Who should you call for process pump repair?
Amid pump industry consolidation, independent shops can provide upgrade and repair services for key process equipment.
For the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) to
routinely rebuild an older or vintage
centrifugal pump to original equipment manufacturer (OEM)
specifications is not practical, given present pump rebuilding
and testing technology. Pump users realize that
changes to system performance do occur over time, and technology advances make efficiency
gains possible. A highly qualified independent rebuild shop
with up-to-date design tools and experienced personnel can
verifiably offer high-quality upgrades that improve both uptime
and efficiency consistent with current system performance
requirements. Considerable consolidation has taken place within
the pump industry; thus, the distinct possibility exists that a
particular OEMis no longer able to offer the same
engineering competence they had provided decades ago. In
addition, some equipment vendors have downsized or
right-sized their traditional inspection
departments into oblivion. The user-owner often sees the
consequences reflected in unexpected pump downtime and repeat
failures. Fig. 1 shows how consolidation has taken place.
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