New pump monitoring unit
KSB Aktiengesellschaft, Frankenthal, Germany, will launch a new, competitively priced pump monitoring unit early in May 2010. The product named PumpMeter comprises pressure sensors as well as an analysing and display unit attached to the pump. It measures suction pressure, discharge pressure, differential pressure and head.
The measured and calculated values are shown in alternation on the user-friendly display. A typical pump curve graph illustrates in which range the pump is currently operating. So the pump user will see at a single glance if the pump provides efficient and cost-saving operation or if its availability is jeopardised.
In addition, PumpMeter continuously analyses the pump operating data, establishes a load profile and makes the operator aware of energy saving potential that could be leveraged by using a variable speed system. PumpMeter comes factory-mounted to the pump as standard, thus making commissioning straightforward.
The new monitoring unit also simplifies commissioning of both the pump and the retrofitted variable speed system since the pump’s operating parameters are continuously displayed.
PumpMeter replaces the pressure gauges upstream and downstream of the pump, the pressure transmitter normally required for the control functions, as well as any additional monitoring equipment. Via standardised interfaces the data collected can also be made available to a central process control system.