Why Engineers are Risk Averse and Why We Agree With Them

If you have ever checked out the “about us” section here, you will notice that we were founded by a migrant German engineer who was responsible for many major innovations, including the system still in use for transporting fish at the Geraldton Fish Market. While we now concentrate on importing the best pumps from around the world into Australia, we have never forgotten our roots.

We still approach our jobs here like engineers. While we do provide individual pumps, we also help create enormous pumping systems. As we like to say, we don’t just sell pumps, we provide solutions. Here’s some insight as to why we think this way.

Through an Engineer’s Eyes

Have you ever thought of what life might look like through an engineer’s eyes? Engineers have created most of what gets us through our day. Think of your alarm clock, your appliances, the car you drive to work in, the buildings along the way, the satellites and electronic parts that make your smartphone work. They were all designed by engineers. And they were designed to do their jobs, every day, over and over.

Why Engineers are Risk Averse and Why We Agree - Pumps Importer in Australia

Engineers are risk averse because they have to be. Their creations either work or they don’t work. There is no way to rationalize a malfunctioning piece as being “correct.” If your pump moves fluids, it works. If it doesn’t move fluids, it doesn’t work. The seal on a pump either keeps the pump from leaking or it doesn’t. The valve opens and closes or it stays stuck in one position.

If the product doesn’t do what it is supposed to, it is the engineer’s job to make it right.

In pumping systems, as in any large industrial system, pumps are designed and manufactured for one particular purpose. Most engineers find the initial design phase to be fairly easy. However, it becomes difficult quickly. It starts with describing and designing individual parts. The materials must be specified. The dimensions and tolerances must be described to the smallest detail.

An engineer’s typical drawing may contain as many as 1,000 symbols. If even two of them are transposed, parts don’t fit right and the entire unit doesn’t work.

When the part gets to the typical manufacturer, they want to relax the tolerances. Accountants want the product to cost less to make. Sometimes people want to remove parts and features to simplify their inventories.

Also, industry requirements can change. This can include more pressure, more flow and more variance of temperature. Marketing arms often want the product out in a half of a year when it takes a year to get it right.

Engineers are often pressured to decrease tolerances and to “let some things go.” And under ideal conditions, the system may still perform. But the more variation the engineers allow, the more the chance that the entire system will fail when it is needed the most: under pressure. Whether caused by maximum flow, higher temperatures or more pressure, systems need to be made fail-safe.

It all comes down to one question: “How much risk is the engineer willing to take?”

Why This Is Important When Selecting Pumps

We don’t like to see risks taken when manufacturing pumps or creating large pumping systems. We know that thousands and occasionally millions of dollars can be at stake. We believe in taking no risk and ensuring peak performance under the most trying of conditions.

And that is why we choose only the finest manufacturers when we are importing pumps into Australia. We only work with manufacturers who have built reputations for making the most dependable products in the world. We want manufacturers who are constantly improving their products. We want manufacturers who listen to their engineers and never take risks when it comes to putting their product to market.

The end result is that our customers have minimal downtime and maximum efficiency. Whether it’s one pump or an entire wastewater processing plant, our customers know they are working with a company that is as risk averse as any engineer they know. And that is how it should be.

To learn more or to enquire about any of our pumps, call Pump Solutions Australia today: 1300 793 418.