Top 5 tips to Increase a Pump's Life

30th Jun 2022

Top 5 Tips to increase a pumps life, whilst reducing your running costs and increasing profit margins.

  1. Material Compatibility

Using the correct pump materials of construction are essential if the pump is to have a long life. This is especially so when handling corrosive liquids. Not only the main pump body material. But also the individual parts such as shaft/bearing/mech seal materials must be correctly specified if the pump is to last a long life. More information can be found here but the team at Crest will always carry out this work for you when recommending a pump.

  1. Preventative Maintenance

Sometimes, overlooked scheduled pump maintenance happens and instead left as reactive maintenance. Whereby the pump is repaired if/when it fails. The risk of this strategy is that an entire process could be shut down whilst the pump is offline being repaired. The cost of carrying out a periodic maintenance procedure should be weighed up against the cost of a system shutdown should a pump fail. Also bear in mind a planned maintenance cost is likely to be much cheaper than a repair cost. Please refer to any pumps installation manual which will include recommended maintenance schedules.

  1. Operating away from the BEP

Pumps are designed to run at the most efficient point by the manufacturer. If the pump is run too far away from its efficiency point, this can quickly lead to excess recirculation, heat, radial loss, vibration, high seal temperature and vastly lower efficiency. If a pump is to be used for varying duty points, we would recommend our high efficiency AVF pump range.

  1. Improper Piping

Poor piping layout can have a big effect of the pump’s operation and its efficiency. Designs with in-verted “U”s on the suction side can trap air, while designs with a 90 degree bend immediately before the pump can cause turbulence inside the pump. Both could potentially result in suction and cavitation problems for the pump. Inlet pipework should be at least one size bigger than the pump inlet in order to prevent cavitation and allow best efficiency.

  1. Do not run the pump dry

Unfortunately, errors can occur in a process that cause a pump to run dry. For a mechanically sealed pump this can cause an almost immediate failure to the seal. Some mag drive pumps are now available with special material bearings to prevent the onset of damage but allowing any pump to dry run could lead to catastrophic pump failure.

Under normal operating conditions the pumped liquid acts as lubrication between the rotating and stationary parts. The heat generated by the rotational action is gently taken away by the circulating liquid. But when a pumps starved of liquid these moving parts generate heat from friction. As the heat builds up, damage will occur. For a mechanical seal pump, running dry could lead to pump cavitation and therefore seal damage. The mechanical seal could also experience thermal shock and under the right conditions could shatter within 30 seconds. With a mag-drive pump, the bearings and shaft can rise in temperature. This is due to the absence of liquid lubrication and subsequently melt the plastic casing.

With the Crest Assoma mag drive range …

…A patented auxiliary circulation channel runs between the bearing and the magnet capsule. The pressure difference has a convection effect for cooling both the interior and exterior of the bearing. Thus thereby preventing the high temperature build up caused from dry running. The key point of this feature is that whilst the design allows for increased cooling, there is no reduction in pump efficiency.

We must point out that there are many ways to run a pump dry. And this design feature is in no way a failsafe method (you should question any pump manufacturer that does make this claim). It depends upon how (e.g. completely closed inlet valve, air lock, foot valve failure etc) and for how long the pump runs dry. As to how long the Crest Assoma Mag Drive range will run without damage. For test reports or further information, please contact us. If a pumps installed in an application where the pump is likely to see risks of dry running. We would then always recommend the additional piece of mind with the installation of the PSP1 dry run monitor

All Crest Pumps are suitable for applications across the globe. Please contact us with your location and motor requirements. We can then supply performance curves relative to your required speed and voltage.

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