If there’s one thing a plant maintenance manager can’t tolerate, it’s downtime.
Production stoppages mean lost revenue. To avoid downtime, plant personnel must keep the plant’s systems and machinery running smoothly and handle all planned maintenance, upgrades and emergency repairs as quickly as possible.
Fortunately, one of the common pieces of equipment in plants—Air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps—is designed to make maintenance simple and cost-effective. Still, an experienced plant maintenance manager will look for ways to optimize AODD pump performance to keep downtime to a minimum and maximize efficiency.
Before steps to increase reliability can be taken, it’s best to know the basic components of an AODD pump: