Assessing Pump System Performance
Determining which pumps and their associated systems to assess is the first step in the process.First of Two PartsWhat Is a Pump Assessment?A pump assessment is a mini performance test of the pump...
High Tech Tools for Greener Pumps and Pump Systems
A green product means different things to different people. For some, a green product is alternatively powered, such as some of the recently introduced solar-powered well pumps. For others, green...
Benefits of Smart Pumps in Building HVAC Systems
The ever-growing need for energy efficiency demands intelligent pumping systems.Electrical energy demand is projected to double by 2030, putting the world in the midst of a global energy dilemma. At...
AODD Pumps Benefit from Air Distribution System
Maximize energy efficiency by identifying the pumps’ optimal flow rate and air consumption.Operating a manufacturing plant in which fluids of varying viscosities need to be transferred from one...
Apply the Correct Pump Technology
Many factors must be considered before choosing the proper pump for a specific application.Editor's Note: This is the second in a two-part series. For part one of the series, click here.Part One of...
Success Story of the Year 2011: Rockwell Automation & Insyght Systems
Rockwell Automation, Insyght Systems & the city of Hamilton grab the winThe 2011 Success Story of the Year competition has been a huge...success. Thanks so much to all the organizations that...
Pump System Energy Assessment
Improved reliability, performance and energy efficiency can result from pump system assessment.Second of Two PartsIn Part One of this series (Pumps & Systems, November 2010), a method was...
Energy-Saving Technology
Air-operated double-diaphragm pumps gain energy efficiency and reduce maintenance costs with innovative technology.Air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps are known for their positive attributes of...
Pumps & Systems, July 2008Pump and System InteractionEditor's Note: This is the second part of a series based on Optimizing Pumping Systems: A Guide to Improved Energy Efficiency, Reliability, and...
Editor's Note: This is the third part of a series based on Optimizing Pumping Systems: A Guide to Improved Energy Efficiency, Reliability, and Profitability, written by pump systems experts. This new...
Executive SummaryWhen assessing the vast chemical industry, it is usually not advisable to deal in generalities. However, as a base for the market's examination, Beth Beloof and Marianne Lines,...
Several years ago, a golf course community wanted to adorn its entrance with a waterfall. Rocks were arranged to form a wall about 12 ft high, and the water would flow over the wall and into a...
Pumps and Systems, March 2009The concept of solar and wind energy as a "green" source is not new. However, it is one thing to talk about it, and another thing to actually do something with it. The...
Changes in the world economy, the markets we serve and the pump industry are continuing at an exponential rate. To a large extent, the pump industry has reacted to change more than it has been a...
In the Solution to Pump Challenge #3, we touched on efficiency and energy savings by approximating energy costs. Can we do this more precisely?Pump Challenge #4 asks that you evaluate energy saved...
As energy costs rise and energy efficiency becomes more important in operating pumping systems, equipment suppliers, system designers and operators will maximize the efficiency of system components to...
The Challenge"Inaction is the riskiest response to the uncertainties of an economic crisis. But rash or scattershot action can be nearly as damaging."So begins "Seize Advantage in a Downturn,"...
Pump Performance Monitoring
A Comparison Between Conventional and Thermodynamic MethodsEnergy conservation is the need of the hour. Pumps are found in abundance in almost every industry and utility. Of them, the most common are...
Motors, Drives Improve High-Rise Condo Efficiency
Significant energy and money savings are realized when using variable speed motors controlled with drives.The Villa Magna, a 92-unit luxury condominium in Highland Beach, Fla., sits between the...
Power Management
Adjustable frequency drives for improved energy efficiency and 
parallel, multiphase pumpsMaximizing uptime and minimizing energy consumption (and costs) is key in pumping applications. As...
ZURICH, Switzerland (March 12, 2012) – ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $60 million to provide complete power and propulsion systems for two new cruise ships to...
A crucial triumvirate for improving the bottom lineA little more than 10 years ago, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technology issued a report titled U.S. Industrial Motor Systems...
Many pumps in power plants and other heavy industries are designed and custom engineered for specific applications. The repair and servicing of these pumps should also include careful engineering...
Pumps & Systems, October 2008Editor's Note: This is the fifth part of a series based on Optimizing Pumping Systems: A Guide to Improved Energy Efficiency, Reliability, and Profitability, written...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007Back in the old days, level control had little or nothing to do with saving energy. In fact, it was often a necessary evil. Today, that is no longer true - the VFD...
When we start the pump selection process for a particular application, one of our major concerns is efficiency. If several different models of similar quality meet our conditions, we will usually...
Pumps & Systems, January 2008Last month we looked at possible ways to optimize pumping systems. This month we'll look at some energy efficiency organizations and utilities that have taken on the...
In Pump Challenge #4, many of you discovered while using the Energy Consumption Evaluator, that the standard listing only goes to 8x6-17 pump size with motor power maxed at 250 hp, which is below...
Ever-evolving systems to reduce risk and add to the bottom lineThere is little argument that intelligent pumps have significantly improved fluid handling applications in a wide variety of industries...