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CPI Demands Pumps with Lower Lifecycle Costs

By Joy LePree |

Improved designs result in leak-free, reliable, longer-lasting pumps Because pumps move media through reactors, valves and piping, they serve as “the heart” of any process in which they are placed. So, whether the pump is a large sump pump, a small metering pump or anything in between, processors demand pumps that perform without stopping because when the pump goes down, it often takes the entire process and, in some cases, the whole facility, with it. For this reason, processors require pumps that not only function in the harshest of conditions, but they expect them to do so without leaking and without a lot of maintenance to keep costs at a minimum and safety and reliability at a premium. “Chemical processors tend to be the kind of pump users for whom downtime becomes excessively expensive,” says Chad Wunderlich, engineering manager with Viking Pump (Cedar Falls, Iowa; www.vikingpump.com). He says this is especially true if the pumps are involved in the front end of the process where, if that pump were to shut down, the entire process would follow. “Of course they have scheduled downtime, but if a pump should fail outside of that, it becomes a far bigger, more costly problem for them than it is in other industries due…
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