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...
Tips for handling third-party safety certification challengesManufacturers face many challenges in the current economic environment, so they must remain vigilant for opportunities to improve the...
Graphite and Nanocrystalline Diamond Surfaced Bearings
Low friction surface technology aids magnetic and hydrodynamic bearing reliability and failure resistance.Magnetic bearings have the advantage of non-contacting, super-low friction performance. With...
Guide Bearings Misdiagnosis
Guide bearings are often blamed for unrelated pump problems.Frequently, guide bearings are incorrectly blamed for a problem that has nothing to do with the bearings. Unless the bearings have a...
Intelligent Pump Cleaning Cuts Maintenance Time
The installation of an AC drive with an advanced software tool has dramatically cut call-outs for blockages at an Irish county council pumping station. Pump control software has been installed to...
Reducing the causes of friction and choosing the proper pump will increase efficiency and cost-savings.Imagine a major-league pitcher standing on the mound. He looks for the signal, nods in agreement,...
Green Motors Save GreenbacksPrepare for the new motor manufacturing changes with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.The U.S. has not enacted a wide-reaching, industrial energy efficiency...
Reverse Engineering--an Alternative to Traditional Pump Repair
With reverse engineering, a pump service facility increased the performance of a service water pump in a nuclear power plant.When an East Coast nuclear plant wanted to increase the performance of its...
Sealing System Adds Reliability and Environmental Safety for Harsh Fluids
An innovative sealing solution improves safety and increases pipeline flexibility and product delivery.In 2007, a new fractionation plant was added to a pipeline originally built in 1980 for a major...
The Benefits of Pump Restoration and Coating
Part one of a two part seriesLast April, I received an email from Paul Maier of the Monroe County Water Authority (MCWA) in Rochester, N.Y. Paul attached a copy of his 2009 WEFTEC presentation and...
Unlocking Hidden Value: Synergies in Pump Services
Mergers and acquisitions can help drive a company's success in the services market.The market for pump services is in a state of flux. Although it is highly fragmented, it enjoys relatively high...
Vibration Analysis Simplified
Last year in “Trending Revelations in Vibration Analysis,” (Pumps & Systems, June 2009), I discussed the importance of statistic trending in vibrations analysis. Usually, as most would expect,...
What is the impact of reliability on the sealing system energy footprint from pump shut down, repair and re-commisioning?
Last of Four PartsThis is the last of a four-part “Sealing Sense” series that has provided guidance on the best practices to minimize the size of the sealing system energy footprint. The first...
Why Rent Large Equipment and Accessories?
When the need for acquiring large equipment and accessories arises, renting could be the right choice.With the recent influx of money to replace aging sewer systems across the nation as well as heavy...
Hydraulic Institute Pump FAQs November 2010
Q. When selecting a motor for a vertical turbine pump, we need to know the down thrust from the pump so that the capability of the motor thrust bearing can be checked. How can the pump down thrust be...