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You might be asking yourself, “why are my seals failing so fast, and how can I prevent this from happening?” This topic rings true among operators and engineers in plants of all sizes and industries. Oftentimes, a mechanical seal is a "barometer" for the pump, helping maintenance and operators to understand the health of the pump on which it's installed. Other times, failure is a result of poor selection or installation errors. Here are 6 of the most common reasons mechanical seals can fail.
Tom Borrino, Regional Engineer for John Crane, recommends that if you’re interested in reducing seal failures, take a look at all phases of equipment application – how is the sealed equipment specified, installation practices, all the way up to operations. Seals are very repeatable, so if you continue operating the same seal in the same manner, expect to see the same rate of failure. He further recommends to think about the seal in terms of its total lifetime costs – not so much by its initial cost. Start a reliability program that defines the cost of failure and justify it by increasing the seal’s mean time between failures.
Look to your local seal supplier for help with seal selection, best operating practices, and seal flush plan recommendations. If you have specific questions, ask us about it! We gladly provide mechanical seal assistance to businesses in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
Read more about the reasons for pump and mechanical seal failure in our eBook, 36 Ways to Kill Your Pump. Download your copy today!