Booster Pump Running in Error

Many action teams launched from the Manufacturing Game workshops will tackle the “low hanging fruit” first.

Here is a perfect example:

A team member responsible for training at a chemical company questioned why one of their booster pumps was always running. Their building has a booster pump on one of the cooling water systems that is supposed to cut in when the pressure drops below a certain point. At some time, the pump had been put on manual and left running. This had gone on for so long it became the normal practice. Investigation into the system requirements showed that continuous running was not required, so it was shut down. This saved $10,000/year in energy costs as well as reducing the amount of maintenance that would have to be performed on the pump.