With many CAPEX budgets renewed at the start of January, since returning from the Christmas break Castle Pumps have seen a surge in enquiries from manufacturing clients looking to replace their old, existing pumps with new, more efficient models.
Last week Castle Pumps dispatched a new Debem Boxer 50 AODD pump to one of the largest frozen food manufacturer brands in the UK, who were looking to replace their existing pump. Their existing pump, which was being used for transferring the various alkaline-based detergents for cleaning down their equipment, was still in working order but had been installed for several years.
As the pump was so vital in ensuring the food processing plant’s strictest hygiene standards are met, the engineer wanted to replace the pump before it reaches the end of its lifespan to prevent any unexpected downtime further down the line.
Should you be investing now, to save in the long run?
Just like a car, the older a pump gets, the more you start having to spend on maintenance, repairs and the less efficient it becomes to operate resulting in increased energy costs. What is important for any process engineer to understand, is when it’s time to invest in the outlay of a new pump to save in the long term. So, what should you look out for?
- Is maintenance becoming more regular? Are sparts parts needing replacing more often that previously? Are out of the ordinary repairs starting to be needed i.e. those that aren’t typical wearing parts?
- Is your pump less energy efficient than it once was? Is the pump costing you more to run in power for the same output?
If you’re putting off replacing an old pump to avoid the expenditure, it is important to consider the maintenance and energy costs associated with keeping it going. Comparing this to the initial outlay of a new pump may surprise you.
For more information on how investing in a new pump could actually save you money, contact Castle Pumps Ltd.