The purpose of an Asset Management Plan is to provide owners and operators with a report of their facilities operational, financial, engineering, and economic resources. The plan ensures that the assets are operated and maintained in a cost-effective manner. With this plan, technicians, operators, contractors, and financial decision makers can keep track of their equipment inventory and condition, useful life of pumps, and general operational and maintenance needs.
By benchmarking pumps after they are tested and rating each pump system or pump station on its mechanical, electrical, and control system this plan will help ensure that systems are operated and maintained properly. If a pump or a number of pumps are operating outside of their benchmarks, the plan will prioritize improvements based on each pump’s energy cost savings.
The Asset Management Plan provides:
With this plan, owners and operators are able to prioritize improvement work and allocate resources in planning and maintaining their pump system’s assets.
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In order to properly keep track of a pump system’s assets, there needs to be a minimum amount of general information concerning the use and the location of the pump. There should also be additional pump information on its electrical controls and operational and maintenance information. This database includes an integrated pump tracking system developed to help customers keep track of their pumps’ details such as improvements performed, energy savings
The OPE software will also track the status of local utility rebate applications and allow for quick feedback and progress updates.
To properly determine risks of pump failure and prioritize improvements and needed repairs, Lincus recommends that an Asset Condition Assessment be performed on each pump or pump system by observing its overall operation, individual components (i.e. motor, valve, piping, instrumentation), signs of physical damage, excessive vibration, frequent start/stop history, and age.
Once these factors are considered, Lincus’ pump condition evaluator will assign the remaining useful life and condition rating based on a rating table for each pump to assist customers with their repair or replacement decisions.
|Rating||Condition Description||Physical Rating||Oil Analysis*||Vibration Rating*||OPE Rating|
|Excellent||Operates at near perfect standards and requires only routine maintenance. No evidence of damage, cavitation or signs of extreme temperatures. The pump operates as designed with no functional, safety, or regulatory deficiencies.||Excellent||Oil looks clean and at proper levels||Vibration levels are minimal||Near Design Efficiency.|
|Good||May require minor adjustments and minimum maintenance. Minor adjustments may be needed to maintain excellent efficiency. Overall function is as designed with no significant changes.||Good||Oil looks clean and at proper levels||Vibration levels are moderate. Corrective action will likely improve vibration levels or there is a known condition that needs monitoring.||Slight decrease in efficiency.|
|Fair||Requires significant maintenance. This may possibly include partial refurbishment or replacement of equipment||Fair||Oil beginning to show signs of use. It is still clean enough for operation but may schedule a change soon.||Vibration Levels are high. Extended operation without corrective action may result in failure.||Moderate decrease in efficiency.|
|Poor||Operational but requires major maintenace to avoid a failure. Without immediate attention, this equipment may decline to a level of inoperable. Replacement is highly likely in order to restore equipment to efficent.||Poor||Oil looks dirty and used. Change immediately||Vibration levels are severe, failure may be imminent with no corrective action. Further operations without repair are not recommended.||Significant decrease in efficiency.|
*These are initial guidelines based on physical inspection on site. However your equipment manufacturer or service provider may have additional requirements that each pump or system must follow.
The Asset Management Report will contain an overview of your account with flexible display options. A summary of your project’s status can be viewed, showing the number of projects that are: 1) submitted for incentives, 2) approved for incentives, 3) are in the installation phase, and 4)have been installed and received rebates. This chart shows one of many examples that can be displayed on the report’s summary page.
A summary of savings opportunities can also be reviewed via this report, coming from both pump upgrades and the installation of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD). With this chart, you can quickly determine the potential VFD upgrades that can be made on your pump systems. The example provided shows the number of standard pumps versus pumps with a VFD upgrade.
A summary of the performance of each pump can also be displayed in this report. A breakdown of Kilowatt Hours per Million Gallons pumped per pump is a good way to identify which pumps are producing the most with relationship to energy consumed. This is further broken down to the number of Dollars per Million Gallons produced. This can be crucial in recognizing what pumps need more attention. The chart s below provides an example of the useful information that can be provided on the Summary page.