August 2010

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A diamond in the roughAlthough problem-free pump operation is the primary goal of all pump operators, achieving that goal is not a simple matter. The key components of a pump—mechanical seals, im..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A diamond in the rough Although problem-free pump operation is the primary goal of all pump operators, achieving that goal is not a simple matter. The key components of a pump—mechanical seals, impellers, couplings, roller bearings and housings—are all subject to wear. Keeping a pump in good working condition is essential for cost-effective and reliable operation of plants and systems. Unplanned downtime can ruin production schedules and adversely affect a facility’s bottom line.Mechanical seals are recognized to be responsible for most pump failures and consequently represent the highest cost for pump repairs. Therefore, reducing the mean time between failure (MT

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