Downtime. It’s a word no one wants to hear, but everyone needs to know. While your initial instinct might be to avoid downtime by whatever means necessary, it can actually play a crucial role in limiting the amount of unplanned downtime you experience. Keep reading for more information.
Achieving Reduced Pump Downtime with Preventive Maintenance
The gist of our advice is this: taking a little time now to catch and address potential problems will help you avoid lengthy, unplanned downtime in the future. But how often should you utilize preventive maintenance to make sure it’s worth it? And what does preventive maintenance involve? Answering these questions as they pertain to your specific application should be a part of designing (or updating) your maintenance program.
However, we’ll go over a few things you should be checking regularly—some of which require no downtime at all to keep an eye on.
Noises You Don’t Usually Hear
One of the simplest things you can look out for when evaluating your pump are unusual noises! When it comes to machine noises, it’s usually pretty easy to tell the normal from the potentially problematic. Keep an ear out and be sure to report any odd sounds as soon as you hear them.
Unfortunately, corrosion is just a part of your pump’s life—but it can be mitigated, and should be addressed as early on and as best you can. Check the pump casing and pipework for any signs of cracking or discoloration.
This is another thing you can visually check, often without halting production. Common places for leaks to occur include your pump’s pipework, stuffing box, and around the mechanical seals. Aside from a mess to clean up, leaks can also lead to a loss of pump output.
When your pump is vibrating more than it should, that’s a surefire sign that something’s off on the inside. Impeller imbalance, pump damage, and motor misalignment can all cause your pump to vibrate more than it should.
Unfortunately, one of the most common causes of clogs is simply not having the right pump to handle the job. If your pump isn’t delivering the same quantities of liquid it did in the beginning, odds are you have a damaged (or blocked) impeller or valve.
The Right Pump = Reduced Pump Downtime
Regular preventive maintenance is incredibly important when it comes to avoiding costly downtime—but so is choosing the right pump for the job to begin with.
Vulcan Pumps creates customized engineered solutions for a wide variety of industries. We can work with you to deliver a slurry pump that meets the demands of the job, fits within your timeline, and respects your budget. Get in touch with us today.