One of the most crucial components of the production process in your facility is the pumping system, which is also frequently the source of substantial resource waste. This is due to the numerous aspects of the system’s design and operation that require research and improvement to prevent energy leakage through the pump.
Whether your company uses one pump or more, these pieces of equipment must run as efficiently as possible. Here is all the information you need to customize and improve the efficiency of pumps.
Steer clear of oversized pumps.
Using large pumps is one of the most frequent causes of inefficient pumps. A pump running outside 20% of its Best Efficiency Point on the pump curve is deemed “too big.” However, if the pump’s duty point is within 50-100% of the BEP flow rate, then the size is appropriate.
Larger pumps use more energy to run, which adds needless expenses. A certain margin of error is reasonable, if not preferred, to account for growth and demand changes. However, to save energy, staying as close to your BEP as feasible is advisable.
Make sure you know the precise specs your machine needs before purchasing the parts. In addition, you will need to make provisions for potential future uncertainty regarding the sizes of the components you plan to employ when making your initial purchase at Pumpbiz.
Replace damaged components
Your pump may operate smoothly now, but there’s no assurance it will stay that way. The machine may develop worn-out parts or may start to malfunction. If you keep using the equipment in such a situation, it won’t be able to function as expected, which will lower its efficiency. Replace any worn-out or malfunctioning pump elements as soon as you find them.
Trim pump impellers
If your pump is too big, you can lower the flow and pressure by reducing the size of the impellers. By trimming your impellers, you can increase the energy efficiency of your pump. Impeller trimming lowers the pump’s top speed, which also affects the flow rate and pressure of the pump. Swapping out your current impellers for smaller ones is an additional option.
Enhance the piping
Although it’s always preferable to invest time in piping optimization during the design stage of the first pump installation, you can still make some adjustments to increase efficiency after the fact. You can lower pressure decreases by limiting abrupt pipe diameter changes and severe plumbing bends. Higher-grade pipework and low-loss fittings and valves can also help you reduce friction loss.
Manage your energy needs.
There are situations when the pump you are using isn’t the right fit for the energy requirements of the specific task you are using it for. When this happens, the pump will create too little energy, which causes the system to operate with less output than intended or too much power, some of which will be wasted. Make sure you select a pumping system that satisfies the precise energy requirements that the pump must produce by performing all the relevant calculations.
The bottom line
Maintaining and extending the usable life of your pump can increase its efficiency.