Rick Whidden is applications manager for Grand Terrace, Calif. based Griswold Pump Company, an operating company within Pump Solutions Group (PSG). PSG is a member of Dover Corporation and comprised of seven leading pump brands
As mentioned, the harsh, difficult operating conditions at liquid terminals can put a great deal of stress on the pumping equipment that is used to keep them running 24/7/365. The best way to ensure that instances of equipment failure that can lead to costly downtime and potential safety hazards do not occur is to be proactive in a maintenance routine. This means establishing a maintenance schedule for every pump and documenting every maintenance occurrence, whether planned or unplanned. Liquid-terminal operators who stay ahead of the maintenance curve will reap the benefits of a facility that operates without encountering the breakdowns and out-of-service situations that can set an operation back.
Pumps & Systems, July 2011