Industrial pumps are machines that hold together a lot of vital processes around the world. They’re used in infrastructure and processing plants. However, they require a lot of attention because of how important they are. That’s why anyone in charge of one should learn how to properly maintain industrial pumps.
Follow the Schedule
The first thing you should learn is how to follow the maintenance schedule of your specific pump. Conduct daily checks on the simplest of problems—like overheating—and weekly and monthly checks on problems that are more serious. Develop a system that follows your pump’s maintenance needs.
Inspect and Assess
Proper maintenance starts with an assessment of all the basic functions of your pump. Make sure that it’s putting out the correct results—and if it’s not, you’ll know if something’s wrong. Inspect its mounting points, seals, couplings, and filters for problems. Running daily or weekly checks for the common reasons why industrial pumps fail is a good plan too.
Inspect the Motor
The motor of your pump is the most important part, and it’s also the most complex. Check your motor once every month for any damages or problems that might arise during regular use. This includes checking the vents for any buildup or blockage.
You can perform motor inspection maintenance and lubrication maintenance at the same time. However, be careful that you don’t over-lubricate the pump. Check your pump’s guide on how to lubricate your motor and other pump parts so you don’t make any mistakes.
The most important part of maintenance is preventing incidents before they even happen. Even if you don’t see damage or issues, fully clean and perform regular maintenance as your schedule lays out. Otherwise, unseen damage that the maintenance might prevent can ruin your pumps and cause massive issues.
This guide on how to properly maintain industrial pumps is only the basics of pump maintenance. Every pump is different and will require different maintenance methods and timings for proper care. Keep that in mind and plan according to what the pump’s guide tells you.
How can I tell if my industrial pump is not working right?
Proper maintenance starts with an assessment of all the basic functions of your pump. Make sure that it’s putting out the correct results—and if it’s not, you’ll know if something’s wrong. Inspect its mounting points, seals, couplings, and filters for problems.