Pumps are the lifelines of any process industry. When pumps fail, processes stop. A power plant runs smoothly when pumps such as boiler feed, condensate, cooling water are healthy. Power plants must operate at optimum levels to be profitable. Operating costs for pumps fall in two categories that are related — operational and maintenance. Bad operation leads to high maintenance, and inadequate maintenance leads to inappropriate operation! In spite of having the same objective of keeping the plant operating at optimum levels, the approach of the two groups towards this objective may differ significantly leading to inefficiencies. What can be done to alleviate this problem and achieve the goal of the plant? This paper provides a simple yet lucid explanation of the pump operation and issues that must be addressed to achieve optimum operation and realize savings.

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