A Big Picture Evaluation Can Produce 
Big Savings
A systems approach to efficiency often reduces production costs.
Last of Two Parts In Part One of this series (Pumps & Systems, February 2014), the operating and maintenance costs for pumped systems were isolated. The next steps are to set realistic goals for...
The proper design of complex submersible wastewater systems depends on many factors for optimization.
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...
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...
April-Wise Pump Quiz: NPSH and Developed Head
In this installment of “Pumping Prescriptions,” I have a quiz for our readers. A typical pump system is shown in Figure 1. A centrifugal pump delivers 200 gallons per minute of water from an open...
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...
Asset Management Systems
Data and life cycle management technology helps refineries maintain equipment and reduce the total cost of ownership.Typically, 90 percent of the total life cycle cost (LCC) of a flow management...
Automatic Optimization Enhances Turbomachinery Design
3-D inverse design provides efficiency benefits.
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...
Pumps & Systems, October 2008The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Ill. is the world's largest commercial building, largest wholesale design center and a premier international business location....
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...
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...
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 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...
Pumps & Systems, August 2007With the wide use of variable frequency drives in the pump industry and increasing unit size, it is becoming more difficult to design mechanical systems free from...
Pumps & Systems, October 2008Low efficiency, high radial loads, noise and vibration become a real problem when pumps operate to the left of the best efficiency point (BEP). Damage to the seal,...
Pumps & Systems, April 2008Artificial lift technology selection is highly dependent on the conditions of the wellbore and the specific application parameters of a given well. Electrical...
A crucial triumvirate for improving the bottom lineA little more than 10 years ago, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technology issued a report titled U.S. Industrial Motor Systems...
Pumps & Systems, August 2008Progressive maintenance practices are vital to maximize pump life, minimize downtime and avoid costly repairs and lost production. It is good practice to plan the...
Pumps & Systems, February 2009 Computer simulations of pumps and compressors can now serve the same function as hardware testing. These simulations can be done in less time with less cost...
Pumps & Systems, December 2008As the need to increase efficiency and meet lower emissions requirements puts pressure on gas turbine operators, they look for innovative solutions that do not...
Pumps & Systems, July 2008Shrinking resources and growing customer demands have created a whole new world for packaged systems. Not long ago, packagers were simply build-to-print suppliers. Their...
Heating Solution Provides High ROI
A 20-year-old, direct-contact water heating system continues to deliver optimum performance for a Canadian Hospital.Twenty years ago, when Sacré-Coeur Hospital in Montreal embarked on a more than $1...
HI Pump FAQs February 2012
Q. We plan to purchase several slurry pumps and understand that this service is considered severe duty. What guidelines should be followed regarding pump selection based on good wear resistance?A....
HI Pump FAQs March 2012
Q.  We have purchased and plan to install several sealless pumps in our facility and would like to know what procedures and cautions should be followed during installation and...
High Pressure Pumping
Breaking ground in desalination performance and energy efficiency with high-pressure pump innovation.According to recent statistics from the International Desalination Association (IDA), growth in...
High-Altitude Mining Challenge
Packaged systems solve pumping difficulties at the Toromocho mine site.
Holistic Pump System Designs
Holistic pump system designs optimize system efficiency and life cycle performance.A pump system that is well-designed not only maximizes overall system efficiency, it can also be adapted to changing...