In 2015, Caterpillar released the G3600 with ADEM™ A4 technology, and for some members of the gas compression industry, it may have seemed a case of fixing what wasn’t broken. The G3600 A3, after all, is one of the most proven engines Caterpillar has ever produced. There are more than 4,500 G3600 A3 engines in operation, with more than 150 million hours of operation. It is, in short, a piece of iron that gas compression operations rely on.
So, again, why put the G3600 under the microscope? Because with numerous advancements in engineering, it can be optimized like never before. And with the ADEM A4 Engine Control Module (ECM) providing smarter control and precise monitoring, gas compression operations can achieve greater power outputs and better performance.
New controls, new iron
Although the updates to the ADEM control system are significant, it would be wrong to assume that ADEM updates are all that’s new with the G3600. Yes, the updates to the ADEM control system do allow for additional automation, especially in regards to ambient-based rating. The new ADEM is also built with additional processing power and additional I/O, enhancing control capabilities and interfacing options.
But there are significant updates to the G3600’s iron as well, and these updates optimize an already powerful, reliable engine. Here’s what the new G3600 brings, in brief:
In the power business, 12 years is a long time, and in the 12 years since the G3600 A3 was released, there’s been major developments in the industry. The G3600 A4 has been designed with these developments in mind, and the result is an improved version of an already formidable engine.
For gas lift, gas gathering, wellhead gas compression, pipeline compression, storage, gathering and reinjection, Cat engines are the prime choice for reliable gas compression.