The 6 Commandments Of Pump Installation

Author: Vern Frahm | September 25, 2014 | Category: Equipment Maintenance, Pumps
Ever had a pump that caused problems since the day it was installed? It's possible that something was overlooked the day it was put into commission. If you install your own pumps, be sure to avoid "bad actors" in your plant by following the 6 Commandments Of Pump Installation.
  1. THOU SHALT NOT USE A COME-ALONG ON A PIPE TO MAKE IT REACH THE PUMP'S SUCTION OR DISCHARGE PORTS
    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. Blistering Mechanical Seal FaceTHOU SHALT NOT COLD START A PUMP WHEN THE FLUID'S VISCOSITY HAS CHANGED DUE TO COLD TEMPERATURES
    Some fluids have higher viscosities when they're cold. Starting up a pump without first warming it can have adverse effects, especially on the mechanical seal faces. (See example on right. Blistering on the seal face due to lack of proper lubrication on the faces, common with cold starts.)

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.

Have a pump that may have fallen victim to a broken commandment? Sign up for a Bad Actor Pump Assessment! We will gladly provide a no cost assessment to companies in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. 

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Vern Frahm

Vern Frahm

Vern was an integral part of the Service and Repair Group at Crane Engineering. With over 40 years logged at Crane, he was a sought after trainer for our customers. As of 2015, Vern has retired. :)

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