There are a seemingly infinite number of problems that contribute to the inefficiency of a pump system. But, everyone wants optimization for their system, so what can be done to make it happen? First, place a phone call to pump experts like those at Cortech. It’s what they do best and they will be able to give you plenty of tips and tricks to be sure your operation is running as smoothly as possible. In addition, there are some fairly common issues that can be addressed first to be sure all major energy and cost issues are taken care of from the get go.
Two common problems are leakages and valve problems. Once installed, your system should be tested for leaks to be sure it is in proper working order. It would be rare for a system to spontaneously develop a leak unless the pipes or other components erode. For this reason, it is extremely important to ensure you are buying and installing quality piping designed for your particular application. If a corrosive liquid is being pumped, the piping needs to be able to handle it. Valves are also at risk of eroding or wearing down over time. Proper maintenance of your valves will keep them in top working order and keep your system running efficiently.
Another issue that leads to wasted energy is using a pump that is too big for the application. To determine if a pump is oversized, there are a few things to watch for, such as excessive noise during operation, a frequent need to replace bearings and seals, the bypass lines are used often, and the pump operates intermittently. All of these could be signs that the pump is too powerful for the application.
One way to maximize the efficiency of a pump system is to be sure that the entire system is configured correctly. There are many areas that can lead to inefficiency. It is important to make sure that there are no areas of the piping configuration that allow for pockets of air to be formed. All piping in the system needs to run at a constant downward slope from start to finish to ensure no air is getting stuck along the way and to prevent the pump from working harder than it needs to. It is also important to ensure that all fittings and seals are as flush as possible on the inside of the piping to keep the liquid flowing as smoothly as possible.
Finally, keep up on all of the needed and regularly scheduled pump and pump system maintenance. Ensuring that all of the components of the system are functioning properly and are in excellent working condition will improve the efficiency the application. It is also more cost effective to perform scheduled maintenance than it is to fix or repair major issues once they arise because the proper maintenance was not tended to.
Optimization is the key to an efficient and effective pump system. The more you know and understand about your system, the better able you are to optimize it and properly maintain it.