Are you in the market for a slurry pump that delivers? Are you not getting the efficiency you want out of your current slurry pump? Whatever situation you’re in, we have some expert tips on how to maximize slurry pump efficiency and get the most out of your pump. Keep reading for more information.
A One-Size-Fits-All Approach Won’t Work
Slurry pumps are not easy to process, and little changes in management can make a huge difference. Every slurry pump has a unique viscosity, density, and unique, mixed media characteristics. Getting to know your slurry pump is the best way to figure out how to maximize its efficiency!
Choosing the Proper Slurry Pump
Because every slurry pump is unique, you’ll want to make sure first and foremost that you’re selecting the right pump for your specific application needs. Picking a non-specialized slurry pump and expecting it to handle the material you’re moving is a recipe for costly downtime.
Keep an Eye on Erosion
Wear and tear is inevitable, but some of it can be prevented—and you can take steps to slow it down. Certain slurry parts, like the impeller and casing, are more prone to erosion than others so it’s important to keep an eye on them. Increasing the case width could help prevent erosion, and some specialty slurry pumps include erosion-resistant internal lining to address this common problem.
In addition to erosion, particle impact and sliding—or scouring—is a common issue. In fact, the two issues are often connected. A lot of slurry pump erosion is actually caused by particle impact, so it’s important to keep an eye on both.
Most of the time scouring occurs in the same places and in the same directions, so catching them early is key. Doing regular inspections for minor scouring can prevent a lot of damage down the road.
Monitor and Maintain
You may have noticed a common theme in these tips—simply monitoring your slurry pump and its performance! Knowing the ins and outs of how your pump is supposed to be performing (and addressing issues when it isn’t performing) is crucial to getting the most out of your pump.
Preventive maintenance is also very important. When it comes to replacing slurry pump parts, most installations require a complete shutdown of the pump—that means lost time and money. Performing regular maintenance is the best way to prevent larger problems from cropping up later on.
Ready to Enhance Your Slurry Pump Efficiency?
To truly get the most out of your slurry pump, you need the right partner. Vulcan Pumps has decades of experience creating customized engineering solutions, and are ready to serve your industry. We’ll work with you to provide the perfect solution—one that fits within your budget and your time constraints. Get in touch with us today.