Johnson Controls has completed construction and launched operation of a new $6.7 million screw compressor testing laboratory at its Waynesboro, PA manufacturing plant.

The new 7,000-sq-ft laboratory is used to test large screw compressors that support refrigeration and gas compression applications in the oil, gas, and process industries. According to Johnson Controls, the lab allows the company to load test and confirm performance of its compressors.

“We take our role in U.S.-based manufacturing very seriously, and this lab really drives that point home,” added Bill Jackson, president of Johnson Controls Global Products. “With its impressive size and capabilities, we’re confident that this lab will soon be known as the center for screw compressor technology in North America.”

Johnson Controls uses the laboratory to test screw compressor technology, starting with the company’s new “RWHII” Series 408-mm sleeve bearing screw compressor and “HPSH” Series high-pressure line. The 408-mm sleeve bearing screw compressors are primarily used in large American Petroleum Institute (API)-oriented applications in the oil, natural gas, and petrochemical industries. Applications for the HPSH line include gas turbine fuel gas boosting, CO2, and heat pump systems.

At the heart of the new lab is a 5,000-hp variable speed electric motor. The test loop is rated for 1,100 psig, supporting test conditions up to 1,000 psig discharge pressure. An ammonia refrigeration system equipped with a Frick® RWFII 177 screw compressor with electric motor drive is used along with a cooling tower to remove heat of compression and achieve desired suction temperatures.

“We’re enthusiastic about this new facility because it demonstrates Johnson Controls’ commitment to product innovation and to delivering high-quality, state-of-the-art screw compressors for the oil and gas industry,” said Ed Milligan, vice president and general manager, Industrial Refrigeration, Americas at Johnson Controls. “Furthermore, it proves our commitment to Waynesboro and the local manufacturing community by supporting the nearly 450 jobs at this plant.”

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