TTS Engineers provide expert commissioning services in North Florida to deliver natural gas during critical times to plants and consumers.
Orlando, Florida – 4/28/2021 – TTS Midstream, an Orlando-based Energy Services Company , recently commissioned a new booster compressor station in North Florida. This new station will deliver critical natural gas to plants and consumers in the area.
Engineers and Technicians from TTS Midstream (L-R): Erica Burt, Lee Molton, Dave Fry, Gabriel Viera (Andrew Younker, Ron Whitaker; not pictured) recently assisted the station engineering and construction teams in commissioning a new booster compressor station in North Florida. The station will deliver natural gas to consumers and power stations in the region.
In addition to commissioning services, TTS Midstream will now assume the Operations and Maintenance duties and will be installing a remote monitoring system which will allow the owner and operators to monitor the plant remotely and maintain integrity during unmanned operations.
The plant consists of two high speed separable reciprocating compressors (approx. 1900 HP ea.) and can operate independently or in parallel. The plant is capable of 20 to 124 MMSCFD of natural gas.
Dave Fry, TTS Midstream Commissioning Manager stated, “The TTS Midstream Team, working under a compressed schedule, utilized out-of-the-box thinking to safely achieve project objectives including startup and commissioning the main compression equipment and plant auxiliaries within the project constraints and regulatory compliance.”
TTS Midstream (a service group of TTS) offers customized integrated solutions for the engineering, commissioning and control systems for pipeline assets (and other Oil and Petrochemical Operators) including turbines, compressors, pumps, etc. With extensive pipeline experience, breadth of service portfolio, and expertise in gas turbines, reciprocating engines, compressors, electrification, automation, and digitalization TTS delivers comprehensive solutions that address the issues and challenges facing North American midstream operators.
Customers interested in their Midstream services are encouraged to reach out to TTS for a full consultation and get the power solutions that they need for operational excellence and efficiency.
TTS provides engineering and construction expertise, for the energy industry, worldwide. The company’s long history and experience providing technical solutions to global energy entities makes it a leader in its field. TTS has successfully managed numerous power and compressor station modernization projects and supplied innovative and unique engineering solutions to challenging problems for our energy customers. Since 1983, their leadership and engineering teams have provided innovative technologies and engineered high-value solutions to over 450 clients worldwide.
On-Time Commissioning Helps Plant Meet Growing Energy Demands in Mexico
TTS was asked to provide equipment and services for a major gas company in the process of building two large compressor stations near the Texas-Mexico border. The projects were unique due to the amount of horsepower being installed. The end user of the gas being pumped through the line was the Mexico utility. TTS completed the project on time and helped the client commission the plants ahead of schedule.
A Quarter Million HP to Manage & Control at the TX-MX Border
In 2016, a Texas pipeline company received a 168 mile (270 km) intrastate gas pipeline project from Mexico’s state-owned utility serving 37 million customers. Through the project, natural gas transportation services, set for operation in 2018, would help meet Mexico’s growing electric generation needs.
The planned facilities included 168 miles (270 km) of intrastate pipeline; a nearly 170,000 hp (126,769 kW) compressor station located outside of Corpus Christi, Texas; and a nearly 100,000 hp (74,570 kW) compressor station located outside of Brownsville, Texas.
With that scope in mind, TTS received a contract for building and commissioning the pipeline station’s control and emergency shutdown panels.
Pipeline from Texas-Mexico Border
TTS Services and Solutions
For the last 35 years, TTS has been serving the power and energy industry with innovative and reliable engineering expertise. The company has managed gas turbine installations, modernization projects and high-value engineering solutions for clients across the globe.
For the pipeline project, the team at TTS combined automation and controls experience and gas compressor station design expertise to achieve lower overall plant operating costs, increase flexibility and availability while reducing risk. The scope of the project included the following control panel and automation upgrades and field services from TTS:
Network Topology: The SCPs and ESDs utilized the Ethernet-based Device Level Ring architecture for the processor I/O connections. This architecture, a combination of copper and fiber, is based on the Converged Plant wide Ethernet (CPwE) with Device Level Ring (DLR) architecture specified by Rockwell Automation. Each panel has two 1783-ETAP1F embedded switches for the Device Level Ring (DLR) over fiber between the panels. The SCP master panel has two Stratix 5700 managed Ethernet switches.
Power Supplies: Power supplies were configured in an N+1 configuration utilizing a redundancy module on the output of the power supplies. The first redundant power supply is fed from the 120VAC utility power and power supply fed from the 120VAC utility power and the second is fed from the UPS-supplied 120VAC inverter panel. Each power supply is sized to operate on its own with a 30% margin for the panel 24VDC devices and field I/O.
Inputs and Outputs (I/O): I/O modules were allocated to provide at least 20% spare. Each digital output was wired to a 24VDC interposing relay. Each digital input was wired to a 3-level terminal block with fuse and ground terminal. Each analog input card was wired for single-ended current input, and each input wired to a 3-level terminal block with fuse and ground terminal. Each analog output card was wired for current output and a 3-level terminal block with a ground terminal. Wiring from I/O cards utilizes Allen-Bradley factory cables with pre-wired card fronts.
Enclosures: Control panels for the SCP and ESP panels are NEMA Type 12 enclosures with top entry. Outdoor remote I/O panels were specified as NEMA type 4X and configured for bottom entry.
Chassis Configuration: Each chassis was sized for at least 10% spare card allocation.
Software: TTS provided programming based on the provided documentation, such as P&ID diagrams, cause and effect matrices, system descriptions and control philosophies. The software version of Studio5000 was specified by the operator and compatible with ControlLogix redundancy firmware. The software program is open and configurable by the pipeline company. TTS provided one copy of Logix Designer software, 9324-RLD700NXENM (Studio5000 Professional).
A Trusted Resource for On-time Execution
With the help of TTS, the plant in Mexico was able to commission services on-time and ahead of schedule. The upgrades brought greater stability and reliability to the gas transportation pipeline. Thus, the plant could begin to respond to the rising demand for energy in Mexico while providing revenue to the plant.
“TTS engineers and technicians logged over 15,000 man-hours in engineering, programming, fabrication, installation and commissioning to get this project completed for the customer,” said Dave Simmons, TTS’ director of engineering.
For more information on this project, read the full article from Compressor Tech 2 here.
Many factors have converged over the last few years to increase the opportunities for generating plants to take advantage of high spot market power prices. There is increasing value in improving the ability of existing gas turbines units to get on-line quickly (fast start) and/or to produce more power when they are on-line.
TTS has supported customers in identifying multiple ways to achieve both of these goals. The strategies to support fast start include reconfiguring fuel systems to eliminate purge requirements during startup, addressing other startup delay issues and improving start reliability and repeatability.
Opportunities to increase power output include optimizing existing firing temperature settings, increasing mass flow, implementing and optimizing peak firing operation and associated combustion system performance. Our recent webinar covers all of these strategies and the associated cost/benefit estimates. You can view our webinar here:
In our latest blog, we are reviewing the points we covered in our CCJ webinar. Learn more about how to take advantage of opportunities in the market with minimal upgrades and modifications to keep your legacy asset relevant.
Electricity consumption – As coal plants are retired and phased out, electricity demand continues to grow across the country.
Vintage Units – If they are reliable, flexible and available, vintage gas fire turbines can fill the need in the energy market.
Renewables – while they are projected to make up to 50% of power generation in the United States by 2035, they will always need a reliable backup source due to unpredictability.
New power plant – Planning and building a new plant is time-consuming, expensive and requires navigating regulatory and planning permissions.
Natural Gas – Compared with coal, natural gas is a cheap and clean fossil fuel. Likewise, it will continue to serve the energy market for the future.
Margin – The reserve margin is decreasing.
Market Opportunities – Spot market opportunities are increasing the high value generation windows. Fast start opportunities increase with the increase of renewable capacity increases.
High-Value Generation Opportunities
The goal is to get the most out of your legacy machinery. This includes optimizing your plant with updated capabilities and technology to produce more output when market prices are higher.
This includes Fast Start programs, which require plants to be ready to output power in as little as 10 minutes to maintain grid stability.
Ways to Get Output Optimization
Optimize existing firing temperature – There are several reasons the firing temperature can be sub-optimal:
Original design was too conservative
Changes in unit mass flow
Changes in unit components
Unit configuration changes
Thermodynamic modeling of the unit can identify optimum firing temperatures. It can gain significant MW with only control setting changes. Ultimately, what you are doing is moving the temperature control line based on the outcome of your analysis.
Increase mass flow – This is the most common way to increase output in legacy assets. Increasing mass flow is important for gas turbines because their output is a function of the mass flow through the compressor. As the air temperature goes down, the air gets denser on a base load. Thus, as the temperature goes down, you get more output from the machinery. Options to do this include the following:
Inlet Cooling (Evaporative & Refrigeration)
Water / Steam Injection
IGV Adjustment (7EA/7FA)
The cost-to-benefit varies with the ambient conditions, access to suitable water/steam and Initial Unit Setup. It depends on what it already available in the environment for the power plant. Optimizing firing temperature when implementing these approaches will further increase output.
Implement peak firing – Most units are designed for a specific firing temperature where you operate base-load and you have a predictable maintenance life and maintenance factor for all components. The goal with peak firing is to increase the firing temperature to result in an increase in output. Features of this upgrade include:
“Peak” mode is normally selectable as an alternative to “Base” Operation
Operating in the Peak Range may shorten maintenance intervals
Firing temperature increase is limited to prevent component damage
Setting of Peak can be automatic or manual
The benefit of this upgrade is that it is a simple way to take advantage of high spot market prices.
Optimize peak firing – The goal of optimizing peak firing is to take advantage of what an existing unit can do, what the emissions capabilities are, and what the permitting is on your application.
Units must operate within site permit emissions limits
Peak firing may cause emissions to exceed limits
Need to understand what the site permit allows, hourly versus daily/monthly rolling average limits
Variable peak approach allows operation up to the peak firing value while the unit remains in compliance
If compliance is not possible at peak firing value, variable peak approach allows maximum firing temperature while maintaining compliance
CC units with SCR allow for additional optimization and for additional output
The goal is to make assets, especially older assets, more flexible. It improves the ability of the generation fleet to change its output (ramp) rapidly, start and stop with short notice and achieve a low minimum turn-down level. There are two categories for asset flexibility:
Non-Spinning Reserve: Generation and responsive load that is off-line but can be fully responsive within 30 minutes.
Supplemental Reserve: Generation and responsive load that is off-line but can be fully responsive within 10 minutes. Premium is available for 10 minute start in many markets.
The chart below gives a general overview of Start up time and loading rates for diesel and motor devices.
Getting to 10 Minutes
There are different strategies for different units, but the following are some of the most common implementations for most units:
Eliminate purge, implement changes to comply with NFPA 85 Purge Credit Standard – After a normal stop, the unit is purged and this purge counts as the purge for the next start, resulting in significant start up time savings. NFPA(R) 85 2015 has specific requirements that must be adhered to in order to establish and maintain the Purge Credit.
Implement Fast Load – Increase the loading rate; a review of the generator capability is required. Load in extended lean-lean and fast transfer to premix (FTP).
Eliminate “Warm-up” delays – Increase the time it takes to start a turbine, effectively eliminating delays for the plant to be available for output.
Ensure unit start reliability – There are several modifications and upgrades to consider for improving starting reliability.
On-base device upgrade and rationalization
Hydraulic/Pneumatic system removal/Fuel system simplification
Control system upgrade (turbine)
Excitation/Production system upgrade (electrical)
The chart below gives a summary of each potential upgrade and modification that could help ensure unit start reliability. All plant managers should consider the cost/benefit for each modification that is relevant to their specific plant.
On-Base Device Upgrade and Rationalization
“Low hanging fruit”. Simple and effective upgrade
Remove single point of failure and eliminate trips
Improve available information
Where a driver is present the benefit is high relative to cost for implementation of redundancy and replacement of critical items
Eliminate Canon Plugs
Eliminate Signal leakages
With one or more drivers cost is low for benefits gained
Hydraulic/Pneumatic System Removal/Fuel System Simplification
Elimination of Servos/Positioners
System Simplification (Single Valve)
Greatly Improved Functionality and Flexibility
Without one or more drivers cost is high for benefits gained
With one or more drivers cost is low for benefits gained
Control System Upgrade (Turbine)
Resolve obsolescence and aging issues
Greatly Improved Functionality and Flexibility
Improved data availability and retention – improved troubleshooting and operational data
Reduced maintenance costs
TMR usually isn’t worth it
Without one or more drivers cost is high for benefit gained
With one or more drivers, cost to benefit equation improves significantly
Excitation/Protection System Upgrade (Electrical)
System Simplification especially with replacement of individual protection relays
Easier setup and testing
Greatly Improved Functionality and Flexibility
Improved data availability and retention
Lower Maintenance Costs
Without one or more drivers cost is high for benefit gained
With one or more drivers, cost to benefit equation improves significantly
TTS Stands with You
While the energy market continues to evolve, we are confident that fossil fuels will stay relevant well into the future for their reliability and accessibility. If you are interested in learning more about how to make your turbine or legacy asset a high-value generation option, talk to our team members at TTS. We are a team of engineers and technicians with over 30 years of experience providing high-value expertise to improve unit reliability and performance. Call us at 407.677.0813 or contact TTS Energy Services.
About the Presenters
Pat Begley, VP Sales
Pat brings over 29 years of gas turbine experience to Turbine Technology Services.
Prior to his current role, Pat was employed by Sermatech Power Solutions serving as Executive Manager of Corporate Sales. In the 1990’s, Pat worked for TTS as Vice President of Corporate Sales and with HSDE Inc. as Manager of Industrial and Marine Business Development.
In his early career with General Electric, Chromalloy, Unitech and HSDE, Pat developed his extensive knowledge of heavy rotating equipment by performing engineering roles including Mechanical Field Service Engineer (GE and Chromalloy), Speedtronic Control System Service/Startup Engineer (GE and Chromalloy), PLC Control System Development Engineer (Unitech) and Controls Group Engineering Manager (HSDE).
Pat was born in Ireland. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dublin and MBA from the University of Houston.
Ricky brings over 30 years of electrical and controls engineering experience and is responsible for all technical aspects of TTS’ products and services. Prior to joining TTS, Ricky was employed by Sermatech Power Solutions, serving as the International Executive Manager for the Middle East and previously as Vice President of Turbine Systems Engineering.
Ricky was born in Scotland, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Strathclyde University, Glasgow. More recently, he graduated from the University of Central Florida with his MBA.
In recent years there has been a resurgence in existing gas turbine power plants being picked up and reapplied throughout the world. Many thousands of megawatts have recently been relocated from Asia to West Africa; Europe to Australia; Europe to East Africa; within USA; within West Africa; and so on…
Factors Driving Turbine Reapplication
Factors that have contributed to the return of this segment of the power market include the following: the availability of retired units; the emergence of newly available low-cost gas fuel in international markets; the need for fast-start gas turbines; and the ability to benefit once again from quickly installed units operating in the domestic US peaking power market.
The California ISO market’s demand for fast start power has triggered relocation projects in surrounding areas to provide power for that market. Also, the inconsistency of renewable power, particularly wind, in Texas ERCOT and other western states has created a need for back up for both power and for grid stability. This situation, combined with the abundance of natural gas, make the case for relocating fast start gas turbines and other gas fired generators into these areas.
Contributing to Dynamic Power Markets
The fast delivery of these reapplied gas turbines, with lower capital costs than new, and the ability to operate on a wide range of fuels make them an important solution to many of the opportunities in today’s dynamic power markets. The modular design of a gas turbine package, with a much smaller footprint per Mw than reciprocating engines, allows them to be quickly and easily installed in even the most remote locations. Although not having the same efficiency of today’s advanced-class gas turbines, these older units can still provide a very important contribution to emerging grids and the peaking power market.
Each relocation project has its own unique requirements. These may include the need for asset refurbishment, fuel conversions, frequency conversions (if moving between 50Hz and 60Hz countries), other upgrades and modifications, and installation of equipment necessary to allow the units to operate in compliance of local environmental regulations. Logistics are an extremely important part of a relocation project, with care taken to ensure dismantled equipment is identified, tagged and removed properly so as to ensure an efficient, low-cost installation at the new site.
TTS Energy Services: At the Forefront of Gas Turbine Reapplication
Many relocation projects are undertaken by entrepreneurial developers that recognize an opportunity to quickly provide cost-effective power to a specific market. However, these developers often do not have the existing technical and commercial infrastructure to efficiently deal with all aspects of building a power plant, as well as obtaining all the required contracts and permitting.
TTS Energy Services is at the forefront of the gas turbine relocation market. We are responsible for the relocation of close to 90 gas turbines having a total of almost 3,000 megawatts. We have been involved at all levels including turnkey Engineer / Procure / Construct (EPC) contracts, project management and design engineering, upgrade and modification services, cost control, project feasibility studies and site supervision.
With over 30 years of experience in the turbine relocation market, we are the ideal partner for any reapplication project.
How Can We Help You?
Contact TTS and speak with a specialist to discuss and evaluate your possible opportunities for gas turbine relocations, as well as to inquire about assistance with your current relocation project. Leave us a message or call +1 (407) 677-0813 to speak with an expert today.
The Hermiston Generating Plant in Oregon was recently awarded the CCJ 2020 Best Practices Award for their installation of a hydrogen purge remote activation. TTS was proud to assist in this project, providing critical upgrades to the control system. The project provided greater safety for on-site engineers and improved automation which decreased plant downtime.
Read the full press release from CCJ of the project scope below:
Challenge. Provide an automatic remote means to purge a hydrogen-cooled generator without dispatching employees to the area.
Many 1990s-era 7FH2 generators were equipped with an automatic purge system that activated when hydrogen purity at the seals dropped below a specified set point. However, the controls were located in the collector compartment and could not be safely accessed if a hydrogen leak in that compartment was suspected. In the event seal oil was lost it would be unsafe to approach the collector compartment to activate the purge. If the controls were left in maintenance for any reason, there would be no way to activate the purge without endangering an employee.
Solution. Since the automation was already in place along with solenoid-activated hydrogen shutoff valves, hydrogen vent valve, and CO2 admission valve, all that was needed was to move the controls to the Mark V. Employees of Hermiston and TTS Energy Services, Orlando, Fla, modified control wiring and re-routed it to the Mark V. Because of the significant safety and liability concerns associated with hydrogen, a controls consultant was engaged to modify the Mark V logic and create a purge button to activate the purge from the Mark V HMI (photo right).
Results. Now control room operators can monitor hydrogen purity remotely and perform a preemptive purge in the event they lose seal oil, without putting employees or equipment at risk. The total cost of the project was less than $10,000.
At TTS, we specialize in innovative and high value-engineered solutions that help our clients maintain, upgrade, and enhance their power generation and gas compression assets. Learn more at our website TTS Energy Services or contact us at (407) 677-0813.
Frere Brings to TTS Midstream 25 Years of Solution Selling Experience in the Oil & Gas Industry
[Orlando, FL, July, 2020] TTS is pleased to welcome Amy Frere to the TTS team as Sales Manager of TTS Midstream. Frere will be responsible for sales team leadership, driving revenue, develop customer partnerships, as well as general management responsibilities.
Frere has twenty-five years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry, specializing in solution selling. She has worked for major OEMs such as Emerson, Rockwell, Siemens and GE. Additionally, Amy received an engineering degree from Texas A&M University.
As part of the TTS team, Frere will develop client relationships for TTS in the midstream market, and will be based in Houston, TX. TTS Midstream is focused on engineered mechanical, electrical and automation and controls solutions for the Natural Gas Compression and Storage sector as well as other oil, gas and petrochemical clients. In addition, TTS Midstream offers a wide range of field services from programming to total plant commissioning.
Frank Hoegler, President of TTS stated, “Amy is a seasoned veteran of the midstream and power generation industry. We are pleased to have a continued presence in the Houston area and are always happy to add an “Aggie” to the team.”
TTS Midstream is part of the TTS Energy Services group of companies which also includes TTS Power.
TTS provides engineering and construction expertise for the energy industry, worldwide. The company’s long history and experience providing technical solutions to global energy entities makes it a leader in its field. TTS has successfully managed numerous power and compressor station modernization projects and supplied innovative and unique engineering solutions to challenging problems for our energy customers. Since 1983, their leadership and engineering teams have provided innovative technologies and engineered high-value solutions to over 450 clients worldwide.
With the increased concern regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, TTS has been closely monitoring the situation. We have taken every precaution to ensure the safety and health of our employees, subcontractors and our customers while in the midst of this global pandemic. This is a dynamic situation and as of today, TTS is open for business in accordance with the most up to date guidelines of state, federal and international guidelines. In addition, TTS has implemented its own Pandemic Response Plan and is in compliance with all government and customer-specific guidelines, pertaining to COVID 19, while on essential infrastructure and utility projects.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will update you as things develop. Information on the COVID-19 virus and measures the State, Federal and International bodies are taking can be found in the links below.
TTS, formerly Turbine Technology Services, a full-service energy services engineering firm serving the power generation and gas compression industry, has launched a new website and brand identity showcasing the company’s knowledge, experience and breadth of services for clients in the energy industry.
A new, simplified company logo leads the way to a series of branding improvements to emphasize TTS two market-focused companies, TTS Power and TTS Midstream. The websites showcase customized engineering solutions, automation and control solutions, field services, as well as greenfield and brownfield power and gas compression projects worldwide. In a move to market the spectrum of services offered for the Power and the Midstream markets, the company will focus its business on services for fuel supply and power production.
Frank Hoegler, President of TTS says, “With our two operating units, TTS Power and TTS Midstream, nothing captures our commitment to the energy segment better than ‘Molecule to Megawatt’.”
The new logo and website recognizes the market demand for diverse and efficient options for energy operators looking for upgrades and modernization options. With their breadth of experience and specialty engineering solutions, TTS addresses the distinct challenges of today’s energy market.
Reinforced by Tony Thornton, company CEO, “TTS is a company driven by changes in the fuel market. Whether it be newly discovered gas in Africa, or new LNG destinations in the USA, TTS is committed to finding and providing customer-focused engineering solutions.”
Users should look for the latest industry news, trainings, seminars and company announcements. As TTS broadens the landscape of energy services, their goal remains the same: to provide operating simplicity, cost-efficiency, reliability, visibility and smart decision support to the global energy market.
TTS provides engineering and construction expertise for the energy industry worldwide. The company’s long history and experience providing technical solutions to global energy entities makes it a leader in its field. TTS has successfully managed numerous power and compressor station modernization projects and supplied innovative and unique engineering solutions to challenging problems for our energy customers. Since 1983, their leadership and engineering teams have provided innovative technologies and engineered high-value solutions to over 450 clients worldwide.
Reciprocating Technology Services is acquired by the Cooper Machinery Services family of distinguished brands.
Cooper Machinery Services (“Cooper”), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, recently completed the acquisition of RTS, a TTS Energy Services company. Previously, Arcline had acquired Cooper from BHGE. The combined companies were rolled out at the GMRC in San Antonio in October.
“It has been an absolute honor and pleasure to work with the RTS management team, mechanics, field technicians, and support personnel. We all worked hard to start this company and to build a successful brand. Our efforts were clearly recognized by others in the industry.” Said Frank Hoegler, Former President of RTS and Vice President at TTS Energy Services.
RTS operated as an entirely separate division of TTS Energy Services since 2014, and for the past five years, Frank has split his time and energies between RTS and Turbine Technology Services, the sister organization of RTS. “With the separation of RTS, my focus is now squarely on growth for TTS and a smooth transition for RTS.”
“It is high praise indeed that Frank and his team built, in a very short time, an organization chosen to join such an exciting new venture in the gas compression industry. TTS Energy Services management saw this as an opportunity for the RTS operation to grow dramatically and succeed at a scale that would otherwise have taken years to achieve,” said TTS Energy Services CEO, Tony Thornton.
Since 1983, Turbine Technology Services has provided innovative technologies and engineering, high-value solutions and gas turbine expertise to over 400 clients worldwide. Our offerings to the global power generation and midstream industries include Controls and Control Panels, Gas Turbine Parts Supply, Conversions, Modifications and Upgrades, Asset Performance Technologies, Engineering, and OnSite Services, Power Plant Services, and DynaFlex Performance Services.
New Workshop at TTS Houston Facility Provides Greater Convenience to Voith’s Local Oil & Gas Clients
Houston, TX (09/04/2018) – Turbine Technology Services (TTS) and Voith recently joined forces to add an actuator, governor and turbomachinery (AGT) test stand at the TTS Houston facility. This development brings a support network of trained technicians to the Houston area, offering greater convenience for Voith’s local oil & gas clients.
TTS opened its facility in Houston in 2016 in conjunction with its sister company Reciprocating Technology Services (RTS). RTS has been working closely with Voith in a joint development effort to provide a new starting technology for large reciprocating engines that provide zero emissions and many other benefits.
“We loved the idea of bringing Voith into our shop,” said Frank Hoegler, TTS Vice President. “This partnership provides us the opportunity for a closer relationship with Voith and its Houston-area customers. What’s great is that TTS doesn’t compete with Voith, but we share a lot of mutual clients, so it’s a win-win situation for us and our customers.”
The AGT test stand has been up-and-running for over a month, explained Thad Berry, sales account manager at Voith Digital Solutions, Inc.
“We’ve had people knocking on our door since day one,” Berry said. “Having a local, certified team of trained technicians means a lot to our Houston customers. They want a local support network that understands the actuators and their applications with the proper equipment, tools, and expertise to perform critical maintenance and emergency repairs.”
Berry continued, “Actuators can be delivered directly from the field to Voith and its trained technicians – reducing the workload and time involved with shipping. That, in turn, means that repairs and maintenance can be completed faster, allowing for shorter outages.”
TTS is an OEM alternative that offers agility, innovation and experience delivering industry leading aftermarket parts, modernization, optimization, upgrading and custom services for our power generation clients. With over 35 years of experience providing technical solutions in the power generation and gas compression industry, TTS has managed hundreds of gas turbine installations and modernization projects. Based in Orlando, Florida, our team of 40+ engineering professionals has traveled millions of miles to over 90 countries serving more than 400 clients.
Voith is a global technology group. With its wide range of plants, products, services, and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials, and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 19,000 employees and earns $4.7 billion in sales. It has locations in over 60 countries and is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. For more information, visit www.voith.com.