As the trend toward submersible pumps continues to grow, are you still holding on to the belief that having the pump at floor level makes maintenance and repairs easier? It’s a common thought that seems to makes sense on the surface (no pun intended.) But, in reality, submersible pumps that are matched to your specific needs are superior to most other types of pumps. And, the right submersible pump can reduce your operating and maintenance costs, and increase your operating uptime.
If you’ve avoided submersible pumps in the past, or simply haven’t been properly introduced, keep reading to learn why you may need to move your pumping power below the floor.Types of Pumps
There are four common types of pumps we’ll examine:
Vertical Shaft Pumps
This design has a motor that is mounted on a bearing frame that is attached to a shaft that extends down to the pumping elements.
There are many factors that go into selecting a submersible pump that is right for your application. More often than not, price is one of the top factors, but it is often only the tip of the iceberg of your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).What is Total Cost of Ownership?
TCO is the accumulated expected costs associated with the pump over its service life. This includes many costs that may be unseen at first glance: maintenance and repair costs, production down time costs, and more. It also takes the expected number of service life years into consideration. TCO matters because selecting the right pump for your specific application generally means a lower overall cost, even if the initial purchase price is higher.
Thinking in terms of TCO includes projecting costs over the life of the pump.
How often is your submersible pump clogging or failing? Worse yet, how often is that causing you to pull your pump for repairs or maintenance? Surprisingly, some of you may be pulling your clogged or inoperable pump monthly, weekly, or even daily! This is not the normal process when you have a submersible pump that is designed for your specific application, even if that’s how you’ve always done things. It’s a strong indicator that you’re using the wrong submersible pump.
A reliable submersible pump that is correctly installed should only need to be pulled annually during routine maintenance. Excessive repairs, maintenance and pump pulling causes significant costs. Downtime can run into the thousands of dollars in productivity, product scheduling and labor costs, so vigilance in maintenance protects more than just the pump.