Technical Leadership and Accomplishments

 2011  Developed DataMiner2 building on the original DataMiner™, first introduced in 2007. More points over the operating map can be accurately measured in a much shorter time, lessening guesswork and helping equipment operators and owners make better and more informed decisions.

2010  Launched a new website, solutions.betamachinery.com. This website offers useful products to address vibration and pulsation issues on machines and piping systems. Structural dynamics testing program on offshore productions programs introduced.

2009    Pioneered the System Performance Model™ (SPM™) program in collaboration with ACI Services, Inc. For the first time ever, owners and packagers are provided with crucial information about compressor performance across the whole operating map. This service evaluates different alternatives resulting in improved reliability, safety, and profitability. Originally geared to optimizing pipeline compressor stations, this service is also ideal for midstream, injection-withdrawal, and other larger compressor applications.

2008    Partnered with M2M Data Corporation (M2M) to develop Intelligent Machinery Service, or iMA™. This is a breakthrough new multi-tiered machinery diagnostic and optimization service, representing the most cost-effective, real-time monitoring, analysis, predictive maintenance, and optimization solution available. Among the benefits are increased throughput, optimized performance, lower cost of maintenance, and emissions monitoring.

2007    Introduced DataMiner™, an innovative method to "mine" valuable results across many different operating conditions, speeds, or designs. This tool enables our experts to optimize the compressor design resulting in lower horsepower losses (operating costs) and improved reliability. End users realize more efficient units and lower costs.

2006    Re-developed the B Probe™ in partnership with Dynalco for sale to the market. Has enhanced performance and capability and still the only non-intrusive inspection tool of its kind to evaluate the condition of power cylinders, wrist pins, and con rod bearings on spark-ignited and diesel engines.

DynaProbe uses BETA's B-Probe technology

2005    Release of MAPAK™ version 22 with enhanced modeling of meter error, dynamic pressure drop, time domain analysis and dual cylinder nozzle gas passages, compliant to API 618 5th Edition guidelines. Celebrated over 1900 acoustical analysis projects to minimize vibration problems on machine systems.

2004    Performed extensive speed trial at a premier Canadian paper mill, achieving new record speeds. Field capabilities enhanced with 80 channel data-capture instrumentation and unique data-mining software applications.

2002    Created the industry’s most comprehensive Finite Element Analysis (FEA) database for reciprocating gas compressor frames.

1998    Introduced advanced acoustical modeling capabilities using Time Domain analysis – a leap in accuracy compared to other software modeling techniques. (Note: Time Domain modeling is not available with commercial software) 
 
1997 Developed and patented a Field Installable Choke Tube to allow for on-site control of excessive pulsation in a reciprocating compressor.

1996 Developed and applied to patent a Method for Measuring Engine Static Stiffness.

 

 

    
 
 

1994    Initiated research project into Time Domain acoustical modeling to deal with problems from a new class of compressors. Developed a compressor valve-modeling program to assess the impact of choosing different materials, lifts, and flow areas.

1993    Developed and applied for a patent for a Field Adjustable Scrubber Base to allow tuning the natural frequency of the scrubber in response to field operating conditions.

1992    Developed and patented a Spinner Nozzle Assembly for Cylinder Diagnosis.

1991    Developed a method of evaluating the performance of engine torsional dampers.

1989    Developed a machinery health evaluation system.

BETA's Recip-Trap

1986    Expanded our predictive maintenance service to include reciprocating equipment with the availability of the world’s first battery-operated, digital, hand-held reciprocating compressor monitor (RECIP-TRAP™). Developed and patented B ProbeTM, the world’s first non-intrusive inspection tool to evaluate the condition of power cylinders, wrist pins and con rod bearings.

BETA's patented B-Probe

 

 

1980    Provided Computerized Predictive Maintenance Program. BETA’s staff members do periodic checks on running machinery to identify potential problems. Developed DATA-TRAP™, the world’s first portable digital data collector for vibration. Founded BETA Monitors & Controls Ltd. to manufacture and market electronic instruments.

1978    Developed the world’s first Digital Peak Firing Pressure Indicator to balance engine cylinders. Developed a Torsional Vibration Analyzer.

1977    Developed and patented the Aquaprobe™, a water-cooled engine pressure indicator probe. Prior to this device transducers in engine service had to be cooled with forced air.

1974    Developed a digital model for predicting pulsation and unbalanced forces in a reciprocating compressor. This computer simulation was the first of its kind in the world.

1973    Initiated R&D to develop a digital model of reciprocating compressors and piping in order to predict and control pulsation. First company to use a digital computer to model acoustical natural frequencies of piping systems.

1972     First used Finite Element (FE) modeling to solve vibration problems.

1971     Serviced customers using the first spectrum analyzer available in Canada.

1967     Incorporated Beta Machinery Analysis. Provided engine and compressor analysis with the first commercially available engine compressor analyzer in Canada.

David Shuh engine failure analysis