Low cost personal computers have been successfully applied to the task of monitoring and recording data points from gas compressor engines in a gas processing plant. The resultant benefits have included:

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    Enhanced engine monitoring,

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    Removal of the operator from the engine room environment without a loss in the productivity of the operation,

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    Reduced maintenance efforts in diagnosing and trouble shooting, and

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    Reduced operator man power and man hours.

Utilizing a remotely mounted personal computer and terminal, an operator can access and monitor one or more points on an engine or retrieve data stored on a particular engine up to and including the previous thirty (30) days. Displays at the operator's terminal are custom tailored to specific operating demands and include both real time (updated on 10 second intervals) and calculated values. Operating trends and performance are graphed so that developing problems can be predicted and compressor downtime scheduled.

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