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How to Prevent Downtime in Industrial Pump Operations

water treatment tanksDo you know that the failure of mechanical seals is among the primary causes of downtime in pump operations? Mechanical seals are useful in minimising leaks in industrial pump systems, but they require careful maintenance because of their delicate nature. Below are three ways you can take care of them to prevent the occurrence of downtime:

Proper Storage

Mechanical seals are a combination of non-metallic and metallic materials, hence the need for careful storage to avoid damage. Their method of storage depends on the age of the mechanical seal.

If you have had your seal for less than two years, you won’t need to disassemble it before storing in a clean space. If the seal is older than two years, you need to disassemble it and file the individual components separately. You should also clean the parts before storage. Meanwhile, if you’re not using the seal for three months, rotate its faces to minimise any chances of face locking.

Minimising Heat Generation

Excess heat in the pump compromises the life of seals and creates the need for repair. You should strive to minimise the generation of excess heat in the pump. Proper lubrication of the seal faces ensures absorption of the excess heat. Check that the pressure within the seal doesn’t exceed the manufacturer’s design parameters.

Correct Installation

Problems with the seals can begin with incorrect installation. Ensure you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when installing your seal, or better yet, get an expert to conduct the installation for you. The common problems with installation include loose bolts and screws, uneven placement of the faces, and damaging the seal faces.

The performance of industrial pumps depends on a collaboration of different components. Proper installation preserves the condition of the mechanical seals to ensure they are working well for optimum pump performance.

August 15, 2018 at 7:50 amDirections