Common Misconceptions Regarding Pumping Systems

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When it comes to pumping systems, there’s a lot that people get wrong. And while some of these things seem small, they can prevent you from truly getting the most out of your system. 

Let’s go over a few common misconceptions, and get into the truth! 

Pumping System Technology Is Outdated

There are outdated pumps out in the world—but the recent technology is more than keeping up. Smart pumps are able to deliver all kinds of data, like performance parameters and activity information. They can also self-adjust pump operations in response to changes in demand. 

Essentially, the modern pump can increase efficiency and decrease downtime—saving you money in the long run. 

Pumping Systems Are Always Too Big

If a pump is oversized, it usually means there’s a safety factor built in, i.e., it’s big to properly account for uncertainty in pressure and flow requirements. This can be helpful considering that an undersized pump will result in low efficiency. Implementing proper commissioning during installation can help limit the effect of an oversized pump. 

Installation Is the Most Expensive Part of Pumping Systems

The initial purchase and installation costs are typically thought of as the biggest investments when it comes to owning a pump—but it’s not necessarily true. The truth is that energy and maintenance make up the majority of the expense. This is due in large part to the long expected lifespan of your typical pump—about 20 years! 

Problem? Your Pump’s Probably the Cause

When operational inefficiency is happening, it’s not uncommon for most people to point fingers at the pump. But pumps actually offer high efficiency naturally—the problem comes in with pump operation. The flow rate and pressure of your pump systems draw a good bit of energy. So the efficiency of your system is directly linked to the type of pump you choose as well as control. 

Get the Most Out of Your Pumping Systems

Few things operate at their maximum efficiency without a few adjustments. Getting to know your pumping systems inside and out will help you avoid the myths we’ve addressed in this blog, and ensure that you get the most out of your equipment!In order to get the most out of your equipment, you need the right partner, too. At Vulcan Pumps, we specialize in designing high-quality pump systems that are made right here in America. We’re ready to work with you and make whatever changes you need for your specific industry and application needs. Because we own our own patterns, we can pour the right material at a reasonable price and lead-time. Get in touch with us, and find out how we can help you today.