May 01, 2008

ITT Releases Suite of Pump Optimization Services

ProActivity offers a three-phased approach to reducing total cost of pump ownership

ITT recently released ProActivity, a suite of pump-optimization services that can save millions of dollars in operation and maintenance costs.

ProActivity provides a three-phased approach to reduce the total cost of pump ownership. It brings together multiple ITT resources that were previously offered as separate services into one solution-driven organization providing a single point of customer contact.

ProActivity was created because maintenance and energy make up the majority of pump operating costs. In fact, the purchase price is only 10% of the cost of ownership. “We are helping our customers address the 90% of pump operating costs that occur after purchase,” said Darren Moscato, director of ITT Reliability, Energy, and Maintenance Solutions. “When customers use ProActivity, energy and maintenance issues are addressed efficiently with proven, positive results in pump reliability and operating costs.”

Phase One of ProActivity is a system-level survey. The review takes one or two days and includes a plant walk-through, data gathering and interviews with key personnel. Its findings determine whether Phase Two support will generate a significant return on investment.

In Phase Two, a team of ProActivity consultants conduct an in-depth assessment and analysis that takes up to three months. They use proprietary software to provide a comprehensive picture of the operation’s pump performance. The data collected includes maintenance records, energy usage, pump curves, inventory effectiveness, condition monitoring processes, skills needs analysis and repair procedures. Customers can use the assessment to make recommended changes on their own or receive additional implementation support from ITT.

In Phase Three, an embedded specialist joins the organization’s team as an onsite pump reliability specialist, providing ongoing consultation, technical assistance, and execution support. The embedded specialist also provides a direct link to the extended team of ITT experts and resources – including energy performance services, machine health monitoring, training, remanufacture and repair, inventory management and engineering and design solutions.

Customers that have benefited from ITT resources include:
• An oil refinery used ITT remanufacture and repair services to upgrade power ends and seal chambers in ten different API pumps. The improvements reduced maintenance costs by 75% and lowered emissions by 95%, saving the refinery more than $2 million over three years.
• A paper company employed ITT’s inventory management expertise to increase parts transfers across five mills, reduce overall inventory and save more than $500,000.
• A paper mill used an energy performance audit to install variable frequency drives on five inefficient pumps, generating $102,000 in annual savings.
• A chemical and gas company hired the ITT solutions group to customize a Goulds 3196 pump to function as a turbine generating power from previously wasted process heat and saved $24,000 per year in energy costs.

“ProActivity helps ITT customers to extend equipment life, reduce operating costs, increase up-time and improve overall process efficiency,” Moscato said. “The ProActivity team identifies and implements top-line improvements that provide sustained bottom-line results.”