Water Pumping StationPumps require repair and replacement. It’s a fact of life in the world of industrial pumps. A huge challenge is that as  pump models  become obsolete and therefore older parts, built to unique specifications, may no longer be available. This means companies must plan carefully for the end of an industrial pump life cycle to ensure replica pump components can be manufactured and seamlessly integrated into their facilities.

Commit to Part Replication

Often an original part is discontinued, due to the sheer speed of change in pump technology and component manufacturing. This is where expert replicators step in. They can manufacture a precise Read More »

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Water treatment, recycling, settling on sewage water stationIndustrial power facilities, utilize a variety of fuel sources such as oil , coal, gas and combustable  byproducts. No matter what type of product is burned in a furnace or power boiler, the combustion process will produce a large amount of ash, gases, soot and other by-products. It is important to clean the internal heating surfaces at set intervals to prevent build-up within their systems.Soot blowers are an effective and efficient means of regularly and safely cleaning the internal heating surface.

The Problems Caused by Soot Buildup

The longer a boiler or furnace has been running, the more deposits it will have on all heating surfaces. Soot inside a furnace or other burning equipment reduces efficiency and is also a fire hazard. First, a coating of soot inside the equipment acts like an insulator to reduce heat exchange and Read More »

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Installing a new industrial pump just gets more technically complicated and expensive. It’s a necessary part of life for many companies, but something they would prefer to avoid until it is absolutely necessary and proven to be cost effective for the long run. Therefore it makes sense, and reduces operational costs as well, for firms to extend an industrial pump’s life and take a proactive approach toward parts and maintenance. Read More »

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Paper and pulp millPumps are critical to pulp mill operations and paper manufacturing.Their systems are vital for a comprehensive range of operational functions.They help process raw materials to ensure natural elements are suitable for paper production and they aid in the forming and conversion processes.

For any pulp and paper mill, its pumps are the heart of its operations.They need to be kept serviced and running perfectly all the time. Here’s why.

1. Reduced Costs

By servicing their pulp and paper pumps more regularly, mill operators can reduce costs, maximize system performance and minimize downtime periods. Read More »

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Centrifugal Pumps: The origins and today’s concerns

antique centrifugal pumps

The conversation about energy efficient industrial pumps and pumping systems has been ongoing  for quite some time, as a matter of fact the first true centrifugal pump was invented by Denis Papin in 1687. Since that time, pumps have been the subject of close scrutiny regarding their performance and their ability to produce the required capacity.

The concerns over centrifugal pumps are:

  • proper operation vis-à-vis flow and pressure coupled with the efficiency of the running unit.
  • increased reliability and ultimately a lower Life Cycle Cost will be the end result.

Consider that Kraft pulp mill pumps constitute 26%  of the energy consumed and regardless of the price of a KwHr the final costs will mount up.

Pulp Mills: Energy efficiency challenges

Centrifugal Pumps energy efficient

The challenge facing all pulp mill operations in regards to energy efficient industrial pumps becomes one of re-establishing the Best Efficiency Point (BEP) . This can be accomplished by:

  • proper selection and
  • varying the speed of the pump utilizing devices such as Vee- Belt drives, Magnetic drives and VFD’s.

Determining the “wire-to-water”efficiency of the pump becomes the task. The engineer will need to consider the total power consumed over a 25 year period based on the actual operation . They will then have to select the proper sized pump to do the job. At this point the present and future operating requirements are taken into consideration. Caution must be taken as the tendancy by many is to supply an oversized pump. This will result in the very inefficient operation and reduced life of the pump either through mechanical or thermal instability.

It should be noted that through proper pump selection, and Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) , efficient pump operation is attainable for the expected life of the pump.

NOTE: As a participating member of the BC Hydro PowerSmart Alliance, Westcan meets all of BC Hydro’s stringent requirements. Therefore, we can help our customers benefit from many cost-savings advantages and financial incentives through our Energy Efficiency Program.

For more information, call 1-888-941-5141

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