KSB Pumps Inc. is offering pump system operators in Canada a new on-site performance monitoring and analysis service. System Efficiency Services (SES) combines on-site data collection with KSB’s deep expertise in pump operations to provide pump owners with a comprehensive picture of how their system is running.
The starting point for SES is the collection of multiple system parameters (power consumption, pressures, flow rates, pump and motor vibration, pump speeds, etc.) at a number of locations on the system and over a range of operating conditions. “These measurements give us the information we need to understand exactly how the system is running”, reports Gary Zeidler, Manager of KSB Pumps’ Service Division. “By comparing the system characteristics to performance curves provided by the pumps’ manufacturers, we can learn a lot about how efficiently the pumps are operating in thesystem.” Zeidler continues: “If we find that pumps are spending a lot of time operating at low levels of efficiency, we can recommend changes that will reduce energy costs and usually mean smoother running and longer pump life.” Online monitoring of pump performance can also be useful for trouble-shooting and for identifying performance problems before they cause equipment failures.