If you have a piece of machinery like diaphragm pumps, it is very important to inspect or test them from time to time. This is true for both old as well as new pumps. The testing process can be done for each part or a simple overall check. You should ensure that all the parts are correctly fitted in place. You should also keep an eye on broken and worn out parts and replace them in time. This will ensure that your equipment remains in good working condition and the longevity also increases. In this process you will also save money on the maintenance as you will come to know of any abnormalities well in time and you will be able to take corrective actions preventing further damage and hence costs.
How to inspect the pump
However, physical inspection is not sufficient to ensure the proper working status of a diaphragm pump. This is because some faults and factors can only be ascertained when the machine is running and operating. Hence it is necessary for you to learn to read the curve of a diaphragm pump. This will enable you to gather all the information necessary to ascertain the condition of the pump. Start your pump to observe its performance and record all the relevant information. You can conduct these tests while the pump is still in store or factory and for use in a specific field. The data that you will gather will be used to rate different aspects like Performance, Required head input power capacity etc.
Complex factors testing
You can also observe the more complex aspects of Diaphragm Pumps based on which area it needs to specialise. The example of the inspection of such complex factors is an engineer looking at the hydraulic horsepower or break horsepower. The data that is gathered from such complex observations is also useful in determining the best design suitable for different parts of the diaphragm pump like the head. Some such complex aspects that should be looked into while testing these pumps include power factors, motor and total efficiency, and brake horsepower. Such complex inspections should be done by a mechanical engineer who will be able to ascertain the proper condition of the pumps. These tests are usually done in the factory itself and can also be done when you have used the pump for some time by calling an engineer to perform the inspection.However, it is not important to pay undue attention to these complex aspects if you are simply testing the performance levels of the diaphragm pump. This is because these factors are not important or even considered while reading or interpreting the curve of the diaphragm pump. A simple user can benefit by sticking to the basic aspects like capacity, head and power efficiency. These tests are sufficient on a regular basis unless your pump is showing signs of abnormality. If you wish you can learn about the more complex aspects by performing some research on the internet. However, ensure that you don’t just end up getting confused.