July 2011

Bonus Report: Maintenance and Reliability

Run your pumps like a pro

Follow these tips to boost efficiency and avoid failures

Kernan, D., ITT Monitoring and Control Group

Due to the myriad engineering, logistical and safety challenges involved in a refining operation, American Petroleum Institute (API) over hung (OH) style pumps are often overlooked as a potential source of improved productivity—or as a cause of catastrophic failure, if not operated properly. Refinery managers, maintenance engineers and production supervisors should adhere to best practices and understand the operational do’s and don’ts for employing pumps properly in refining applications. Paying heed to pump performance can boost operational efficiency, and avoid failures that reduce production or cause catastrophic shutdowns. Pump fundamentals and monitoring. One examp

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