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Vibration Sensing or Current Sensing for Pump Monitoring?

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July 14, 2017

Often, preventive maintenance is not at the top of the to do list. For many companies, other tasks take precedence over preventative maintenance and before you know it, it is time to replace components within a system. However, for most wastewater plants, preventative maintenance is at the top of the to do list and OSI has been there to help every step of the way.

Well pumps are critical for processing wastewater. If you lose one of your pumps, it may decrease your ability to keep your process at an optimum operating level. Some wastewater plants use vibration sensors to monitor moving parts on the pump, others use current sensors to determine how efficient the pump motors are running. Dexterous companies do both.

Using a vibration sensor, by the time the sensor picks up the vibration, you are already in a reactive mode. Using a current sensor, you can determine problems earlier by detecting high amounts of current. If the current is at an unusually high level, the motor is working too hard and maintenance needs to be performed before the pump is damaged.

There are many options to consider if maintenance is delayed. You can redirect the load to other pumps, shut the pump off, or monitor the pumps process until a later date. Nonetheless, money and time have been saved with your efforts of preventative maintenance.


View current sensing options such as the ACT or the ACTR: excellent for similar applications!


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