live training event chicago skyline
Noted columnists Jim Elsey and William Livoti will be two of the speakers for the day of courses.

Birmingham, Ala.—Pumps & Systems magazine will host its first live training event this April in Chicago, providing the basics training that readers and industry experts say is in high demand.

The one-day seminar will take place April 23 at the Chicago O’Hare Marriott. Two of the courses will be taught by noted Pumps & Systems columnists Jim Elsey and William Livoti and will cover topics such as understanding net positive suction head (NPSH), how to read a pump curve and AC motor troubleshooting. The final course will be taught by Herb Tackett Jr. of the Hydro Training Center.

Certificates of completion will be available for each registrant for each course completed. 

An optional VIP behind-the-scenes tour of a Chicago wastewater treatment plant is scheduled for April 24 at an additional transportation cost.

Registration for the one-day seminar is $899 before March 1. This includes a welcome cocktail reception with light appetizers April 23 the night before the courses, in addition to a continental breakfast, lunch and all-day snacks on April 24. After March 1, registration will be $999.

Registrants can add on the VIP tour for an additional $50.

These courses are designed for engineers, operations and maintenance end-users, distributor representatives and newcomers to the pumps industry in all process industries—water/wastewater, food & beverage, oil & gas, chemical, power gen, and more.

Here is more information about the trainers:

Jim Elsey is a mechanical engineer with five decades of design and operating experience, primarily focused on rotating equipment reliability in most all industrial applications and markets around the world. Elsey is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Metals, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers and the Naval Submarine League. He is the general manager for Summit Pump Inc. and the principal of MaDDog Pump Consultants LLC.

William Livoti is retired after more than 40 years in the industry. Livoti is a member of the Pumps & Systems Editorial Advisory Board and has been a regular contributor to the Hydraulic Institute’s standards and guidebooks. He is a frequent trainer in the pump industry.

Herb Tackett Jr., a reciprocating pump engineer at Hydro, has more than 50 years of experience. He has extensive education in mechanical engineering and holds several patents with more pending. Tackett joined the Hydro Engineering Services team as reciprocating pump engineer.

Below is a summary of the courses provided:

Understanding Pump Curves 1—Jim Elsey, Pumps & Systems Columnist

In this class attendees will learn about the most common reasons why pumps fail and the basics of pump applications, selection and operations. The basics of fluid dynamics and pump rotor dynamics will be included. How to read and understand a pump curve will also be reviewed, so users can understand why a pump operates where it does on the curve. Finally, attendees will review why most pump issues occur on the suction side and “How to be a Pump Detective” to discover the root cause of any issue—is it a pump problem, a system problem or an operations problem?

Understanding Pump Curves 2—Jim Elsey, Pumps & Systems Columnist

Continuing from lesson 1, the group will explore net positive suction head (NPSH) and why it is a misunderstood factor, as well has how to avoid common mistakes with NPSH. Attendees will learn what cavitation really is and how to avoid it, diving into 5 issues that are often confused with cavitation. Finally, why the purchase price of a pump is the lowest portion of a pump’s total cost will be covered.

AC Motor Troubleshooting 1—William Livoti, Pumps & Systems Columnist

A large portion of industrial pumping systems are driven by alternating current (AC) induction motors. With the industry focus on energy efficiency, as well as reliability, it makes sense to enhance one’s understanding of the individual system components—in this case the AC induction motor. The class will look at how grease or oil dripping from the bearing housing occurs, and also why high vibration occurs. There are several reasons these anomalies, and participants will discuss methodologies for identifying the root cause of said anomalies as well as other motor-related issues.

AC Motor Troubleshooting 2—William Livoti, Pumps & Systems Columnist

Continuing from lesson 1, the class will cover the root cause of the anomalies that sometimes occur with AC induction motors. We will also discuss whether companies have an established troubleshooting procedure and/or failure analysis process. Motor repair specifications that must be addressed, as well as vendor survey qualification procedures, will be included. A USB drive containing Excel tools, including vendor survey forms and motor repair specifications, will be provided to each attendee. 

More details on the fifth course on “Centrifugal Pumps vs. Positive Displacement Pumps” will be provided soon. The course will be taught by Herb Tackett from the Hydro Training Center.

For more information and to register for the event, please click here.

Any questions can be directed to Pumps & Systems Editor-in-Chief Alecia Archibald at