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Continuing education is a cornerstone of maintaining the integrity of the pump industry. It ensures that workforce members remain current on industry issues and that they work efficiently and effectively. Because required knowledge now encompasses the entire pumping system, those in the pump industry need a broad range of skills and in-depth understanding of new methodologies and regulations.

Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities available. The following is a sampling of some educational aims and tactics:

While the Hydraulic Institute (HI) is known for creating new industry pump standards, a letter from Igor Karassik, a true pump pioneer in the engineering world, outlined the urgency for a new educational foundation now known as Pump Systems Matter. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have implemented several regulations focusing on energy efficiency.

According to the DOE 2014-05 Technical Support Document for Electric Motors (Final Rule), nearly 70 percent of industrial electricity demand is used by industrial motor systems, with a majority of these being rotodynamic pumping systems.

Continuing educational programs serve as the cornerstone of training workers on how to best maintain the integrity of any type pump system in both the industrial and commercial markets. By supplementing work experience and basic knowledge with continuing education, the workforce remains current on industry issues while working more efficiently and effectively. 

Chances are that the existing pumping systems in your plant are less than optimal. There is a simple process for identifying “bad actors” by following the Hydraulic Institute’s (HI) six-step action plan for evaluating existing pumping systems:

1. Screen and prioritize your pumping systems to identify good performance improvement candidates.

At the first Hydraulic Institute (HI) meeting held in Chicago in 1917, 16 small pump manufacturers set the future for the Institute.   While some company names changed and others merged to create new businesses since then, the core pump technologies are still going strong, supplemented with new pumping engineering advancements.

As HI celebrates its 100th anniversary, let’s take a look at the 16 original members and their core pumping equipment and markets.  

In power generation, vertical pumps provide design flexibility that is not usually available with other pump types. Nine of 10 Hydraulic Institute-categorized vertically suspended (VS) pump types are suspended with the pumping element below grade, submerged in the pumped liquid.

The HI webinar lineup continues to grow, and two new events are created for today’s wide range of engineers who have design responsibilities within Industrial pumping systems. Specifically, these two new webinars address both the effective pump intake design and trouble-shooting problem with intakes and the second covers all aspects for pump piping for rotodynamic pumps.

At the New Jersey Water Environment Association’s (NJWEA) 103RD Annual Conference and Exposition held in May 2018, the Hydraulic Institute (HI) and selected subject matter experts from the HI engineering community presented two technical presentations/workshops designed for both water and wastewater plants.

For many years, Eric Dole has performed pump system assessments for a variety of clients. Dole, the energy efficiency lead at Hazen and Sawyer, has gained extensive experience in helping operators find opportunities for improvement, correct system mistakes and select new equipment when necessary.

Dole’s efforts have not gone unnoticed by his supervisor and mentor, David Nailor. So when Nailor learned about the Hydraulic Institute’s (HI) new elite Pump System Assessment Professional (PSAP) certification, he immediately thought of Dole.