Keep in mind, rigorously following OEM-specified maintenance schedules and procedures for pumping systems is crucial to the reliability, safety, and efficiency of your plant’s fluid-handling processes. The best—and most logical—place to find this information is the “Instruction and Operation Manual” (IOM) for the equipment in question.
Although you will, of course, want to refer to and follow OEM-specified schedules for the particular pumping systems at your site, the one outlined here is a good example. It’s taken from the preventive-maintenance section of the applications guide for the 3196 i-Frame series from ITT Goulds Pumps, Seneca Falls, NY (gouldspumps.com). These ANSI units are typically used to handle hazardous fluids in challenging chemical-plant environments.
This straightforward schedule and the procedures associated with it, however, are not merely suggested or recommended. According to the company, adherence to the preventive-maintenance section of its applications guide is required to maintain the applicable ATEX classification of the equipment.
—Jane Alexander, managing editor
- Lubricate bearings.
- Inspect the seal.
- Check level and condition of oil through sight glass on bearing frame.
- Check for unusual noise, vibration, and bearing temperatures.
- Check pump and piping for leaks.
- Analyze vibration.
- Inspect discharge pressure.
- Inspect temperature.
- Check seal chamber and stuffing box for leaks.
- Ensure there are no leaks from the mechanical seal.
- Adjust or replace stuffing-box packing if you notice excessive leaking.
- Check that foundation and hold-down bolts are tight.
- Check packing, if the pump has been left idle, and replace as required.
- Change oil every three months (2,000 operating hours) at minimum.
- Change oil more often if there are adverse atmospheric or other conditions that might contaminate or break down the oil.
- Check shaft alignment and realign as required.
Check the pump’s capacity, pressure, and power. If pump performance doesn’t satisfy your process requirements, and if the process requirements haven’t changed, the pump should be disassembled and inspected, and worn parts should be replaced. Otherwise, a system inspection should be done.
Shorten inspection intervals appropriately, if the pumped fluid is abrasive or corrosive, or if the environment is classified as potentially explosive. MT
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