5 Maintenance Tips for Industrial Pumps

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No matter which industry you’re working in, industrial pumps are an important essential if you want to keep your business running smoothly.

For instance, are you one of the many (one out of every ten) Britons who owns a fish? If so, you likely have a smaller industrial pump to assist with filtering your tank.

Are you a medical professional who works in cardiac care or performs heart surgery? Then the diaphragm pumps used in artificial hearts and within bypass surgery are helping to keep your patients alive.

Of course, industrial pumps are also used in offshore oil drilling, diamond recovery, and the automobile, print/paint, and water treatment industries.

But in order to keep pumps operating perfectly, you’ll need to ensure you’re performing routine maintenance on them.

In this post, we’ll share with you a few of our top tips for industrial pump maintenance.

1. Keep Your Impeller Balanced

Dealing with an imbalanced impeller?

If so, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be faced with shaft whip and radical deflection when it comes to your pump. This is especially likely to occur if you’ve had to recently trim down your impeller.

Make sure that you frequently reconfigure your pump to prevent impeller imbalance. The “sweet spot” is the International Organization for Standardization’s 1940 grade 6.3.

2. Achieve Proper Alignment

Another way to keep your industrial pumps in good working order?

Check to ensure that you have proper driver alignment. If there’s any misalignment between the pump and the driver, you’ll end up overloading your radical bearings. This can cut years off of the life of your pump.

Misalignment will also cause pipe strain, which means that your pipes’ centerlines will be uneven, decreasing your operating efficiency.

Always check to make sure that things are lined up properly, especially after a larger job. We suggest performing routine inspections at least once a month, more often depending on the type of work you do.

3. Look For Clogs

This is one of the more intuitive tips when it comes to proper maintenance for industrial pumps, but you’d be surprised at how often it’s overlooked.

Usually, if you’re having an issue with your pump’s operation, a clog is the reason for the issue.

In addition to performing visual inspections for clogs when possible, we also suggest that you purchase a sediment filter for your pump.

If you find that you’re dealing with more frequent clogs, then you may want to use computerised maintenance management systems (CMMS) to collect data. This data will help you to identify common problems with your pump and increase its operating efficiency.

4. Proper Use Is Key

Industrial pumps are somewhat delicate, despite the heavy loads that they’re able to work with.

Make sure that you’ve trained your employees properly when it comes to pump use and maintenance. You might even want to create routine meetings to discuss the correct methods of operation, and run spot-checks on your employees to make sure they’re using the pump the right way.

By using your pump properly, you’ll maintain the levels of cleanliness, pressure, temperature, and flow levels needed to keep things in good working order.

5. Monitor The Fluid Levels

Luckily, this is a maintenance tip for industrial pumps that it’s quite easy to perform visually.

To prevent destroying your pump its always advised to avoid dry running during operation, because of this its crucial to ensure fluid flow into the pump is constant during operation.

In addition to this, check to make sure that you’re never starting the motor without having plenty of fluid stored in your reservoir tank. Even if you only run the motor for a short time, if there’s not enough fluid in the rank, you’ll quickly damage the pump — sometimes, beyond repair.

6. Make Sure You Choose The Right Pump

This may not exactly be a maintenance tip, but all of the above advice won’t be able to help you if you’ve chosen the incorrect pump.

We’re not just talking about getting the proper size and type of pump. We mean selecting one that has a consistent flow rate, a minimum amount of heat and vibration, and a balanced load in other words matched for the duty.

It’s best to speak with a professional to ensure that you’ve chosen the right pump for the job.

7. Ensure That You’ve Had It Properly Installed

While of course, purchasing high-quality industrial pumps from experienced manufacturers is essential, proper installation of these pumps matters just as much.

We recommend that you go with professional services when it comes to installation. You’ll be able to ensure that you have the correct size of pump, that it’s installed in such a way to absorb as much noise as possible, and that the unit doesn’t have too much pressure put on it.

While it might be tempting to go the DIY route, it will likely only end in undue expense and lost time.

Take Care Of Your Industrial Pumps With These Tips

Thanks to this post, you now have all the tips you need in order to keep your industrial pumps running for as long as possible. Make sure to perform routine maintenance in order to extend the life of your pumps, as well as to prevent disruption in your workflow.

Of course, as we’ve stated, the most important thing is to purchase high-quality pumps.

We offer a wide product range of pumps, pulsation dampeners, and accessories that will help you to get any job done. We can even create engineered to order pumps to create bespoke solutions for you and your business.

Start the new year off right by purchasing one of our pumps.

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