp hub style coupling.
A smaller size 6 Sure-Flex Plus coupling that connects the oil pump to a 3hp drive motor was also donated. Economical Sure Flex Plus couplings are preferred by many screw compressor manufacturers due to their ease of installation and ability to accommodate misalignment.
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