When a pump in an industrial or manufacturing facility is performing poorly an effective step to remedying the situation is to use fact-based engineering discipline to provide sound solution recommendations aimed at owner success. At Gausman & Moore one of our primary mechanical engineers, Andy Zurn, PE, is well-versed at addressing pump performance and reliability in industrial settings.


Being on-site is ideal, Zurn said, because every situation has its own unique components and it gives him an opportunity to observe the pump in action. It also allows him to communicate directly with operations and maintenance staff, since they work with the pump on a regular basis and can provide relevant background information. There are many different types of pumps found in industrial facilities, including centrifugal pumps and progressive cavity pumps.

Along with interviewing facility personnel, Zurn reviews the pump’s flow, temperature and pressure data on the suction and discharge side of the pump. He studies the pipe and instrument diagrams (P&IDs) to gain a more advanced comprehension of the system in place. Reviewing the pump curves is important to determine if the pump is properly sized to fit with its intended application. Another key component is determining the pump’s ideal speed. This could be fixed or variable speed electric pump drive. Assessing the plant’s pumping network is important to determine if the network requires process modifications.

“An engineer must understand what the existing pump was designed to do and what the plant is expecting it to do,” said Zurn, who has 30+ years of industrial engineering experience.


Once the pump evaluation process is complete it’s time to research different models and pump styles that might be a better fit for the situation. A cost analysis and proposed budget is presented to the owners and key stakeholders so they can make the best and most cost-effective decision.


Armed with fact-based information, the owners can move forward with selecting the right pump for their plant and ensure proper installation.


“Our goal is to provide the client with a pump that best fits the intended process,” said Zurn. “We strive to achieve that by visiting the site, meeting with key stakeholders, extensively reviewing the pumps and process network, and then providing effective solutions for our clients.”


For additional information about Gausman & Moore’s industrial sector expertise, please contact Andy Zurn at 651-604-3105 or via email at azurn@gausman.com.

Andy Zurn