TREVOSE, Pa. (Nov. 8, 2013) – GE’s high-performance LEAPmbr membrane bioreactor (MBR) wastewater-treatment technology will be the centerpiece of an upgrade to Unitywater’s Maleny sewage treatment plant in Queensland, Australia, and is expected to allow the plant to double the amount of water treated per day to one million liters.
KAMP-LINTFORT, Germany (June 7, 2013) – Almatec was founded in 1984 by Dirk Budde, an industrial engineer who was working for another pump company when he decided to branch out and create his own pneumatic-pump product line.
SENECA FALLS, N.Y. (Dec. 4, 2013) – ITT’s Goulds Pumps brand has launched the third annual World of Pumps Quiz, building on the success of the global pump industry challenge that last year attracted more than 15,000 participants from 151 countries. The quiz runs for 20 weeks, offering new sets of questions biweekly, and ends at midnight on March 30, 2014.
ERLANGEN, Germany (Nov. 12, 2013) – Siemens Energy has received orders for a total of 20 SGT-800 industrial gas turbines from Thailand. The turbines will be used in various combined cycle cogeneration power plants within Thailand. The contract is part of the Thai government’s program to support small power producers. The end customers are the Thai independent power producers Amata B.Grimm Power Limited (ABP), which ordered 10 turbines, SSUT Co. Ltd. & PPTC Co. Ltd. (six turbines), and IRPC Clean Power Co. Ltd.(four turbines).
Advocates of the latest technologies often tout the benefits of being an early adopter: greater attention from the vendor, the opportunity to serve as an industry trendsetter and access to the newest, most accurate solutions.
DECATUR, Ga. (Dec. 4, 2013) – Newcomb Spring Corp. named Daniel (Dan) Tetreault as the new general manager of its New England facility, Newcomb Spring of Connecticut. In this position, Tetreault will oversee operations at the plant, lead new business development and assist customers in the manufacture of custom springs, wire forms and stamped metal parts.
Tetreault was previously employed at WAFIOS Machinery Corporation, where he served as vice president.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Nov. 11, 2013) – Nidec Corporation, headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, has named Kei Pang chief executive officer of Nidec Motor Corporation (NMC). Pang, who has served NMC as President and COO since April 2012, replaces Patrick Murphy, who resigned his position in October.
Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. (Nov. 18, 2013) – Pump Solutions Group (PSG), an operating company within Dover Corporation and a provider of pumps, systems and related technologies, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Finder Pompe S.p.A. (Finder) for a purchase price of approximately $145 million, subject to normal post-closing adjustments.
SANTIAGO, Chile (Nov. 11, 2013) – GE's Power Conversion business announced that it has finalized the acquisition of the Chilean power electronics company Ingeniería y Desarrollo Tecnológico S.A. (IDT). With this move, Power Conversion is actively positioning the company to build a stronger regional presence and capture a greater share of the mining segment.
ATLANTA, Ga. (Oct. 18, 2013) – WEG Electric announced investments of $345 million throughout the next five years for the expansion and increased production in both Mexico and China.
The existing manufacturing complex in Mexico will benefit from expanded production capacity as well as increased vertical integration, making it similar to WEG’s largest industrial complex in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil.
PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J. (Nov. 12, 2013) – MISTRAS Group, Inc., has acquired Carmagen Engineering, Inc., a professional engineering consulting and technical training services provider serving the hydrocarbon processing and other energy-related industries.
Although selecting high-efficiency pumps for irrigation applications is important, pump sizing is equally critical to reduce energy consumption and costs. In fact, incorrect sizing is a common reason for low pumping efficiency.
Optimal pump selection requires choosing the product that is best suited to the operating conditions required by the irrigation application. To ascertain whether the operating conditions are stable, users must calculate how much pump flow and head are required.
BRISBANE, Australia (Nov. 12, 2013) – Schlumberger announced the official opening of the Schlumberger Reservoir Laboratory in Brisbane, Australia. The state-of-the-art, 10,000 sq. ft. facility is the latest addition to the global network of Schlumberger Reservoir Laboratories, offering services that provide core measurements and analysis for unconventional and conventional plays in the oil and gas industry.
Pumping fluids with sediment, chemicals, slurry and inks has always been an air-operated double diaphragm pump’s (AODD) domain. Offered in many different construction materials, AODDs can be built to pump virtually any fluid, in most volumes.
AODD pumps are the picture of simplicity. Diaphragms move inside fluid chambers to intake and expel fluid while check valves keep the fluid motion flowing in the right direction. These pumps operate solely by the back and forth oscillation of a single rod connected to two horizontally opposed diaphragms. How is the rod moved?
GROVETOWN, Ga. (Nov. 12, 2013) – GIW Industries mechanical engineer and industry expert, Reab Berry, was awarded the 2013 SME Hero of the Industry award at the 28th Annual Phosphate Conference, Mining for a Growing World.
People have always needed to treat the water that they consume and use for cooking, bathing and washing. They have also needed to find ways to properly treat and dispose of the water that has been fouled through the course of its use—in latter centuries most commonly during industrial production activities. This need helped the water/wastewater treatment industry grow to $136 billion in revenue in 2011 in the U.S. and to an annual rate of growth between 3 percent and 4.5 percent.
WESTPORT, Conn. (Nov. 12, 2013) – The winners of the prestigious 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Awards have been selected and will be honored at a special ceremony on Jan. 22 during the world’s largest HVACR exposition and conference in New York.
A Kansas City motor repair shop developed a virtually foolproof process for protecting pump motors from electrical bearing damage caused by stray shaft currents. For six years, Scott Wilkins, the manager of motor shop operations, has overseen the reconditioning of hundreds of vertical motors through a process known as the vertical motor solution. None of them has had repeat bearing failure.
NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. (Nov. 12, 2013) – The ExOne Company announced that Brian W. Smith will join the company as chief financial officer and treasurer on Jan. 1, 2014. John Irvin, the company’s current chief financial officer and treasurer, will assume the role of special adviser to the chairman. Since joining ExOne in October 2012, Irvin is credited with overseeing the company’s February 2013 initial public offering and subsequent public company financial responsibilities. Upon assuming his new role, he will remain on the company’s Board of Directors and will report to S.
Q. What information is available regarding NPIPA and NPIPR for rotary pumps?
A. Net positive inlet pressure available (NPIPA) is the algebraic sum of the inlet and barometric pressure minus the vapor pressure of the liquid at the inlet temperature:
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Nov. 14, 2013) – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) applauds Sen. Tom Udall (NM) and Rep. Donna Edwards (MD) for introducing the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013, which will provide essential tools for communities looking at investing in advanced stormwater strategies to manage polluted runoff and protect clean water. Introduced this morning, the Senate (Udall) S.1677 and House (Edwards) HR 3449 bills establish centers of excellence for innovative stormwater control infrastructure, and for other purposes.
The purpose of using a torque wrench is to apply the target load for a specific amount of stress on a gasket. For any given combination of gasket, bolt and flange, a stress range will ensure that the gasket will seal while, at the same time, protecting from over tightening that may cause damage to one of these components. Failure to remain within this stress range may result in environmental concerns, safety issues and downtime that can be expensive and dangerous.
ZURICH (Nov. 15, 2013) – ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won two orders in the third quarter to provide the waste heat recovery systems, each powered by a power turbine generator (PTG), for fourteen new 8,800 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) container vessels.
Pump users and industry leaders have increased the emphasis on reducing the life-cycle cost (LCC) of industrial pumps. Organizations with a matured procurement division do not purchase pumps based on their initial purchase and installation costs. Instead, they focus on the total LCC of a pump, which is five times greater than the initial and installation costs.
In my opinion, the system curve is the single most important component of the pump selection process. After all, the system curve determines the operating point on a pump’s performance curve. Other aspects, such as materials of construction and special features, can be reviewed after the hydraulic selection. The system curve is even more important when an application requires multiple pumps operating in parallel.