Keeping Ambulances Operating and Avoiding Compressor Failure in Afghanistan

Decatur, IL, April 01, 2015 --( Performance and durability count. T/CCI customers rely on compressors to keep their vehicles running and their operators comfortable, even in the toughest environments. When a customer experiences issues with their compressors, the company is committed to fully investigate the situation and offer solutions that will keep everyone up and running.

While working with a customer who is contracted to provide ambulances to operations in Afghanistan, compressor failures were being reported. The following information was collected:

· Most failures were immediate or shortly after delivery
· Compressors showed extensive shoe damage
· Significant swash plate damage was also reported

T/CCI engineers worked closely with the customer to evaluate the conditions, the protocols, and the failure details in order to conduct a thorough evaluation of the situation. Testing included hot chamber testing with oil circulation studies, internal lab simulation, and onsite testing with the customer. The following conditions were present:

· Original refrigerant charge level was 7 lbs.
· Total compressor oil charge level was 6 oz. in the compressor and 5 oz. installed in the discharge line during assembly
· There was a darkened “star” pattern on all 10 shoes and a smudge through the center of the compression surface in an arc pattern
· Thermal migration during transport may be an issue

After completing a thorough situation analysis, the T/CCI engineers determined that the root cause of the failures was lack of lubrication between the swashplate and the “shoes.”

T/CCI ( manufactures built to last quality, dependable, and environmentally safe compressors for a wide range of vehicle applications. Widely respected, ISO-certified T/CCI is a global leader with over 50 years’ experience manufacturing heavy duty compressors and clutches for the mobile air-conditioning and refrigeration industries, including for a wide range of vehicles from construction and military to heavy-duty trucking and bus transit. This wide range of OEM heavy duty compressors supplies companies such as Caterpillar, CNH, Navistar, ThermoKing, and Carrier. Global customers recognize value of a well-respected HVAC supplier with advanced technologies including the custom LabView based acquisition system designed to protect the quality and accuracy of data.

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T/CCI Manufacturing
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Julie Armstrong
Senior Account Executive
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T/CCI Manufacturing
Julie Armstrong