Are you involved in a production process that uses chemicals?

If yes, you’ll need to know your fluid pumping systems meet your production requirements and that they’re safe and resilient.

Here Steve Ball from Applied Pumps helps you manage your key challenges.

Hi. This month I am looking at pump applications that move chemicals within the chemical sector or transfer volatile and toxic liquids within any other industrial process.

The most common challenges and worries within this sector are:

1: Worries about outages

The key to avoiding any unexpected outages is of course, planned maintenance.

You need therefore to put contingencies in place.

A good starting point is to schedule regular performance reviews and operational assessments of your pumping systems.

As a part of this I’d advise you to check your pump capacity (i.e. metering) against any benchmarking you have in place and also check your pipework connections and seals.

Check carefully aurally for leakage as well as visually. Does everything sound like it is running smoothly and correctly, for example?

It is also good idea to fit vibration monitors and temperature sensors as they will alert you to any problems. If you need advice on this, please give me a call and I’d be happy to help.

2: Worries about not knowing when to service

There’s a fairly simply answer to this one and, to ensure your servicing is systemised and documented, a weekly/ monthly/ annual review schedule will keep you safe and on track.

3: Worries about repairs and remediation

To enable you to manage repairs and remediation you will need to strategically plan appraisal downtime.

Do remember that fluid delivery is a critical part of your production system and that it is working continually. It will naturally therefore, have a limited lifespan and will periodically need to be upgraded or replaced.

You may for example book in a full inspection, cleansing or upgrade review for the quieter holiday period or schedule this to take place overnight when less staff may be working.

This depends of course on your pumping application and the liquids you’re moving.

4: Health & Safety worries

When it come Health & Safety safeguarding, as mentioned above, leaks will be one of your biggest concerns.

This will especially be the case if you transfer toxic and volatile fluids.

As a part of this do be aware that chemical leakage may be almost impossible to see, simply because the elements could be atomised.

This would constitute a significant fire risk and a Health & Safety breach.

Once again detection systems and safeguards can be put in place.

5: Worries about spares

As a part of your contingency planning I would strongly advise you to stock spares.

It is therefore, always a good idea to order two copies of each key spare part. 

6: Worries about back-up

If something does go wrong, you’ll want the reassurance that you have someone to call (or call in) who can help you and help you quickly.

That’s why here at Applied Pumps we’re always at the end of the phone to answer any queries and also happy to undertake site visits to bring you an impartial recommendation for the best solution.

Do keep my number and email to hand (they are by the way, 01246 260157 and ) and remember also that, ‘I don’t charge to chat.’

See you next month for some more tips and advice about all your professional pumping needs.

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