As the global demand for energy grows, power companies are working to implement new technologies that would enable them to produce more power from existing stations. The following example demonstrates...
In the October 2008 issue, we evaluated efficiency and energy savings for a typical centrifugal pump ("Efficiency, Energy and Life Cycle Cost"). Many said the Energy Estimator helps when dealing with...
Several years ago, a golf course community wanted to adorn its entrance with a waterfall. Rocks were arranged to form a wall about 12 ft high, and the water would flow over the wall and into a...
In Pump Challenge #3 (Pumping Prescriptions, September 2009), the specified parameters for energy estimation were 4,000 gpm and 400 ft. Using the Energy Estimator tool, you should receive the...
In Pump Challenge #4, many of you discovered while using the Energy Consumption Evaluator, that the standard listing only goes to 8x6-17 pump size with motor power maxed at 250 hp, which is below...
Pumps & Systems, February 2008The second article of this three-part series on "Dematerializing the Process" explores how future industrial process plants will address rising operating costs plus...
As energy costs rise and energy efficiency becomes more important in operating pumping systems, equipment suppliers, system designers and operators will maximize the efficiency of system components to...
In the foothills of the Andes, among the sprawling vineyards of picturesque Mendoza, Argentina, stands an innocuous equipment cabinet located by the side of an infrequently used mountain pass. The...
Pumps & Systems, August 2007Conclusion of our look at a new tool that predicts how pumps and systems interact.Last month, I opened this discussion by explaining how the affinity laws are used to...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007Back in the old days, level control had little or nothing to do with saving energy. In fact, it was often a necessary evil. Today, that is no longer true - the VFD...
AODD Pumps Benefit from Air Distribution System
Maximize energy efficiency by identifying the pumps’ optimal flow rate and air consumption.Operating a manufacturing plant in which fluids of varying viscosities need to be transferred from one...
Assessing Pump System Performance
Determining which pumps and their associated systems to assess is the first step in the process.First of Two PartsWhat Is a Pump Assessment?A pump assessment is a mini performance test of the pump...
Sensors and automation passively participate in our everyday lives to improve comfort, add safety and reliability, and increase the efficiency of needed products and services. As the use of sensors...
Benefits of Smart Pumps in Building HVAC Systems
The ever-growing need for energy efficiency demands intelligent pumping systems.Electrical energy demand is projected to double by 2030, putting the world in the midst of a global energy dilemma. At...
Best Efficiency Point and Best Operation Point
The rise of bebop in the 40s and 50s had a major effect on the style and sound of both jazz and rock and roll. As a drummer with a jazz quartet during my college years, the bebop artists of the 50s...
Editor's Note: This is the first in a six-part series on centrifugal pump efficiency. For other articles in this series, click here.In this multi-part series, we will investigate several aspects of...
Centrifugal Pump Efficiency—Preservation of Efficiency
Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a six-part series on centrifugal pump efficiency. For other articles in this series, click here.The performance of a centrifugal pump with a trimmed impeller will...
Editor's Note: This is the second in a six-part series on centrifugal pump efficiency. For other articles in this series, click here. Early centrifugal pump design was heavily influenced by turbine...
Centrifugal Pump Efficiency—When Is Efficiency Important?
Editor's Note: This is the sixth in a six-part series on centrifugal pump efficiency. For other articles in this series, click here.The power required by a pump is directly proportional to both the...
Pumps & Systems, September 2007Why question the PLC? For many, questioning the application of a PLC to the pump station panel is surprising. After all, the pump station panel was once controlled...
Pumps & Systems, September 2008Ensuring your sodium hypochlorite chemical feed system is properly set up and maintained is crucial to effective operation. Failure to address certain issues will...
This discussion opens a three-part series covering mechanical seal piping plans that provide guidelines for various seal arrangements, fluids and control equipment to help you determine what support...
Pumps & Systems, April 2007 You have probably noticed that there are several camps out there when it comes to centrifugal pump applications involving variable frequency drives (VFDs). One...
Pumps & Systems, February 2009When the City of Delaware, Ohio, expanded its wastewater treatment plant, it looked to increase more than just capacity. It also wanted to increase its efficiency and...
Design Software Increases Hydraulic Efficiency
Pump manufacturer streamlines the design and production process.
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Sept. 1, 2015) – The Hydraulic Institute (HI) led the effort to organize the pump industry and facilitated the data gathering and standards development required for the Appliance...
Pumps and Systems, June 2009Adjustable Frequency Drive Application and UseIn the early days of adjustable frequency drive (AFD) technology, the typical application was in process control for...
Dry Gas Seal Requirements
Editor's Note: This is the first in a six-part series on seals. For other articles in this series, click here.Find a reliable dry gas seal system for any application.As manufacturers continue to...
While running a pump at its best efficiency point saves money, reduces downtime and improves performance, many plant managers are unaware of how their equipment is actually performing. This series,...
Efficiency Through Indirect Measures
Indirect factors can directly impact the true efficiency of the product-transfer process, if not considered and monitored.For months, the focus of the Pumps & Systems "Efficiency Matters" column...