I (Jim) discussed this long ago.
I'll give a representative example of the problem as I see it.
Pump bases are designed to mount a discrete pump and a discrete motor in situ. Why do we do it this way? Because we always have.
Perhaps a better way would be to have a top base upon which, in the maintenance shop, one could pre-mount and pre-align the motor. In fact, this could get a bit fancy. One could build a station in which to do this activity, a station with power (so you can check the motor rotation before you button up the coupling) and also with alignment features rivaling the alignment bay at your local auto repair shop.
Then, as a unit, this fully assembled top base could be taken to the site of the pump being replaced. The old one comes off, the refurbished one goes on, all in less than a half hour.
This will save time, perhaps machine time, and definitely result in better alignment.
This is something that can be calculated for ROI.
What else could be done this way?
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