News for March 2011

News Archive

Weir SPM expands Fort Worth plant

Weir Oil & Gas is investing US$40 million to extend the capacity of its Weir SPM manufacturing and service facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

Pump Industry Awards 2011 - winners

The 2011 Pump Industry Awards Gala Dinner was held in Coventry, UK on Wednesday the 23 March.

SPX introduces digital motors for metering pumps SPX introduces digital motors for metering pumps

SPX is introducing digital motors for its Bran + Luebbe brand of metering pumps.

New valve facility opens

Metso has opened a new 37,147 ft2 valve service facility at Seaham, County Durham, UK.

Selwood invests £7mn in plant and pump fleet

UK hire and sales specialist Selwood has placed orders for £7 million worth of plant and pumps since the start of this year to expand its hire fleet.

KSB acquires South Korean valve manufacturer

Germany’s KSB has bought the South Korean valve specialist Seil Seres Co Ltd.

Cardo confirms date for stock exchange delisting

Cardo AB's last day of trading on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm stock exchange will be 21 April 2011.

Franklin Electric to acquire majority stake in Turkish pump manufacturer

Franklin Electric Co Inc has reached a definitive agreement to buy 80% of the outstanding shares of Turkish pumping systems manufacturer Ýmpo Motor Pompa Sanayi ve Ticaret AS (Impo).

Off-site packaging for easy installation

A streamlined solution was needed for the building service element of a landmark building under construction in the City of London. The high efficiency heat exchange modules, variable speed pumps and booster sets were packaged off-site and supplied in ready-to-install modules. This cut installation times and reduced deliveries to the busy site.

Dewatering emergency under Alpine glacier

A huge pocket containing some thousands of gallons of water had formed under a glacier on Mont Blanc. It had to be emptied before it burst and endangered the lives of the people below. The choice fell on Caprari mixed flow pumps to empty the equivalent of more than 20 Olympic swimming pools.

Mono Muncher improves efficiency at United Utilities Mono Muncher improves efficiency at United Utilities

United Utilities is using a TR Muncher from NOV Mono to increase process efficiency at its Warrington North (Gatewarth) wastewater treatment works by preventing pump blockages and minimising down time.

ITT supports relief efforts in Japan

ITT Corp has authorised US$100 000 from its emergency response fund to support Mercy Corps and its local partner, Peace Winds, with on-the-ground relief efforts in Japan following the recent earthquake and tsunami.

Watson-Marlow pumps up sales and profits

Watson-Marlow Pumps Group has posted a 23% increase in 2010 sales and a 38% rise in operating profits.

KSB to exhibit at shipping fair KSB to exhibit at shipping fair

KSB Group plans to exhibit at the international marine technology fair, Nor-Shipping 2011, where it will showcase pumps and valves designed for employment on different types of ships.

Axial ball bearings cut energy consumption Axial ball bearings cut energy consumption

The Schaeffler Group have developed a new range of axial ball bearings that could reduce energy consumption in refrigeration compressors by up to 5%, and improve the overall energy efficiency by one class.

Tsurumi’s Japan pump operations unaffected by earthquake-tsunami

Japanese pump manufacturer Tsurumi says that its manufacturing plant and staff in Japan are unaffected by the recent earthquake and tsunami.

HMS repays RUB3.3bn of indebtedness

Russian pump manufacturer The HMS Group has repaid RUB3.3 billion of its outstanding indebtedness.

Wilden develops ‘green’ website Wilden develops ‘green’ website

Wilden has launched a website highlighting the energy efficiency of its Pro-Flo X air distribution system (ADS).

Rodelta Pumps opens UK office

Centrifugal pump maker Rodelta Pumps International BV has opened a new sales office in the UK.

Cardo applies to delist from Stockholm stock exchange

With ASSA ABLOY now controlling more than 90% of the shares in Cardo AB, the Cardo board has applied to delist the company’s shares from NASDAQ OMX Stockholm.

Axial flow impeller shapes: part 1

The increasing importance of low head applications necessitates a study of the different axial flow pump impellers used for both pump and turbine operations. In this first of two articles, Punit Singh and Franz Nestmann of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology survey the available impeller shapes and present a theoretical model that reveals the behaviour of the impellers’ internal hydraulic variables.

Maximising biogas production efficiency

The biofuels sector, including biogas, is a fast growing industry because it means less reliance on fossil fuels, and it is sustainable. However, biomass is a difficult media, so has to be broken down to allow pumping to take place efficiently and to maximize biogas production. Harald Vogelsang explains.

Accurate dosing with single shot dispensing

A Belgian brewery required a pump which could accurately dose liquid sugar into beer, in order to fulfil an ongoing order. A close-coupled peristaltic pump was chosen which features accurate single shot dispensing. The peristaltic technology eliminates the risk of contamination by ensuring nothing but the tube touches the fluid.

Siemens supplies Internalift pumps for water pollution control facility in California

The headworks and return activated sludge (RAS) systems at a water pollution control facility in Woodland, California, USA have been retrofitted with five stainless steel corrosion-resistant Internalift screw pumps from Siemens.

ClydeUnion Pumps forms joint venture in Indonesia

ClydeUnion Pumps has set up a joint venture with PT Duraquipt Cemerlang in Indonesia.

Weir funds research centre at University of Strathclyde

The Weir Group is investing almost £2 million in a dedicated research facility to be located in The University of Strathclyde’s newly established Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

Pumps on show at PVP event

A number of important pump manufacturers will be showcasing their products at the Pumps Valves & Pipes Africa Exhibition, which takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 7-9 June 2011.

Pump systems improve energy efficiency Pump systems improve energy efficiency

Armstrong has launched a series of pre-designed packaged pump solutions that have improved energy efficiency and reduced footprint.

Flowserve wins carbon capture pump order

Flowserve Corp is to supply process pumps for the carbon dioxide (CO2) capture process at Mississippi Power’s Kemper County integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power station project.

Powerful contractor pumps from Tsurumi Powerful contractor pumps from Tsurumi

Tsurumi has introduced four large contractor pumps designed for high-head, high capacity and high pressure work in rugged conditions, to the European market.

Yorkshire Water signs £6mn technology deal with Mitsubishi

UK water utility Yorkshire Water is to purchase industrial computer hardware and software from Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp to remotely control and operate its 750 clean and waste water treatment facilities.

Seal can improve MTBF

Seal specialist Scenic Seals, based in Taiwan, has developed Carlife 99SS, a single cartridge seal, for use in high impurity fibre, slurry, abrasive, and impure solid content duties.

Centrifugal market: optimism or growth?

Centrifugal pumps have dominated the global pump market for most of the last century. However, does the current financial crisis mean that their long growth potential is assured? Here, the market research organisation Frost & Sullivan considers some of the factors that continue to drive the demand.

Preventing blockages from heavy rag mass

Blockages at a European sewage treatment works were causing downtime and flooding. Replacement pumps were sought on a ‘try before you buy’ basis to prevent a repeat of previous problems. During the trial period, no blockages occurred, and the pump proved capable of coping with the flow without apparent damage or wear.

Grundfos plans global wastewater and water supply competence centre

Grundfos is setting up a new global competence centre for wastewater and water supply based near Copenhagen in Denmark.

Electric heating added to Blackmer pumps

Blackmer has upgraded the 4 in model of its NP Series Sliding Vane Pumps with optional electric heating.

Edwards supplies turbomolecular vacuum pumps Edwards supplies turbomolecular vacuum pumps

Edwards has won a contract to supply Quorum Technologies, a UK-based supplier of cryo preparation products to support electron microscopy (EM) instruments with its EXT75DX turbomolecular vacuum pumps for cryogenic preparation chambers used in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) applications.

ITT extends pump station range ITT extends pump station range

ITT Water & Wastewater has launched the TOPS 80, a 1.2 m diameter version of its Flygt TOPS packaged pump station range.

Kirloskar Brothers supplies its largest horizontal split case pump in India Kirloskar Brothers supplies its largest horizontal split case pump in India

India’s Kirloskar Brothers Ltd has manufactured its largest-ever horizontal split-case pump for an Indian installation.

Hydraulic Institute elects new 2011 board of directors and officers

The Hydraulic Institute, the largest association of pump manufacturers and suppliers to the pump industry in North America, has a new board of directors and officers for 2011.

Atlas Copco seals JC Carter acquisition

Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench has completed the acquisition of JC Carter’s pump business.

Asia will account for 43% of world pump market in 2011

Forty three percent of industrial pumps sold this year will be installed in Asia.

UK hosts new motor conference

A new motor conference will take place this November in Solihull, UK.

JC Carter delivers pumps for LNG terminal expansion in Portugal

Cryogenic submerged motor pump manufacturer JC Carter has supplied eight third generation, high-efficiency liquid natural gas (LNG) pumps to the Sines LNG terminal expansion in Portugal.

Griswold Pump receives ISO certification

Griswold Pump Company has received recognition as a ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System) certified company.

Efficient control with variable speed drives

A European wastewater treatment plant, built in an underground cavern, required an energy efficient and accurate water treatment process. The plant achieved this goal by using more than 50 variable speed drives, which provided the added benefit of reducing strain on the plant, leading to an increased operating life.

Energy efficient tool maintenance

Cost considerations and the trend towards energy efficiency have induced pump manufactuers to provide trouble-free solutions for machine tool maintenance. This article examines how centrifugal pumps with frequency-controlled motors, combined with the correct adjustment to their operating points, can lead to reduced lifecycle costs.

EagleBurgmann Germany appoints new CEO

Dr Stefan Sacré has joined sealing specialist EagleBurgmann Germany as CEO.