At the end of the last century, it was commonly thought that he reciprocating compressor
era was ending and no recip would
remain in service beyond 2010.
During the industry consolidation
of the 1980s, many recip manufacturers decided to stop production of
these machines altogether, a decision that created problems in the relationships between customers and
the OEMs who had recently supplied
them with recips.
Who would perform necessary services and supply spare parts for a piece
of machinery with an expected lifetime
estimated at more than 50 years?
The OEMs’ recip specialists were
assigned to other product lines and
the customer-OEM contacts were get-
ting looser and looser with increasing
pressor Service continues its busi-
ness as an entity of NEA Group.
NEAC Compressor Service services a portfolio of 11 legacies. In addition to the above-mentioned brands,
the lines are: Erhardt & Sehmer,
Demag (Brazil operation), Mafa
Wurzen, Chicago Pneumatic, GHH
Esslingen (high-pressure compressors), Borsig (for the former recips built
in Berlin until the end of 1995) and Penn
NEA is the only company that has
implemented a policy to become an
OEM service provider for legacies, although other companies have picked
up brands through acquisitions, such
as Cameron has done via mergers with
Ajax, Superior and Cooper-Bessemer.
NEAC supports only the reciprocating compressor product brands for
Legacy Equipment Gets OEM
Support > Neuman & Esser services 11 orphaned compressor lines
BY ROBERTO CHELLINI
n A manufactured and aligned GHH
hyper crosshead and traverse positioned on a master bed.
This situation reached the point
that the old OEM, not to compromise
its reputation on the marketplace, had
to find a solution that would satisfy
its former customer.
Neuman & Esser (NEA), which
never believed that recips would become obsolete, took a chance and
in 1988 established NEAC Compressor Service. The new business
signed a 50/50 joint venture agreement with Atlas Copco to service its
recips, which comprised the KSB
and Linde brands together with NEA
and Halberg compressors.
The experiment, as well as being
successful for both parties, proved
its value for the customers who had
again a direct contact with an active
compressor manufacturer. After 10
years of successful operation this JV
was finalized. Since then, NEAC Com- continued on page 54