How Pump Automation Systems Can Help Manage Process Variables and Refocus Priorities

Amongst everything else on a to-do list, facility and plant managers have two priorities that seemingly rise above everything else: be more efficient and decrease costs. With the growing demand for sustainable practices and the challenges of process variables, these priorities are often easier said than done.

In direct competition to these priorities is the historically manual and labor-intensive process of pump systems management. In addition to the time needed to constantly monitor a pump’s performance, any malfunction of the pump could result in wasted energy, excessive costs and downtime to repair the poorly performing pump. Fortunately, these processes can be improved by switching from fixed-speed pumps to variable frequency drives or implementing a load monitoring device. By observing why fixed-speed pumping with no monitoring can be an issue, and how newer solutions can make your processes ‘smarter’ through automated pumping and load monitoring, end users can achieve the maximum out of these critical components.

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Shopia Ketheeswararajah is a feature editor contributing to Pump Engineer, Stainless steel World Americas, Hose and Coupling World, and other related print & online media.