Ebara’s Sparks, NV facility includes several test vessels and heat exchangers which can be configured to test EIC’s full range of cryogenic equipment. With five pump test tanks and one dedicated liquid expander vessel, the “Test Stand” is capable of evaluating up to six different pieces of equipment each day, greatly increasing throughput and decreasing the total time spent to complete a project. For example, a typical set of marine pumps for an LNG carrier can be fully tested in as little as three days. At the peak of LNG equipment production in 2007, EIC successfully tested over 500 different pumps and expanders, setting a record that has yet to be rivaled. In addition to the day-to-day requirements of FAT activities, EIC has also offered its cryogenic liquefied gas testing services to a wide range of companies and universities for the purposes of research and product development.
The in-house engineering staff at Ebara works closely with their customers to develop test configurations to meet the specific needs of the equipment being evaluated. Customizing flow arrangements, instrumentation and even data acquisition software provides these groups with the ability to fully evaluate their equipment in the actual field operating conditions, something they may never have been able to accomplish in their own laboratories without substantial capital investment.