The Function of the Volute
Misunderstood pump element serves to minimize mixing lossIt is a common misconception in the U.S. pump industry that the function of the volute is that of a diffuser: to convert velocity into...
Thermal Stress Affects Pipe Forces on Pumps
Temperature changes can push pipe force beyond safe limitsTo view all of the articles in the Thermal Stress Affects Pipe Forces on Pump series, click here.Two major headaches for pump plant...
Off-BEP Energy Cost
Keeping a close eye on pump efficiency can lead to energy savings.Last month, I discussed the Draw Down calculator and its role in determining the actual operating point of wastewater pumps. Like...
The History of Pumps: The Pump Supply Chain
Read more about The History of Pumps here. The distribution and sales of industrial pumps has experienced great changes throughout the past decades. In the 1960s and 1970s, it was common for...
The History of Pumps: How Seals Have Changed the Pump Industry
Read more about The History of Pumps here.  1954 API Standard 610 1st Edition is released (with section on mechanical seals).1957 DuPont commercializes the first fluoroelastomer (Viton...
How Motors Have Changed the Pump Industry
Read more about The History of Pumps here. Electric motors have had a huge impact on the pump industry. While it is not certain how centrifugal pumps were powered in the early days, it is...
The History of Pumps: Through the Years
Read more about The History of Pumps here. Editor's Note: This is the second of five parts of our feature, The History of Pumps. This timeline was developed through research, credible sources and...
HI Pump FAQS January 2012
Answers to the industry's pressing technical and management questionsQ.  When purchasing new rotodynamic pumps, what type of acceptance testing is recommended?A.  Purchasers of rotodynamic...
Wall Street Pump and Valve Industry Watch, January 2012
Industry struggles to regain footing after recessionThe Jordan, Knauff & Company (JKC) Valve Stock Index was down 6.4 percent during the first 11 months of 2011, below the...
Environmentally-Friendly HVAC Solution
Improved motor starters help Fabri-Kal achieve its green vision.Fabri-Kal's 400,000-square-foot plant in Kalamazoo, Mich., was formerly a vacant brownfield site that was transformed during the last...
Wastewater Infrastructure in Prefurbia
Design and construction of sewer systems can include environmentally-safe innovations.Most homeowners would choose to live within neighborhoods that provide unique streetscapes, people-oriented...
Pump Curve Accuracy
Exploring the digitization methods of pump power and efficiency curvesSecond of Two PartsMore than 150 pump manufacturers present their pump performance data via electronic means. These digital pump...
Why Do I Need to Complete an Application Questionnaire?
This month's "Sealing Sense" was prepared by FSA member Larry Sheffield.Every day, gasket manufacturers are asked to make recommendations to distributors and end users for sealing applications. The...
Eccentric Disc Pump Technology Used in Food Processing
Leak-free operation optimizes waste-reduced food production capabilities.Mankind reached its latest population milestone on October 31, 2011, when the United Nations Population Fund estimated that a...
Safe Equipment
Proper safety precautions for selecting, installing and maintaining seal systemsWhen it comes to operating mechanical seal systems in pumps, safety is a prime concern. The potential hazards associated...
Power Quality Basics
The fundamentals of how power quality issues affect the plant, how to detect them and how to make them go away If the quality of the electricity that a plant consumes is not what it should be, it...
Cutting-Edge Treatment
Cobb County, Ga., adds automation to improve wastewater treatment operations.Cobb is one of metropolitan Atlanta's most populated counties. Nearly one million people call it home. Millions more work,...
 Submersible pump industry survey provides a unique forecastSince 1997, the Submersible Wastewater Pump Association (SWPA) has conducted an annual Industry Outlook Survey as a major component of...
The History of Pumps: 4,000 Years of Vision, Design and Innovation
Read more about The History of Pumps here. Design, vision, technology and a focus on efficiency have shaped the evolution of the pump industry. The pump is one of civilization's earliest...