June 12, 2024

Force Feed Lubrication Systems for Reciprocating Compressors

Virtual, Instructor-Led


This course will cover lubrication system design, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting, including the individual components and how they work together. There will be examples of different types of lubrication systems found in operation today. The focus of this course will be on power and compressor cylinder lubrication of legacy integral engines and compressors and high-speed separable compressors.

Proper lubrication is critical to the reliability and longevity of cylinders. Too often the installed lubrication systems are not designed optimally or maintained properly. Over-lubrication is a common problem and the effects can be disastrous. Carbon build-up in power cylinders causes premature wear and damage and the soot from burning lubricant fouls catalyst and emissions control systems. Excessive compressor cylinder lubrication can carry over in the gas stream causing many issues downstream in coalescing filters and drips, meter stations, and more.

Some specific issues that will be covered:

  • Oil reduction strategies
  • Pre-lube systems: when and how to properly implement them.
  • Variable lubrication rates matching varying operating conditions.

Attendees will receive 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) upon completion.


What you will learn:

  • What is force feed lubrication
  • What are the components of force feed lubrication systems
  • How a system is designed including flow rates and layout
  • Optimizing to reduced excessive oil carryover in the gas stream
  • Troubleshooting and maintenance best practices

Who Should Attend

Any engineers, maintenance mechanics, operators, and engine analysts involved with reciprocating compressors. Industries including Gas Transmission, Midstream (gathering and processing), Gas Storage, Refineries and Chemical plants.


Matt McCarthy
Sloan Lubrication Systems

Matt McCarthy is a 32-year sales veteran of Sloan Lubrication Systems and has become an expert compressor lubrication advisor to the oil, gas, refining, chemical, and food industries. He has invested most of his career in sales-focused roles but also has extensive hands-on experience in field work, including installations, troubleshooting, and maintenance. His current position as Regional Sales Representative – North Central and Southeast US, allows him to bring his vast application knowledge to the industry and affords him opportunities to collaborate on the industry’s most challenging issues.

In addition to being a part of Sloan, Matt has been on the Board of Directors of the EGCR (Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable) where he has served for 28 years in various capacities including chairmen of several prominent committees. He is also a member of the GMC Planning Committee. Matt resides in Saxonburg, PA.


From 06-12-2024 1:00 pm CST until 06-12-2024 2:30 pm CST



Registration Information
Member $295
Non-Member $495

3% fee applied if paying by a credit card

Who can attend?

SGA Cancellation Policy "C"

Have any questions? Contact us. memberservices@southerngas.org