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The European Forum for Reciprocating Compressors e.V. was founded in 1999 by the members mentioned below as a communication platform to facilitate the interchange of information between European operators, manufacturers and scientists working in the field of reciprocating compressors.

The companies of foundation:

  • TU Dresden – Professur für Pumpen, Verdichter und Apparate, Germany
  • TNO Delft – Institute of Applied Physics, The Netherlands
  • Leobersdorfer Maschinenfabrik AG, Austria
  • NEUMAN & ESSER GmbH & Co.KG, Germany
  • Sulzer Burckhardt Engineering Works Ltd., Switzerland
  • Thomassen Compression Systems B.V., The Netherlands
  • Wärtsilä Compression Systems GmbH, Germany
  • HOERBIGER Ventilwerke GmbH, Austria


The increasing demand for economic plant operation has led to a critical discussion of the equipment as to selection, design, maintenance and automation. The well-known advantages of the reciprocating compressor such as high efficiency under many different operating conditions, comparatively easy regulation possibilities, suitability for light gases, high compression ratios, and many more – have led to a renaissance of this type of machinery. Nevertheless manufacturers of recips are still faced with prejudices with regard to the relatively complex mechanical design resulting in high maintenance costs and less reliability.

Up to now specifications and standards prescribed in tenders for reciprocating compressors have been mostly based on American recommendations such as API 618 or NACE, sometimes resulting in unsuitable and unnecessary expensive executions. This is due to the fact that there are still no pertinent European regulations.