3 need-to-know facts of the importance of pump efficiency

10 November 2015

Pumps are essential equipment because of their potential to hasten work and improve productivity. They account for around 25 percent of total motor system energy in manufacturing, making them the second most frequently used electronic machine. Being one of the most important bits in the process, interestingly, it is also quite unreliable. It has a lot of weaknesses, resulting to more expenses and disturbance to the flow of work.

Here are some interesting facts from Grundfo, together with Salvo’s insights that might affect how you deal with pumps.

Pumps are responsible for an estimate of 10% of the world’s electric consumption.

There’s no doubt how important pumps are, but they are also a major source of energy wastage. It is also said that 2 out of 3 pumps are wasting energy. In fact, most motors of pump installations run at top speed even when not needed, making them wasteful all the time.

Sure, pumps improve a company’s productivity, but it also causes you to have twice as much expense. Pumps, then, becomes a part of a problem instead of a good investment and solution.

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There are more pumps than employees in the chemical industry.

A study conducted in Germany revealed that a ratio of 1:1.25 is observed between each employee and pumps respectively in chemical companies.

This might not be true for other industries, but the importance of pumps is definitely evident. Pumps aren’t cheap, and are mostly likely more costly than human labor. Knowing that they are more needed in certain industries makes their efficiency a big deal.

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On average, pump optimization has payback time of 1-5 years.

In a pump’s life cycle, most of its expenses are placed under energy and its maintenance. Switching to energy efficient pump systems and implementing better pump monitoring and maintenance may involve investment costs. These costs are simply short-term expenses because in the long run, one thing’s for sure: you can save more for the many years to come.

Overall, it can be concluded that companies spend a lot of money to run and repair pumps. The least you could get from spending a great sum is guarantee that all the expenses were worth it. Reduce costs in energy and maintenance by investing in efficient pumps.


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