by Ian James
When you hear “pumps in parallel” it means that at least two pumps are pumping into a common Discharge line.
The best reason to operate pumps in parallel is to achieve a greater flow-rate than what you might get with a single pump. This configuration can also provide greater flow flexibility than a single pump. Essentially this set-up means that two pumps are pumping into a common Discharge line.
There are also many important factors & variables when running two different sized pumps in Parallel that can be overlooked.
If so, this could easily result in difficulty controlling those pumps in parallel, or even tragic pump failures.
Does anyone out there have issues with running pumps in parallel? Let’s discuss.
Editor’s note: Ian James has a complete presentation highlighting Pumps in Parallel with graphical representations that make all these critical details clear. Click on our training page or contact us directly about this or any of the many other helpful pump presentations from ProFlow Solutions.