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Why You Should Be Using a Power Monitor with a Mag Drive Pump

Why You Should Be Using a Power Monitor with a Mag Drive Pump

Pairing a power monitor with a hazardous chemical pump can further reduce the risk of containment failure

Article written by FCX Performance, Inc. Image provided by Finish Thompson.

When Should You Consider a Mag Drive Pump?

Mag Drive pumps are a safe pump option when pumping hazardous fluid is a consideration because they eliminate the need for shaft seals and, thus, the environmental concerns that accompany potential seal leaks. The seal-less design is created from magnets separated by a containment shell. With the reduced number of moving parts, there is less risk for failure. To increase their security even more, there are accessories, like power monitors, that can be added for additional protection. 

Why You Should Consider Using a Power Monitor With a Mag Drive

Power monitors enhance pump performance by alerting users to issues like dry-running, jammed impellers, high/low flow, and severe cavitation. They monitor fluid changes and trigger signals for deviations, ensuring prompt notifications when operating parameters are exceeded. Conveniently connected via Bluetooth or other platforms, these monitors provide remote access, enhancing user safety and maintenance efficiency. 


Image shows results of mag drive pump failure when not protected by a power monitor. 

Image shows results of mag drive pump failure when not protected by a power monitor. 

Benefits of Pairing a Power Monitor with a Mag Drive Pump 

For mag drive pumps handling hazardous fluids, power monitors can detect and correct upset conditions swiftly, helping prevent catastrophic damage or failure. Monitoring input power linear to the load controls, these devices ensure safe pump operation. Pairing power monitors with mag drive pumps enhances safety, helps prevent costly pump repairs or failures, optimizes production, and establishes proactive maintenance processes. 

Advantages of combining a power monitor with a mag drive pump include: 
  • Early detection of upset conditions
  • Allows for immediate response to be taken
  • Monitoring load controls for safe operations
  • Help prevent costly pump failures
  • Optimize production process
  • establish preventative maintenance strategies

Can You Justify The Cost of a Power Monitor?

The upfront cost of a pump is typically around 10% of its overall lifetime cost of ownership. Maintenance plays a significant role as well, sitting around 30-40% of the total cost of the pump.  At approximately $850, power monitors can help safeguard your pump against expensive issues that can occur. Considering their minimal cost compared to the pump's total lifetime cost, power monitors are a wise investment.

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Implementing products that protect your workers and your work environment should be important to anyone. If you want to discuss your power monitor options or evaluate the safety of your facilities, reach out to our pump experts to get the help you’re looking for.


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