Like every piece of essential equipment in your industrial plant, pumps need to be properly operated and maintained in order to function efficiently and avoid costly breakdowns.
A quality service plan aimed at mitigating any issues for your pumping solution can help to minimise downtime, extend the life of your pumps, and improve your bottom line. Spending an hour a month inspecting your pumps could help you avoid days' worth of potential downtime.
There are several factors to consider when choosing a pump service plan. While every company is different, and yours will probably have something unique, there are universal pointers that should be in every plan.
Frequency of Service: How often will your pumps be serviced? A more frequent service schedule will help to catch problems early; preventing major breakdowns and minimising downtime.
Scope of Service: What will be included in the service? A comprehensive service plan will include all of the necessary tasks to keep your pumps in top condition, such as inspecting for leaks, wear, and damage; lubricating the bearings; and flushing the pump with clean fluid.
Training: Your onsite team should be up to date with their pump service training in order to take on pump repair themselves if needed. This is important to ensure that your pumps are properly operated and maintained even when the service provider is not on-site.
Availability: How quickly can your service provider respond to a service call? A quick response time is important to minimise downtime and keep your business running smoothly.
Warranty: What kind of warranty does the service plan offer? A good warranty will protect you from financial losses in the event of a breakdown.
You wouldn't start a business without a plan, and you shouldn’t run pumps without having a well-honed pump service plan. While we always want everything to run smoothly, we have to plan for issues to arise, and a good service plan can be the difference between getting back up and running quickly and having to halt production for an extended period of time.
Here is how you can benefit from maintaining a quality service plan:
Minimised downtime: A good repair plan can help to mitigate downtime risk by catching problems early, preventing major breakdowns and saving expense on lost productivity and repairs.
Extended pump life: A well-maintained pump will last longer than an improperly maintained pump. This can save you money on the cost of replacement pumps.
Improved efficiency: A properly maintained pump will operate more efficiently, which can save energy costs.
Increased safety: A well-maintained pump is less likely to leak or malfunction, which can reduce the risk of accidents.
Peace of mind: Knowing that your pumps are properly maintained can give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on running your business.
The frequency of pump services will vary depending on the type of pump and the application. However, it is generally recommended to have your pumps serviced at least once a year. A more frequent service schedule may be necessary for pumps that are used in harsh environments or that are subject to a lot of wear and tear.
A pump service typically includes the following steps:
Inspection: The pump is visually inspected for leaks, wear, and damage.
Testing: The pump is tested to ensure that it is operating properly. This may include testing the flow rate, pressure, and efficiency of the pump.
Lubrication: The bearings and other moving parts of the pump are lubricated.
Cleaning: The pump is cleaned to remove any debris that may have accumulated.
Replacement of Parts: Any worn or damaged parts are replaced.
Reassembly: The pump is reassembled and tested again to ensure that it is operating properly.
By following a regular pump service schedule, you can help to ensure that your pumps are operating properly and that they will last for many years to come.
Here are some additional tips for extending the life of your pumps:
Operate your pumps within their specified limits. Do not exceed the maximum flow rate or pressure of the pump.
Keep your pumps clean. This will help to prevent debris from accumulating and causing damage.
Lubricate your pumps regularly. This will help to keep the bearings and other moving parts in good condition.
Replace worn or damaged parts promptly. This will help to prevent further damage to the pump.
Train your employees on how to operate and maintain your pumps. This will help to ensure that your pumps are properly operated and maintained even when the service provider is not on-site.
By following these tips, you can help to keep your pumps running smoothly and efficiently for many years to come. At Hydromarque, we offer comprehensive in-house pump part and repair service. So if you’re looking for a pump repair near you, contact us today to find out about our pump service plans. We include all the necessary tasks to keep your pumps in top condition.