Pumps are a major user of energy in many industrial processes. They are also required to perform at different operating points than originally designed for, causing one of the major reasons for maintenance shutdowns and emergency repairs.
Ensure peak performance
Pump users need to be assured their equipment is operating at peak performance. We provide monitoring and diagnostic services designed to deliver key benefits to end users:
- Optimized energy consumption
- Pump performance matched to process needs
- Extended or eliminated scheduled service intervals
- Remove ‘bad actors’
- Minimize the risk of emergency shutdowns due to pump failures
Conversion of data to knowledge
When visiting a customer site, experienced engineering staff will typically review the following parameters:
- Dynamic head
- Power absorbed
- Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH) available/required
- Vibration levels
- Piping interfaces
- Bearing support and lubrication
- Seal arrangement including piping arrangements
These measurements can then be used either as a benchmark to monitor and compare future changes in performance or provide the basis for re-rating the pump and its associated accessories. Ongoing measurements of pump performance provide a map by which the need for maintenance can be predicted rather than relying on average recommended time intervals.
Such measurements can be taken by our engineers visiting the site to audit the equipment.
Whether you want a one-time visit to determine a baseline, multiple visits to determine trends or set up remote monitoring, programs are available and can be tailored to your specific needs.
Remote monitoring, although more expensive initially to set up, has the advantage of being continuous and automated. This makes the process more reliable, providing earlier warnings when your rotating equipment has a change in operating conditions.
Eliminate under performance
Having a picture of the performance of all your pumps within a process is the first step to producing an action plan to improve poorly performing units. When identified, a problem pump can be evaluated and compared to its original design. Recommendations can be made to modify and correct problems that will ensure the pump operates at peak performance for the changed operating conditions.
To learn more about Sulzer Pumps monitoring services, please contact your local Sulzer Pumps representative.