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Often overlooked, gauges alert you to serious problems happening with your centrifugal pump and system helping you get on the fast-track to a solution.
Gauges are one of the best tools you have when it comes to troubleshooting a centrifugal pump and system, and without them, you’re operating blind. Gorman-Rupp tells us 9 important things gauges can tell you when it comes to operating your centrifugal pump and system, and what you should know if a gauge is not properly installed.
So, what does a good quality, properly installed gauge tell you anyway?
Gauges will only provide accurate readings if properly installed. Remember that gauge taps should be installed as close to the pump inlet and outlet as possible.
While it’s common to mount a gauge to the pump itself, this is not a good practice because the gauges may go out of calibration and provide erroneous information to the pump operator. If a gauge is mounted directly to the pump, this usually means the discharge gauge is at a different elevation than the suction gauge. The vertical distance between these two gauges is defined as "gauge correction" and must be added to the gauge readings to be accurate.
Instrumentation and gauges are an important tool in the pump operator's toolbox that should not be overlooked. How else will you know if your centrifugal pump and system is operating efficiently?
For questions regarding gauges and instrumentation, simply contact us! We are happy to provide technical assistance to businesses in Wisconsin and upper Michigan.