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A Guide to Slurry Pump Maintenance

Nov. 23, 2020

When it comes to keeping your pumps in top condition, there are several steps you should follow. These simple steps can help you avoid any unplanned downtime at your facility. The best preventative maintenance begins with changing the oil in your Slurry Pump.

Changing the Oil

Many pumps require oil to lubricate them. You will want to check to ensure that there is no water in the oil. Water will cause the motor or the bearings to fail. Sometimes seals can leak, so a tiny amount of water is OK. However, if the oil is milky, it means there is too much water. Regularly changing the oil will increase your pump’s lifetime. The more you use the pump, the more you will need to change the oil.

Meeting the Pump’s Requirements

You will want to check that your Mud Pump is still performing the task that the company built it to complete. Sometimes processes can change, but the equipment does not change. You will want to consider if you have made any changes to your processes over the years. You can place a flow meter and pressure gauge on the pump, so you can take its measurements.

Slurry Pump

Slurry Pump

Monitoring the Pump’s Temperature

Every pump can fail if the motor overheats. Sometimes, a pump will come with temperature sensors. If not, you can easily add them yourself. Different pumps will have different methods of placing temperature sensors.

If the motor gets too hot, then these sensors can shut down the motor until it has cooled. You can accidentally burn out the motor without these sensors. It is also a good idea to check the pump’s temperature at least weekly while you are using it. You can use a temperature gun to make sure you get an accurate reading.

Checking the Clearance of the Impeller

To get the most out of your Sludge Pump, you will want to regularly check the impeller clearance. Your equipment manual can give you an idea of the proper clearance. When you check the clearance, look for wear and tear on your pump’s impeller. The clearance can increase with worn wetted parts. This prevents the pump from performing at its best. If you pump an abrasive product, you might see excessive wear on the pump.