News for February 2011

News Archive

Edwards shortlisted for Pump Industry Awards Edwards shortlisted for Pump Industry Awards

Edwards' new nEXT turbomolecular vacuum pump has been shortlisted in the ‘Technical Innovation of the Year’ category at the2011 Pump Industry Awards, sponsored by World Pumps.

Energy Recovery introduces new line of desal pumps Energy Recovery introduces new line of desal pumps

Energy Recovery Inc (ERI), has launched its new Aqua line of high-pressure desalination pumps – the ERI AquaBold multi-stage reverse osmosis (RO) high-pressure pump and the ERI AquaSpire single-stage pump.

Netzsch opens offices in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates

The Netzsch Group's Pumps & Systems Business Unit has set up a subsidiary in South Africa and a sales office in the United Arab Emirates.

Flowtronex offers budget-friendly financing for pump system maintenance

Flowtronex has launched a Sustainable Savings Program that enables golf course superintendents to maintain irrigation pump systems and update ageing infrastructure with an exclusive financing option.

SPP Pumps forms new energy division

SPP Pumps says that its new SPP Energy Division can offer reductions in energy consumption and system running costs of more than 20%.

New issue of HI efficiency guidelines

The Hydraulic Institute (HI) reports that the Pump Efficiency Prediction guidelines (HI 20.3-2010) are now available in a separate, self-contained publication.

John Crane to exhibit turbomachinery products at Mets 2011 John Crane to exhibit turbomachinery products at Mets 2011

John Crane says that is plans to showcase its range of turbomachinery solutions at the inaugural Middle East Turbomachinery Symposium (METS) exhibition in Qatar.

Hydromashservice to deliver pumps to Azerbaijan

Hydromashservice, the trading company of the HMS Group, has entered into an agreement with Azersu to manufacture and supply pumps for a pump station in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Low fuel lubricity in thin distillates

To meet future pollution control regulations, ships will be obliged to switch from viscous high-sulphur heavy fuel oil to poorly lubricating thin distillate fuels. By using seal-less pumps, two heavy lift ships working in northern waters are tackling the problems of premature wear, high repair costs and failure associated with distillates.

CM experience with boiler feed pumps

Nowadays, condition monitoring is widely used as an essential tool for the efficient operation of a production plant. Here, H. Sedaghati Nasab, M. Massoumian and H. Karimi of the maintenance department at Zagros Petrochemical Co in Iran discuss their experiences with a problematic boiler feed water pump and their route to the solution.

Transporting water for drought relief

In response to widespread drought in Andhra Pradesh, the Indian government launched a project aimed at irrigating the dry agricultural land. Pumps were needed to transport large volumes of water over long distances to the pumping stations being built. Vertical volute pumps driven by synchronous motors provided an efficient solution.

Problem solving in municipal projects

Municipalities in the United States are searching for environmentally friendly, energy efficient solutions to water and sewage issues. With a large number of important water and wastewater projects currently underway, the correct choice of pump is vital. Keith Loria examines how leading pump providers have helped with these decisions.

TPU diaphragms have improved service life TPU diaphragms have improved service life

German seals specialist Freudenberg Simrit has developed a new range of diaphragms made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) that are abrasion-resistant and have improved service life.

Tool helps reduce energy through analysis

Schneider Electric has developed what it calls a ‘Production Energy Optimization (PEO) solution’, an energy management and analysis tool for energy intensive industrial processes designed to help reduces energy consumption per unit of production.

Kirloskar Brothers supplies fire hydrant system to Indian steel plant

Kirloskar Brothers Ltd has erected and commissioned a Factory Mutual (FM) and Underwrites Laboratories (UL) listed fire hydrant system for the plate mill at the Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) steel plant in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, India.

ABS wins breakthrough pump order in Vietnam

Cardo’s ABS is to supply eight VUP submersible propeller pumps for the Nhieu Loc Thi Nghe Canal Flood Control Project in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam under a €976 000 order.

KSB to supply pumps for coal gasification in India

KSB AG will deliver 44 process pumps as well as various auxiliary systems and frequency inverters by April 2011 for a coal gasification plant in the east Indian state of Orissa.

New CEO at Energy Recovery Inc

Thomas Rooney is the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Energy Recovery Inc (ERI), following the retirement of GG Pique.

Rotory sensor for mobile applications Rotory sensor for mobile applications

Swiss sensor manufacturer Contelec has launched Vert-X 90E, a flat, heavy-duty non-contacting rotary sensor suitable for mobile applications.

Recent activities in MENA countries

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions have, collectively, the world’s largest supplies of oil and gas. However, other industries such as desalination, water supply, mining and power generation also provide an important market for pump suppliers. James Hunt gives an overview of some of the latest activities in these areas.

Packaged systems for water demands

Packaged pumping systems offer ease of installation, single source responsibility and a streamlined manufacturing process. This articled iscusses the best way to use them to satisfy the demands of municipal distribution systems, industrial process systems, non potable and water reuse systems and domestic water booster systems.

Colfax Corp acquires Rosscor Holding

Pump specialist Colfax Corp has bought Rosscor Holding BV, a Dutch supplier of multiphase pumping technology (MPP) and related technologies for the global oil & gas market.

Full stroke diaphragms for AODD pumps Full stroke diaphragms for AODD pumps

Wilden has developed a new range of full stroke PTFE (Teflon) diaphragms for use on all of its air operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pump lines.

Wood Group sells Well Support division to GE

GE Oil & Gas is acquiring John Wood Group plc’s Well Support division, including its electric submersible pump business, in a US$2.8 billion deal.

New bearing website available New bearing website available

Thordon Bearings has launched a new website featuring new technical information, references, success stories and videos.

3D product reviews from Alfa Laval

Alfa Laval has launched what it calls a virtual showroom in which customers can obtain 3D interactive previews of new products.

EPA and US Coast Guard partner to protect US waters

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Coast Guard (USCG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to increase efforts to prevent and enforce against illegal discharges of pollutants from vessels, such as cruise ships and oil tankers.

HMS Group begins trading on the London Stock Exchange

Russian pump manufacturer HMS Hydraulic Machines & Systems Group plc has started trading on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker HMSG.

Weir Iraq cash supports water, humanitarian projects

Some of the money recently confiscated from the Weir Group for breaching UN sanctions on Iraq will be spent on Iraqi water projects.

Mouvex to feature SLC Series at Interphex Mouvex to feature SLC Series at Interphex

Mouvex plans to introduce its hygienic SLC Series of eccentric disc pumps at Interphex 2011.

Hayward Tyler wins £5.9mn power plant orders

Pump manufacturer Hayward Tyler Group Ltd secured £5.9 million worth of new orders in January.

Seal-less pumps work in polymer injection

A US specialist in enhanced oil recovery systems required pumps for a polymer injection facility in a Wyoming oilfield. Seal-less diaphragm pumps were selected for the 24 hour facility. Their ongoing long-service performance and gentle handling of the polymers led to additional pumps being installed to extend the facility.

Solar powered chemical dosing pump Solar powered chemical dosing pump

Vanton Pump and Equipment Corp has developed a new solar powered chemical dosing system featuring a non-metallic, peristaltic pump for corrosion-free transfer of caustic and acidic treatment chemicals.

Lister Petter technology cuts potable water drilling costs

Lister Petter Ltd says its new technology will halve the cost of drilling for potable water.

New website from Ruhrpumpen

Ruhrpumpen has redesigned its website.

Metering pumps with tube failure detection Metering pumps with tube failure detection

Blue-White Industries has introduced the ProSeries Flex-Flo M3 and M4 peristaltic metering pumps, which incorporate a patented tube failure detection (TFD) system and brushless DC motor.

Wilden launches new website Wilden launches new website

AODD specialist Wilden has developed a new website at

Maag Group names new sales director for Germany

Alaaddin Aydin has been appointed sales director for Germany at Maag Group, the gear pump, screen changer and pelletizing system producer.

German companies host pavilion at PVP Africa German companies host pavilion at PVP Africa

The Southern-African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the German-African Business Association will jointly host a pavilion at the Pumps, Valves and Pipes Africa 2011 Exhibition.

Feeding the grid from river water

The German Federal Government supports the use of regenerative energy. Two prototype river turbines were installed in the river Rhine, near the German town of St Goar. The turbines successfully provided the town with electric power from river water, prompting the company who designed them to put them into commercial operation.

Thames Water selects Bedford Pumps for pumping station upgrade

Submersible pump manufacturer Bedford Pumps Ltd has secured a major contract with Thames Water for the refurbishment of the inlet pumping station at Crossness in East London, UK.

Wood Group considers sale of electric submersible pump business

Wood Group says that it is evaluating the possible sale of its Well Support division.

VDMA sets the date for 10th Pump Users International Forum 2012

The VDMA Pumps + Systems Association’s 10th Pump Users International Forum will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany from 27–28 September 2012.

Reducing avoidable pressure losses

Industrial plants frequently employ oversized pumps out of caution. Pressure losses, and consequently energy consumption, may thus be unnecessarily high. Dr Walter Schicketanz explains in detail how such avoidable pressure drops can be determined both theoretically and in the field, as well as examining how to reduce them.

Almatec to display diaphragm pumps at INTERPHEX Almatec to display diaphragm pumps at INTERPHEX

Almatec plans to showcase its BIOCOR and E-Series pumps in at INTERPHEX 2011.

JC Carter to supply 22 pumps for Singapore LNG terminal

JC Carter LLC, the cryogenic submerged motor pump company, is to design and manufacture 22 third generation pumps for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal that is being built on Jurong Island, Singapore.

PeopleFlo sells EnviroGear to Dover’s Pump Solutions Group

PeopleFlo Manufacturing Inc is to spin off its EnviroGear pump line to Dover Corp’s Pump Solutions Group (PSG).

Neptune Chemical Pump divests Waters Equipment

Neptune Chemical Pump Co Inc has sold its Waters Equipment division to Sentry Equipment Corp.

Gabelli hosts 21st Annual Pump, Valve & Motor Symposium

Gabelli & Co Inc’s 21st Annual Pump, Valve & Motor Symposium will be held on 17 February 2011 in New York.

Thompson pump promotes priming system Thompson pump promotes priming system

Thompson Pump plans to showcase a priming system featuring OVT (oil-less vacuum technology) configured with the new John Deere IT4 (interim tier 4) engine at the upcoming CONEXPO 2011 tradeshow.

SJE-Rhombus offers VFD for pressure control SJE-Rhombus offers VFD for pressure control

SJE-Rhombus has developed the VARIOspeed variable frequency drive (VFD) for constant pressure control applications.

Wilo names new head of sales and marketing

Eric Lachambre is to head up the Sales and Marketing function at German pump manufacturer Wilo.