News for November 2010

News Archive

Borets-Weatherford selects Tulsa for North American HQ

Electric submersible pump systems company Borets-Weatherford is to establish its North American headquarters along with a research and development, engineering and training facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

DXP Enterprises to buy US pump distributor

DXP Enterprises Inc has signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of D&F Distributors Inc in a US$13.4 million deal.

Sulzer opens new pump plant in China Sulzer opens new pump plant in China

Sulzer Pumps has officially opened a new pump factory in Suzhou, China that will manufacture engineered pumps for the oil & gas and power generation markets.

National Hire acquires pump manufacturer Sykes Group

National Hire Group Ltd subsidiary Allight Holdings Pty Ltd has completed its acquisition of Pump Rentals Pty Ltd, owner of the Sykes Group.

KSB ITUR providing particle accelerator with 57 cooling pumps KSB ITUR providing particle accelerator with 57 cooling pumps

The Spanish KSB Group has been awarded a contract for the supply of 57 cooling pumps for Synchrotron Alba, which is currently under construction.

Weir plans pump joint venture in China

Weir Group plc is investing US$6.2 million over the next two years in a joint venture in China with Shengli Oilfield Highland Petroleum Equipment Co Ltd to provide high-pressure well service pumps and related flow control equipment for the country’s developing shale gas industry.

Wilden add two new sizes to the Brahma pump range Wilden add two new sizes to the Brahma pump range

The PX810 and PX1510 centre-ported Brahma pumps come equipped with the Pro-Flo X Air Distribution System (ADS) featuring the Efficiency Management System (EMS).

Offsite plant speeds development phases

A media company in the UK required a number of packaged pump sets to complete three phases of new development. A series of pumps were chosen which incorporate elements of pre-design with the benefits of off- manufacture. The result is a reduction of the design, construction and installation phase.

Quadna supplies pump packages to Texas power plant

Pump packager and integrator Quadna has secured a US$300 000 project from The Industrial Company (TIC) to fabricate a custom fire pump system and several centrifugal and positive displacement pump packages for a new natural gas power plant in Abernathy, Texas.

New variable speed controller from Fluid Metering Inc

The C100A variable speed controller provides a control interface for Fluid Metering Inc’s variable speed pumps.

ZE series from Enerpac saves power and increases reliability ZE series from Enerpac saves power and increases reliability

The ZE series of 700 bar electric pumps saves power and increases reliability by reducing the number of moving parts it incorporates, enhancing flow characteristics and reducing friction.

BLACOH Fluid Control names new president

BLACOH Fluid Control Inc has appointed Andrew Yeghnazar as president of the company.

Dichtomatik Ltd distributing Kalrez 0090 O-ring seal

The Kalrez 0090 perfluoroelastomer O-ring seal from DuPont Performance Polymers provides resistance to rapid gas decompression and broad chemical resistance as experienced in oil and gas industries.

Weir acquires American Hydro

The Weir Group plc has acquired American Hydro Corp, a manufacturer of hydroturbines and pumps for hydroelectric power generation.

Bjørge Eureka wins NOK70 million order

Bjørge Eureka AS has secured purchase orders from Aibel AS for firewater pumps, condensate export pumps and an emergency generator for the new Statoil-operated Gudrun oil & gas platform on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Hertz Equipment Rental expands in Hawaii

Hertz Equipment Rental Corp has bought the Hawaii-based equipment rental company Western Machinery.

Armstrong International wins Industry Innovation Award

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) recognized Armstrong for the Brain – Model DRV80 digital mixing valve.

Improving fatigue life for diaphragms

Fatigue-induced rupture of the rubber diaphragm is one of the most common causes of failure in submersible pumps. In this article, Amin Akhbarizadeh and Alireza Araghi of Iran’s Pars Koral Ghomes Co demonstrate how diaphragm fatigue life can be improved via simulation and new mechanical design.

Armstrong offers online energy saving guide

The free, 8 page energy saving guide identifies various upgrade options and their paybacks, including detailed scenarios suggesting the types of systems which might be suitable.

SPX plans new manufacturing campus in China

Construction has started on SPX Corp’s new 53-acre manufacturing campus in the FOHO Economic Development Zone in Shanghai, China.

Fish-friendly pump installed by Dutch water authority Fish-friendly pump installed by Dutch water authority

The first fish-friendly pump from Nijhuis Pompen BV and FishFlow Innovations has been installed in the Mijdense Sluis in the Netherlands, on behalf of the Waternet water authority.

Improved efficiency with Rovatti pump series

Rovatti has developed the SNE range of EN 733-compliant high efficiency pumps.

Blackmer releases sustainability video on YouTube

The video is designed to show viewers how Blackmer has built its reputation on producing energy-efficient flow solutions.

Grundfos forms global groundwater Competency Centre in Kansas

Grundfos Pumps Corp is setting up a new global business development Competency Centre for the residential groundwater market at the pump company’s North American headquarters in Olathe, Kansas.

Armstrong adds new manufacturing plant in China

Armstrong has officially opened a new manufacturing facility in China.

Axflow adds to diaphragm pump portfolio

Marathon and Dellmeco air operated double diaphragm (AODD) pump and pumper parts have been added to Axflow’s diaphragm pump portfolio.

Allweiler supplies €1.9mn worth of propeller pumps to China

Allweiler AG has delivered eight pipe-bend Allpro propeller pumps to Shanghai Tian Yuan International Trading Co Ltd for a salt production plant located in northeastern China.

New range of self-priming AODD pumps from The Pump Company

The Dominator range of AODD (air operated hygienic double diaphragm) pumps, meet the strict hygiene requirements of the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Improving sealing for submersibles

Here, Alan Roddis examines a typical submersible pump to determine what changes can be made to improve sealing effectiveness. He concentrates on three primary elements of seal performance; seal design, seal face materials and sealing environment, and includes a case study to illustrate these changes.

Grundfos awards ‘Supplier of the Year’ to Fairchild Semiconductor

Fairchild provides Smart Power Module (SPM) solutions for Grundfos circulation pumps, which comply to the EuP directive and received the ‘Best energy-efficient circulator’ by the EU project.

NOV Mono UK awarded Carbon Trust Standard NOV Mono UK awarded Carbon Trust Standard

Progressing cavity pump manufacturer NOV Mono has received the Carbon Trust Standard for reducing carbon emissions at its manufacturing site in Manchester, UK by more than 21% over the past three years.

SERO PumpSystems and University of Kaiserslautern sign development agreement

The agreement focuses on the energy efficiency of side channel pumps, both in production and in operational service, and is scheduled to cover a period of two years.

Three new rod pump control solutions from Schneider Electric

The rod pump control solutions are designed to optimize the reliability and energy efficiency of pump wells by improving the performance of each individual stroke.

Cat Pumps expands range of plunger pumps

The 316 Stainless Steel models 3501 and 3511 provide expanded corrosion resistance to the 3507 and 3517 triplex positive displacement plunger pumps.

Flowserve adds Quick Response Centre in Aberdeen

Flowserve has opened a Quick Response Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Bollfilter automatic filtration system installed in UK’s largest sewage treatment works

Thames Water’s sewage treatment works (STW) in Beckton, East London is undergoing a major expansion programme which features the latest sludge treatment technology.

New online catalogue from Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum

The online catalogue provides more than 120,000 data files which are reviewed and linked to offer fast and complete information sets on the product portfolio.

Two pump industry veterans join JDA Global

The recently formed pump holding company JDA Global has appointed two pump industry veterans to key roles within the organisation.

Amarinth expands in India

Amarinth, the centrifugal pump manufacturer, has signed Padmasri Engineers as its agent in India and secured a US$300 000 contract from Larsen & Toubro.

Ruhrpumpen opens pump plant on US West Coast

Ruhrpumpen has opened a new pump manufacturing facility in Orland, California.

Wilden’s Pro-Flo X air distribution system receives Patent

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has given the air distribution system (ADS) Patent No. 7,811,067.

FLSmidth to supply US$40mn mining package, including pumps, to Mauritania

FLSmidth has won a US$40 million contract from Mauritanian La Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (SNIM) to supply wet concentrator and train load out packages for the Guelb el Aouj iron ore plant in Mauritania.

Cartridge seal from Scenic Precise Element restrains VOC emissions Cartridge seal from Scenic Precise Element restrains VOC emissions

The LD-389 cartridge seal from Scenic is suitable for ANSI pumps and applications to most chemical processes.

Meeting building regulations needs

The British Pump Manufactuers Association Ltd. (BPMA) is seeking to bring energy saving domestic and non-domestic pumps into the revised 2010 Building Regulations, with DEFRA support. Steve Schofield, technical director. explains why this has come about and the implications.

MV PosiTrap from Mass-Vac Inc protects vacuum pumps from corrosion

The vacuum inlet traps feature user selectable filter elements which remove corrosive and abrasive particles from the vacuum stream to protect vacuum pumps in applications up to 85 M³H.

Griswold Pump Company exhibiting at IAAPA Expo 2010

The IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Attractions Expo 2010 is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities.

Andritz to acquire Ritz Pumpenfabrik

Austria’s Andritz is buying German pump and motor manufacturer Ritz Pumpenfabrik GmbH & Co KG.

Colfax expands Monroe pump facility Colfax expands Monroe pump facility

Colfax Corp has invested US$3 million in a 17 000 sq ft expansion to its pump factory in Monroe, North Carolina.