Pumps play an increasingly important role in today’s manufacturing. The global market for pumps is over $60B, and is expected to continue growing 6% into the future. This investment is exceeded by budgets for running and maintaining these pumps over time. Pumps used for industrial applications represent one of the world’s largest consumers of electrical power. According to the Hydraulic Institute, pumping systems account for nearly 20% of the world’s electrical energy demand and from 20% to 25% of the energy usage in certain industrial plant operations.
Well managed and maintained pumps can enjoy a long productive life, playing an important role in an efficient manufacturing process. But events can happen! Proactive monitoring and maintenance are important to avoid costly replacement, downtime, cleanup, and repairs.
An additional factor for critical and environmentally sensitive pumping applications magnetically coupled, “sealless” or “canned” pumps are increasingly being specified. These pumps offer a number of clear advantages, but since the bearings are now inside these pumps a presence of fluid is needed to remove heat buildup. This requires new thinking about how to protect and monitor them.
A monitoring system that alerts to dry running, provides valuable feedback on process status, flow and viscosity changes, and offers important insight to maintenance needs can deliver short-term payback and ongoing cost savings and process optimization benefits.
Pump power measurement can play a fundamental role in all these key elements and should be considered an important factor in pump subsystem design.
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