Repairing multistage, segmental diffuser, boiler feed pumps and maintaining the original performance can be difficult and challenging. In this case study, a comprehensive inspection and repair program...
Pumps & Systems, April 2008 Biofuel production is one of the fastest growing sectors of the energy industry. To reduce our dependence on finite energy sources such as petroleum fuels and decrease...
Pumps & Systems, January 2008 Critical Issues The first critical issue facing the industry is a shortage of people. To combat this challenge, we continue to recruit talent wherever we can find...
In China, police raid a remote warehouse basement and seize more than 300 million pirated DVDs. In India, sellers in outdoor bazaars daily offer knockoffs of Gucci handbags and Rolex watches starting...
Pumps & Systems, January 2008Click here to read part two and part three.The stiff competition for global market share is exerting downward pressure on prices at the same time as labor, capital and...
Pumps & Systems, October 2008 Explore the current condition of SCADA reports and some new technology that will improve the quality of those reports.  With the advent of SCADA for sewerage...
The total energy consumption of industrial plants is a decisive factor for a successful, economic operation. While the energy costs were once the main motivation to reduce energy consumption,...
Pumps & Systems, December 2008 A Nashville-based hunting club required the flooding of several acres of land. A shallow area approximately 1.5-ft deep needed to be flooded to help attract wild...
Pumps & Systems, January 2008 Critical Issues Facing Businesses That Cater to Municipal Needs Municipal revenue and budgets have fluctuated over the past year due to changes in the housing...
Pumps & Systems, February 2009 The operating costs of pumps, in relation to the service life, are considerably higher than the initial investment. Realizing savings on existing pumps means...
Q. We are operating a centrifugal pump, and a recent change in the system has resulted in a deficiency of about 5 to 10 percent in the rate of flow. Can anything be done to the pump to increase the...
Q.  When a centrifugal pump impeller is reduced in diameter to reduce total head and rate of flow, the affinity rules predict that the new rate of flow is equal to the original rate of flow times...
Q. We are expanding some of our buildings and need to replace the existing fire pumps. What are the technical requirements for such pumps?A. Pumps currently used for fire protection in buildings are...
Q. We need to increase flow through our system and plan on adding a second pump in parallel to the existing pump. Are there any pitfalls in doing this and how can they be avoided?A. Operating...
Pumps & Systems, February 2008 With pumps part of just about every manufacturing operation, proper functioning of entire facilities often relies on a single pump.  Half of a plant's...
Pumps & Systems, November 2008 A successful infrared program involves planning and action. This article outlines steps that will help you implement a thermography program.  Getting Started ...
Pumps & Systems, March 2007 Vibration monitoring of rotating equipment and analysis of the resulting data are effective ways to evaluate the health of production machinery in order to achieve...
Your pump company is embarking on new marketing campaigns to boost sales in India, China, Russia or other newly booming marketplaces.In addition, your manufacturing and purchasing teams are looking...
Pumps & Systems, January 2008 Critical Issues Our current expectation is for global growth in emerging markets to continue, driven by the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) as well...
The number of compressor and pump package orders in the energy sector has increased greatly over previous years' level due to increased activity in the oil & gas production, transmission and...
Pumps & Systems, January 2008 Critical Issues The three critical issues facing our industry over the next 12-18 months are the increased competition from globalization, cost inflation for raw...
Pumps & Systems, September 2008 Mercator Mineral Ltd. officials needed to expand and streamline a freshwater supply system for an expansion of Mineral Park Mine, its wholly owned open-pit copper...
Pumps & Systems, April 2008 As oil prices and gasoline usage have increased, the demands on U.S. oil and gas wells have grown dramatically. In the past, there was a low cost supply from the...
Pumps & Systems, October 2007 Growing infrastructures are creating more complex problems for municipalities than ever before, forcing them to search for a diverse range of system solutions to...
Last month we explored the effect of the system curve on the output of two identical centrifugal pumps operating in parallel. This month we will review several other factors that can also impact their...
Drug development today is largely focused on biopharmaceuticals rather than chemicals, so the resultant drugs tend to be injectable liquids instead of solids. New drugs are typically designed for...
Pumps & Systems, October 2008 Here is one possible solution to maintaining the correct amount of chlorine for effective drinking water disinfection in a large municipal drinking water system. ...
Here is one possible solution to maintaining the correct amount of chlorine for effective drinking water disinfection in a large municipal drinking water system. Maintaining the correct amount of...
Pumps are sent to rebuilding and remanufacturing companies because buying new can be expensive and require long lead times. For instance, a 39 in diameter, 1,000 lb bronze impeller may cost $28,000...
Pumps & Systems, March 2007 Many plants now turn to precast polymer concrete pump foundations to reduce pump installation costs and improve reliability. Here's why. Precast polymer concrete pump...