Packing Leak Detectors

M-Squared Packing Leak Detectors (PLD®) are inexpensive and reliable devices providing visual (analog) and digital packing leak information for reciprocating compressors.

Packing Leak Detectors:

  • Establish zero-leak baselines
  • Reduce or eliminate lost production
  • Limit fugitive methane emissions
  • Provide packing “health” data supporting proactive maintenance and servicing

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Packing Leak Detectors detect lost revenue;
you choose to eliminate losses!

EPA field studies show average packing leak rates to be about 3 cubic feet per minute (cfm).  These data are consistent–and optimistic (in our experience).

$300-$400 per month per cylinder may not seem significant.  For average compressors (3 or more cylinders) and referencing the costs table (below), total uncompressed product (lost revenue) and substantial atmospheric methane releases are inconsistent with investments to curtail emissions (compliance).

Packing Leak Costs per Month (per cylinder)

Rate/

cfm

cf/

hour

mcf/

mo

$2/

mcf

$3/

mcf

$4/

mcf

$5/

mcf

$6/

mcf

$7/

mcf

$8/

mcf

1 60 43 $86 $130 $173 $216 $259 $302 $346
2 120 86 $173 $259 $346 $432 $518 $605 $691
3 180 130 $259 $389 $518 $648 $778 $907 $1,037
4 240 173 $346 $518 $691 $864 $1,037 $1,210 $1,382
5 300 216 $432 $648 $864 $1,080 $1,296 $1,512 $1,728
10 600 432 $864 $1,296 $1,728 $2,160 $2,592 $3,024 $3,456
15 900 648 $1,296 $1,944 $2,592 $3,240 $3,888 $4,536 $5,184
20 1,200 864 $1,728 $2,592 $3,456 $4,320 $5,184 $6,048 $6,912
25 1,500 1,080 $2,160 $3,240 $4,320 $5,400 $6,480 $7,560 $8,640
30 1,800 1,296 $2,592 $3,888 $5,184 $6,480 $7,776 $9,072 $10,368
50 3,000 2,160 $4,320 $6,480 $8,640 $10,800 $12,960 $15,120 $17,280

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