With most modern pump systems – you’ll find that they have alarms that let operators know when there’s some sort of issue. That being said – digital control panels are an even better way of making sure things don’t go wrong in the first place. Integrating the right remote monitoring system with the right sensors and data logging can go a long way toward making sure that you don’t have to worry about things like high-level equipment failure and just as important – extend pump life and minimize lift station downtime.
Today, we’re going to discuss a few of the ways that remote monitoring and digital control panels can extend the life of your pump system. Let’s jump right in.
Predicting equipment failures
Well-designed pumping systems should perform effectively for years in theory. In reality, these systems take a beating and even under normal operating conditions – can place a lot of wear and tear on pumping systems.
Digital controls help use sensors and data logging in order to get out ahead of issues like Bearing wear, dead head, dry pump and impeller jams – all things that can cause premature pump failure. This way, you can identify emerging problems early and address them before they become expensive issues later on. This alone will dramatically increase the lifespan of your pump systems.
The biggest advantages
Managing stormwater and sewer pump stations is challenging under even the most normal situations. Unexpected events like fast-moving storms, heavy rain, power outages and the like are simply unpredictable.
It’s during these times that an unexpected pump failure can make it difficult to take quick action. Remote monitoring can provide you with real-time alerts on failures and can even give you real-time info on things like Best Efficiency Points (BEP’s) – which can dramatically reduce overflow.
They also safeguard from the costs associated with fines from overflow and flooded wells, cleanup and downtime. In the event a pump fails, a callout system will immediately send you an alert so your crew can diagnose the failure and take the right action to get it back online before something bad happens.
Above all else, it’s a major money saver. Not only will you save a lot of money on maintenance – but you’ll also save on some of those under the radar/hidden costs like travel because you won’t have to regularly send crews out to remote sites to check on your pumps.
It’s important to make sure that pumping systems and stations are running as efficiently as possible. Remote monitoring with integrated sensors can provide your system with the protection it needs to avoid the expenses associated with a system failure. If you’re interested in what a digital control panel can do for your pumping station, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Good luck!