Ro-Flo Compressors no longer has to find a place to test its products to ASME, PTC, ISO,
API, customer-specific or proprietary
standards. The rotary vane compressor supplier can just take its equipment 2 mi. ( 3. 2 km) east of its Appleton, Wisconsin, offices to its recently
built Rotary Test Center.
The 7500 sq.ft. (697 m2) facility tests
all rotating equipment, such as positive
displacement compressors, centrifugal
compressors, pumps, turboexpanders,
gearboxes, and all support compo-
nents and systems. With specialized
software, the center provides immedi-
ate assessment of equipment perfor-
mance through data analysis.
“It’s a great service that we have at
our fingertips,” said Matt Duel, direc-
tor of testing for Ro-Flo Compressors.
“Customer concerns or issues with
equipment can be examined in detail
under controlled conditions and ulti-
It’s a far contrast from what Ro-Flo
Compressors had to do in order to test
its equipment nearly seven years ago.
Ro-Flo Compressors was formed as
a private company in December 2007
following its divestiture from GE’s Oil
& Gas division.
Without GE’s in-house testing capabilities, the company relied on River
Flats Testing. In 2012, River Flats
Testing closed its doors, leaving Ro-Flo Compressors with a decision —
find another testing resource or build
its own. The company chose the latter
since the closest independent testing
center was not in the Midwest.
Duel entered the picture in November 2012, and developed a budget for the test center the following
Ro-Flo Compressors Brings
Testing In-House > Rotary test center services company and external machinery
BY DJ SLATER
n Ro-Flo Compressors’ Rotary Test Center includes a test stand that features a GE variable-speed motor rated for 350 hp (261 k W) with a speed range up to 2400 rpm.