Dover Precision Components, a provider of performance-critical solutions for rotating and reciprocating machinery, broke ground on a new laboratory. Dubbed the “Innovation Lab, the nearly 12,000 ft2 building is being built north of the company’s Pearland operations in Houston, Texas. It is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2020.
The laboratory will centralize test rigs for hydrodynamic fluid film bearings and reciprocating compressor components previously housed in Pewaukee, Wis., and Knoxville, Tenn. The rigs allow Waukesha Bearings and Cook Compression to validate designs and analytical methods and test products under demanding operating conditions.
The facility’s capabilities will include performance testing of journal and thrust bearings with oil or process lubrication over a range of loads and speeds; damper design characterization and enhancement; performance and accelerated life-cycle testing of reciprocating compressor components; flow characterization of compressor valves; dynamic testing of packing case leakage; and advanced materials development.