So last month we discussed how remote monitoring extends the life of your pumping station and while we felt like we made a good enough case, we did leave out a few additional benefits that we thought would be beneficial for you to learn about – particularly those of you who manage large-scale, complex sewage systems. There’s not a lot – only two, actually; but we felt they were important enough that they warranted an additional blog
Remote monitoring is a great way to extend the life of your pumps and make sure that you don’t have to worry about things like high-level equipment failure. Here are a few additional ways that our digital control panels and remote monitoring can make your life easier. Let’s jump right in.
The one good thing about auxiliary pumping systems is that even without remote monitoring, they’ll give you some sort of indicator that they’re damaged. Every machine has its own vibration characteristics and when something goes bad, those characteristics begin to change.
The problem is – many of these changes aren’t noticeable to the human eye or ear. Usually there’s a vibration sensor installed on the pump itself and when there’s an imbalance – it tries to provide an early warning as to any issues that might be occurring.
So if there’s already a function in place, why do you need remote monitoring? Because digital control panels and remote monitoring serves as preemptive data loggers and can record all sensor data. This is all data that anyone can access at any time. They’ll capture these vibrations at set intervals and can be viewed in real time and analyzed for trends. Some of those trends can start dropping hints that you might have an emerging problem. And that allows you to get way out ahead of any potential problems.
Every pump has some sort of pressure associated with it. The more flow in a pump, the less pressure on the discharge. Vice versa – if there’s low flow, you’ll see higher pressure n the discharge. Pressure sensors help identify key problems that prevent the pump from striking the necessary balance it needs in order to run properly.
When a pump is out of balance or its BEP, motor temperature rises and things like bearings, seals and impellers all take on more stress and it reduces the lifespan of the pump itself. This leads to premature failure and a whole other host of issues.
Remote monitors interface with these pressure sensors. Just like with vibrations it’ll monitor data over an extended period of time allowing you to run reports and analyze accurate data. In addition, the sensors for these devices are placed at the bottom of lift station storage tanks and can identify other issues like blockages and flooding so that operators can account for any issues by running other pumps when something goes around. The remote monitors allow you to not only identify the problems early, but precisely and accurately diagnose and issue AND be able to roll dodge and come up with makeshift solutions until you’re able to address the problem directly.
Keeping pumping stations running as precisely and efficiently as possible is vital. Remote monitoring systems with integrated sensors can go a long ways towards ensuring that those issues are addressed early and accurately. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then, good luck!