Pump repair costs keep adding up
Operators had been using a float with a mechanical switch to measure the level of the wastewater and control a pump to move the wastewater at this facility. Because of the oils, fats, and dirt in the wastewater, the float would get stuck and cause level measurement errors. The errors resulted in the pump continuing to run even after the water level dropped. The pump would run dry and eventually break. This was happening at least every other month and sometimes up to twice in a single month.
The expensive repairs were adding up, costing the facility thousands of dollars every month either repairing or replacing the pump. Plus, maintenance was continuously working on the same problem, and as a result, other projects were falling behind. The vegetable oil plant needed a cost-effective measurement solution they could install and set up once, so they could get back to the task at hand – making vegetable oil.