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A come-along? Seriously? Our Service Technicians have seen it. Using a come-along, or any other type of force to get pipes and pumps together causes serious pipe strain on the pump, bringing a myriad of other issues along with it.
2. THOU SHALT NOT USE A HAMMER TO POUND ANYTHING ON THE PUMP INTO PLACE
Pounding on a pump to get impellers, couplings or shafts back into place can damage them, while also causing damage to mechanical seals.
3. THOU SHALT NOT RUN A PUMP THAT HAS NOT BEEN ALIGNED
Misalignment accounts for up to 50% of damage in rotating machinery. Skipping this step can lead to seal and bearing failure, excessive energy usage, and shortened mean time between failure of the pump.
4. THOU SHALT NOT RUN A PUMP WITHOUT PROPER LUBRICATION
Lubricant is the lifeblood of a pump. Be sure it has the correct lubricant, in the correct amount so it functions without seizing or leaking excess lubricant.
5. THOU SHALT NOT IGNORE START UP PROCEDURES IN THE PUMP'S MANUAL
The procedures outlined in the pump's manual are designed to give you the best possible instruction for ensuring a long and trouble-free life for your pump. Read it, and follow each step in the procedure!
6. THOU SHALT NOT COLD START A PUMP WHEN THE FLUID'S VISCOSITY HAS CHANGED DUE TO COLD TEMPERATURES
Following proper procedures when installing a pump is the first step in ensuring the most energy and cost efficient operation possible. Read the manual, train the operators and you'll avoid chronic, costly pump repairs.
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