South Africa-based global pumps supplier Sulzer is considering innovative ways to assist its clients to save time, decrease costs and mitigate carbon emissions while complying with national environmental, health and safety regulations, says Sulzer retrofit segment manager Richard Morris.
“Over time, most industrial plant pumping systems change, which changes the pump duty requirements resulting in poor reliability and inefficient operation. “Together with this challenge, there have been changes to the regulatory health and safety requirements and standards; we see retrofitting existing equipment as the best solution to solve these challenges.”
He notes that Sulzer is currently working with customers in various industries, such as oil and gas, power, mining and bulk water transport, with the aim to transform ‘bad actors into star performers’, to improve reliability and increase mean time between repairs.
“We consider retrofits as an upgrade, or modernisation, of existing pumping equipment and systems. “This can be done through hydraulic re-rating, mechanical design updates, changing of materials of construction, addition of wear-resistant coatings, or upgrading of seals and seal systems to meet the latest standards required by the specific industry regulations.
Additional benefits to retrofitting existing pumping equipment include its cost effectiveness and shorter lead times, compared with purchasing new pumping equipment, with the added benefit of not disturbing the existing pump installation, and this makes it the perfect solution for our customers,” concludes Morris.