4 Benefits of Outsourcing Packaged Pumping Systems

Author: Lane Pittner | July 24, 2014 | Category: Pumps

Pump_PackagePackaged pumping systems can solve a wide variety of manufacturing challenges. From quality issues, to product reclamation, to improved efficiency, it seems there is always a pump package solution. But before you commit to building your own system, consider how outsourcing could save you the time and resources that you don’t have to spare.


    Companies keep trying to do more with fewer people. Even a small system will typically include the oversight of mechanical and electrical designers, procurement of many different components, and coordination of several trades either from within their own maintenance pool or from the outside. Being able to outsource a turn-key solution to one company can take a load off your plate.

    The beauty of packaged systems is that they’re plug and play. They arrive on the dock, ready to be installed with a minimal number of connections needing to be made outside of the system. Be sure to confirm with your pump package manufacturer that the system will be tested before it arrives at your facility.  Pre-testing ensures that there are no leaks, the direction of the motors is confirmed, the programming is de-bugged, valves are adjusted, etc.  When your vendor does this on the front end, it greatly reduces the amount of time your employees have to spend testing before the equipment is up and running.

    When you piece together your own system, who do you turn to if things don’t work? Service issues can turn into a finger-pointing nightmare between vendors. Leave it all to one source so issues are resolved faster, ultimately reducing downtime.

    Here’s where people tend to get short-sighted. We’ve seen cases where, for example, a company needs to meter a chemical into their process. They look at the cost of a pump, motor, variable frequency drive, and flow meter – then compare to the price of a complete system. Of course the price of a complete system is more, and they decide they’re best off doing the installation themselves. What they forget to consider is that when adding in all the other things that are part of the package (valves, gauges, piping, fusing, disconnects, controllers, assembly, testing, etc.), a pre-packaged system is a bargain. Time is the most disregarded factor of all. What is your time worth?

Packaged systems can offer additional value and help to reduce overall costs, if done correctly. Realize that with a shortage of resources and time, it’s in your best interest to do what you do best, and leave the package manufacturing and design to those who have the relationships, software, and staff to deliver a worry-free, turnkey system.

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Lane Pittner

Lane Pittner

Lane is the Engineering Manager for the OptiFlow systems group. He has over 23 years of experience in pulp and paper and general industries.

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