Most Important Pump Installation & Start-Up Checklist

Pump installation with proper methodology is an important activity. Improper pump installation could lead to vibration issues during pump operation. In this article, we will explore the pump installation best practices and pump installation checklists to reduce vibration problems.
Most of such points are normally mentioned in detail in the pump operating manual provided by the pump manufacturer. Those points in the shorter form are listed in the pump installation checklists so that nothing is missed during actual installation time.

Here are the
Pump Installation & Start-Up Checklist

  • Read and understand the instruction manual.
  • Use a proper foundation.The foundation should be rigid, level and clean of debris.
  • Install the base on the foundation.
  • Install the pump and the driver on the base plate.
  • Add the proper oil to the proper level in the bearing housings (pump, gear reducers, etc.)
  • Check initial alignment.
  • Ground the base to the foundation.
  • Install piping. Read piping guidelines below.
  • Complete a second alignment check, and readjust piping as needed.
  • With the coupling element removed, complete a rotational check of the driver.
  • Verify correct pump settings.
  • Install ancillary equipment.
  • Install coupling and/or insert.
  • Complete the pre-startup check procedure; fill and vent the pump and system, and check the system valve and component "lineup".
  • Recheck alignment to ensure that fluid weight in the piping didn't cause a change in the alignment. 
  • Start the unit.
  • Check for proper indicators such as pressures, flows, temperature, vibration and noise.
  • Recheck alignment. Perform "hot alignment" if fluid is above 200°F.
  • Overall, the pump installation should consider safety as the topmost priority.

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