2011 Product Innovation of the Year
The third annual Product Innovation of the Year award was hotly contested again this year. The contest examined products entered into the marketplace between September 1, 2010 and August 31,...
A “Solid” Solution to Pump Selection
 Tests show that solid-body plastic pumps are the best choice for oscillating applications.The demands that oscillating-displacement pumps place on their materials of construction are extreme due...
Air Void Tests for Nuclear Power Plant Safety-Related Feed Pumps
 Test lab engineers perform 40 void tests in 10 days with results that could impact NRC regulations.A major nuclear power company approached an independent pump performance test lab in Chicago to...
FSA Sealing Sense December 2011
What factors should be considered for stainless steel fasteners 
in bolted flanged connections?This month's “Sealing Sense” was prepared by FSA member Joel Baulch.In a bolted flanged connection...
Power Management
Adjustable frequency drives for improved energy efficiency and 
parallel, multiphase pumpsMaximizing uptime and minimizing energy consumption (and costs) is key in pumping applications. As...
Proactive Bearing Maintenance
An unexpected bearing failure needs to be understood and seen as an opportunity for improvements.Centrifugal process pumps are workhorses of pulp and paper, oil and gas, chemical and other industries....
Pump Curve Accuracy
Digitization methods are critical when using pump selection software.First of Two PartsMore than 150 pump manufacturers present their pump performance data electronically. These digital pump catalogs...
Pump Servicing Market
The market's bright future in North AmericaThe proverbial “when one door closes another starts to open” is transforming the services industry. Pump manufacturers are looking at the service...
Wall Street Pump and Valve Industry Watch December 2011
The Jordan, Knauff & Company (JKC) Valve Stock Index was up 1 percent over the last 12 months, below the broader S&P 500 Index which was up 5.8 percent. The JKC Pump Stock Index was up 10.8...
Wastewater Pump Draw Down Calculator
Based on several of my previous Pumps & Systems articles, you probably know that I have major concerns about the off best efficiency point (BEP) operation of wastewater pumps. Last month, I...
Wireless Technology
Applications for electric power and the Smart GridFor electric power operators, achieving efficient and reliable power delivery is crucial. Technological developments continue to guide the industry...