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Maximizing Pump Performance

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Pumps are the heartbeat of every irrigation system, so it’s important to make sure they’re operating with maximum efficiency.

Well-maintained pumps last longer and will operate more efficiently throughout the growing season and for years to come. We recommend that you check your owner’s manual for detailed maintenance procedures, including:

  • Lubricating electric motor bearings with a hand-operated grease gun.
     
  • Starting up the motor and letting it run until grease is expelled.
     
  • Installing at lease one check valve in the discharge pipe to prevent pump backspin and
    hydraulic shock, which can severely damage the pump and motor.
     
  • Checking all alarm point settings and control and alarm systems.

 

For quick and easy remote access to your pumps and key system sensors throughout the season, we suggest integrating FieldNET for pumps into your irrigation system.

From a laptop, tablet or smartphone, FieldNET gives you the ability to:

  • Measure and monitor critical usage and performance information for continuous improvement.
  • Receive real-time alerts about system operation and notifications about any disparities in
  • Automatically adjust pump station pressure set points to best match demand from the pivots they are irrigating.
  • Group pivots with pump stations for powerful information sharing. With Dynamic Demand Control (DDC), pumps are operated at the most energy efficient set point and then automatically sequence to effectively meet demand.

 

With three different service levels available, you can choose the option that best meets your needs. Whether you have a single pump set up or a fully automated pump station, FieldNET provides you with the customization and remote access needed to enhance pumping efficiencies – saving labor, water and energy use.