Saving Energy in Industrial Pumping Processes

As prolific importers of pumps into Australia, we work hard to stay current on issues that affect our customers. In the industrial sector, a sizeable amount of technology development is being directed toward saving energy in industrial and pumping processes. In fact, many scientists and engineers now use water usage as a tool to uncover energy waste.

Up to now, industry has enjoyed an abundant supply of water to assist industrial processes. It is no accident that so many manufacturing plants are located next to rivers. Water is freely available and easily returned to its source.

One of the more common uses for water in industrial processes is for cooling. Water is used in power plants for condensing steam. It is used to cool molten metal in steel mills. Generally, water is used to cool any machine or part of a machine that overheats in a manufacturing or pumping process.

Pumps in Perth - Saving Energy in Industrial Pumping Processes

In the past, water has been readily available and often wasted without consequence. However, we are rapidly approaching a time in which water is at a premium. There are more and more people to share less and less water. Climate change has also caused inconsistencies in water supply.

Drought conditions can severely limit the amount of water that is available while floods can contaminate all of the water in an area. Flooding can also damage the infrastructure in an area, further compromising the availability of water.

Due to these factors and more, water costs are increasing across the board. So much, in fact, that many facilities are treating wastewater to reuse as clean water. Due to increases in costs, there is no pressure on many Industries to reduce their water consumption.

But now, one previously overlooked factor is coming to light with more and more engineers and project managers aware of it. This factor: the use of water often indicates that energy is being wasted.

The Culprit: Overheating

In particular, when water is used for cooling in any process, it means that energy is being lost in the form of excess heat. Cooling is obviously going to be necessary and essential in many processes. However, engineers and scientists have noticed that when the need for cooling is reduced, it is always accompanied by a proportionate rise in energy efficiency.

Whenever cooling is required in a mechanism such as a pump or an engine, it means that energy which could have been converted into work has instead been converted into heat. When more heat is produced, it means less of the energy which has been created is being used for the work which is the objective of the process. When this energy is cooled by water, it is basically wasted.

In addition, cooling systems use a lot of energy themselves and cost a lot of money to build, maintain and operate. Look at some of the elements of a cooling system: pumps, piping, cooling towers, radiators, heat exchangers, valves and filters. These are all necessary and they all cost money.

The bottom line is that whenever the usage of water for cooling is reduced, costs for infrastructure, energy usage and other capital costs go down.

Some Processes Intrinsically Require Cooling

No matter how many technological advances are made, some processes are always going to require cooling because of their nature. For example, when refining or chemical processes require high temperature levels, cooling is going to be necessary.

Ultimately, the need for cooling will be controlled or dictated by the equipment being used and the process it is being used for. Engineers are already looking into altering the materials being used in the processes to reduce the need for cooling. The mechanical equipment makes a difference, too.

In addition, whenever water used for cooling has to be evaporated and removed, the cost is approximately $124,771 per year for each gallon of water evaporated per minute. That is a lot of water and a lot of money.

What it Means for Pumps

This work is theoretical as of now, but the information is going to help pump manufacturers and industrial engineers find new ways to reduce energy waste and increase efficiency.

Anyone Can Sell Pumps, but Do They Offer These Services?

There are a lot of businesses selling pumps in Australia. Some do a great job while some are, to be polite, not so great. Some have high-quality products while others sell price point products that seem like a great bargain until they are actually put into use.

At Pump Solutions Australasia, we not only sell pumps; we provide full service solutions. We were established in 1990 by a migrant German engineer. We were then called Pumps and Services Australia and we specialised in creating large pumping systems for a number of industries.

In fact, we created a revolutionary vacuum pumping system to transport fish from ships to the Geraldton Fish Market that is still in operation today, almost 30 years later.

Full Service Solutions - Pumps in Australia

Fast forward to today, where we are now the largest importer of pumps in Australia. We have literally scoured the world to find the best pump manufacturers because we know that only the best will provide the consistency that your operation needs. We know it’s worth the extra investment in the beginning to ensure maximum efficiency and minimal downtime, so we do everything within our power to provide just that for our customers.

Pumps Need Professional Servicing

We offer full service and maintenance programs for every pump we sell. We also offer full service and maintenance to your pumping system, even if you didn’t buy it here. Because of our background in our commitment to providing the best service in the industry, we can service any pump that has ever been made.

Having your pumps serviced and maintained on a regular basis extends their life cycles, maximises their efficiency and keeps downtime to a minimum.

We also have access to an extensive selection of spare parts through our many elite pump manufacturers. This makes it easy for us to order parts anytime you need them.

If you would like to learn more or you would like to enquire about having us service and maintain your pumping system, call Pump Solutions Australasia today: 1300 793 418.

Why it is Important to Test Pump Efficiency

As a leading importer of pumps in Australia, we work with a lot of wastewater plants and other large operations. When we provide pumps or pumping systems, we always aim to help improve pump efficiency, reliability and longevity. Here is why it is so important to test the efficiency of your pumps.

Why it is Important to Test Pump Efficiency - Pumps in Australia

In water and wastewater treatment plants, power consumption can often take up large portions of the budget for the local government overseeing the plant. Pumps and other machinery that have to operate 24/7 can consume as much as 4% of the energy that is produced nationwide.

Since it is pumps that are doing the bulk of the work, it is important to assess the efficiency of pumps in wastewater plants to see if all that power is being used effectively. In the average wastewater plant, electricity for pumps can account for between 20% and 30% of the total energy used. In water pumping plants, that number can jump up to 46%.

Over the life cycle of a pumping system, energy can account for as much as 75% of the operating costs. It stands to reason that the easiest and most effective way to reduce operation cost would be to reduce the amount of energy used by the pumps.

First, you must determine how the pump is operating within your system and how close it is to its best energy point (BEP). The further away your pump is from its best energy point, the more energy it will use and the less reliable and efficient your system will be. This increases operating costs and can cause maintenance issues.

If your system has motor failures, premature wear and tear of pumps or other maintenance issues, it is probably a good sign that your pump is not at its best energy point. many pumps that have been tested at wastewater and water facilities have been found to be operating from 15% to 20% less than optimum efficiency. This can raise costs by as much as 45%.

Test Your Pumps in Australia ASAP

If you think your plant could be running better, test your pumps ASAP. To learn more, call Pump Solutions Australasia today: 1300 793 418.

Overcome These Barriers for Wastewater Plant Efficiency

We have provided pumps and pumping systems for numerous wastewater plants across Australia. We thought it might be helpful to tell you about these barriers to increasing wastewater plant efficiency and how to overcome them.

Is it Really Funding?

Sometimes it seems like it is impossible to get the funding necessary for improving efficiency in a wastewater or water plant. If often feels like we are dependent upon grants, hard-to-obtain financing or other forms of funding. But is it really all about the money? Here are what we see as the real barriers keeping you from obtaining funding.

Making a Convincing Case on the Business End

It is important to convince the people holding the purse strings that it is in their best interest to replace it given part or system that is affecting planned efficiency. It is important to show where all of the savings are during the life cycle of a given piece of equipment. This includes future replacement, maintenance costs, system reliability and labour time

The more comprehensive you are on presenting an accurate picture of the cost, the easier it is to obtain funding.

Overcome These Barriers for Wastewater Plant Efficiency - Pumps and Pumping Solutions

Risk Management

Ultimately, we are in the risk management business. Our wastewater and water treatment infrastructure helps protect both public and environmental health. That is why the permits and treatment requirements are so strict. What are perceived risk is actually real or not, there is a certain amount of uncertainty that comes with modifying wastewater systems.

When this uncertainty causes delay, it can cost money and lower output and efficiency. It is important to have access to documentation that a proposed change will benefit your operation.

Updated Training

Equipment and procedures change almost daily as technology continues to progress at an ever quickening rate. It is important that your employees are trained in how to maximize smart technology and other advances in the field.

Call Pump Solutions Australasia Today

To learn more or to enquire about pumps or pumping systems, call us today: 1300 793 418.

Seepex Pumps: A Mainstay Since 1972

Seepex Pumps were founded in Denmark in 1972. They are best known for their progressive cavity pumps. They service a wide range of industries, including food & beverage, environmental engineering, renewable energies, potable water, oil, gas, petrochemicals, pulp and paper.

Progressive cavity pumps, often called “screw pumps” use a screw-shaped rotor to move fluids through a series of cavities. Their flow rate is in direct proportion to the rotational rate of the rotor. This makes them perfect for metering applications. They are also a pump of choice for aggressive, viscous and abrasive media.

Seepex pumps have been proven to be reliable and efficient. This is why they are so highly regarded in so many industries.

Seepex Pumps Customer Service

At Pump Solutions Australasia, we think customer service is important. That’s why we have trained our staff to become what we feel is the best in the business. But there are two facets to customer service. One is from the sales outlet, but the other is the manufacturer.

We only import pumps from manufacturers who provide the best in customer service. Seepex Pumps was built on a philosophy of providing customer service that goes above and beyond that of many manufacturers. At Seepex Pumps, it is part of their philosophy to have customer service people who work closely with customers.

Seepex Pumps: A Mainstay Since 1972

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In this way, they can help their customers develop solutions to optimise their pumping systems. Ultimately, they help boost efficiency and productivity while decreasing downtime and operating costs. The result is that your pumping system becomes one of the best in your industry and helps give your company an edge over competitors.

Our Philosophy

At Pump Solutions Australasia, we strive to provide the best customer service and the highest quality pumps available. Ultimately, we don’t just sell pumps to our customers and leave them on their own. We provide solutions for all operations, from homeowners to giant industrial pumping systems.

To learn more or to find a pumping solution for your enterprise, call Pump Solutions Australasia today: 1300 793 418.