News for April 2011

News Archive

Mouvex exhibits SLC series at food event

Mouvex will be exhibiting its SLC series of eccentric disc pumps at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo 2011, which takes place from 11-14 June 2011, in New Orleans, USA.

New president of Hertz Equipment Rental Corp

Lois Boyd has been appointed executive vice president and president of Hertz Equipment Rental Corp (HERC).

Businesses support motor conference

The organisers of a new motor conference say that it has attracted strong support from leading multi-national engineering businesses.

Axial flow impeller shapes: part 2

In this second of two articles concerning axial flow impellers, Punit Singh and Franz Nestmann of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology focus on backward curved impellers, revealing hydraulic behaviour that is interesting and unexpected in pump and turbine operations respectively. They also compare the performance of forward and backward curved impellers to determine the optimum impeller shape for turbines.

London calling for bridge maintenance

Tower Bridge is one of the most well known tourist sites in London, UK. But like other bridges it requires up to date technology to keep it running successfully. A new dewatering pump transfered rainwater and ground water from the River Thames to the surface, keeping the towers free of water and ensuring the future of this historic structure.

Grinder system protects pumps Grinder system protects pumps

Moyno says that its Max-Flow Annihilator grinder and debris handling system protects downstream pumps, valves and process equipment in water treatment plants and their lift stations.

ITT secures major power pump order in India

ITT Corp has received its first major order to supply Flygt circulating water pumps for the growing power market in India.

Wood Group divests Well Support division

Wood Group has completed the disposal of its Well Support division to GE Energy Manufacturing Inc.

Ebara transfers hydro turbine business to Voith Fuji Hydro

Voith Fuji Hydro KK, a joint venture between Fuji Electric and Germany’s Voith Hydro, is to take over Ebara Corp’s complete hydro turbine business with effect from 1 June 2011.

Tin materials suitable for high temperature bearings

Graphite Metallizing Corporation has developed a new range of tin based babbitt Graphalloy materials for high temperature bearing applications up to 350°F (175°C).

Subsea electric motor tests a success

Flowserve has successfully completed the full load performance testing of a 6.6 kV, 3.5 MW, high-torque subsea electric motor.

Torishima pumps selected for Indian and US power projects

Torishima Pump Mfg Co Ltd is to supply HLAV 250-310/1K boiler circulating pumps to Alstom for the Bara power project in Allahabad, India.

ITT names senior post spin-off management

Mike Speetzen and Frank Jimenez are to become chief financial officer and general counsel respectively of the new water company that will be formed later this year with ITT Corp’s spin off its defence and water businesses.

Tsurumi launches its strongest ever pump cable Tsurumi launches its strongest ever pump cable

Tsurumi has introduced its strongest ever pump cable to the European market. The rubber cable is durable and is designed to work with robust pumping equipment in the construction, quarrying and mining sector.

Blackmer expands range of motor speed pumps Blackmer expands range of motor speed pumps

Blackmer has developed two new models in its LGL150 Series of motor-speed pumps, and upgraded a version of its LGL158B motor-speed pump.

Energy usage in VWCS applications

The installation of vacuum wastewater collection systems to collect and transport domestic wastewater is increasing, leading to more frequent questions concerning their energy usage. Li Min and Zhou Jingxuan of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China have derived a theoretical model to provide the answers.

Ship motor monitoring helps reduce repairs

BP required condition monitoring of the seawater pump motors on board its fleet of marine hydrocarbon carriers. It installed a unit which takes information from the voltage and current of the motor, and uses intelligent mathematical modelling to monitor faults. Using this new technology, it found that impeller related damage was affecting the pumps.

Huntington Ingalls Industries wins US Navy pump and motor overhaul contract

Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc’s Continental Maritime (CMSD) division has secured a US Navy contract to provide pump and motor overhaul services aboard Navy ships within a 50-mile radius of San Diego.

Energy Recovery supplies PX devices for SWRO desalination plant in Spain

Degrémont has selected Energy Recovery Inc’s PX Pressure Exchanger (PX) energy recovery devices for the Marina Baja-Mutxamel seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant which is currently under construction near Alicante in Spain.

Met-Pro Duall air pollution control system order includes Fybroc pumps

Met-Pro Corp’s Environmental Air Solutions business unit is to supply a Duall brand air pollution control system, including Fybroc pumps, to a large industrial facility specialising in precious metals recovery.

Nanotechnology for industrial seals

Brisbane, Australia-based nanotech specialist TenasiTech Pty Ltd has developed a nano-composite thermoplastic polyurethane system for use in seals which, it says, can increase the operating time of pumps and lower costs.

Godwin Pumps opens branch office in Dallas, Texas

Dri-Prime manufacturer Godwin Pumps has opened a new branch office in Dallas, Texas.

Permira to buy BakerCorp

The private equity firm Permira is acquiring BakerCorp, a provider of containment, pumping, filtration and shoring equipment rental solutions, for US$960 million.

Water meters meet lead-free rules

Neptune Technology Group Inc’s bronze meters currently meet the future lead-free requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) as well as current planned revisions to National Sanitary Foundation/American National Standards Institute (NSF/ANSI) standards regarding lead in drinking water system components.

24-hour successful system changeover

When a social housing scheme’s heating system reached the end of its useful life, it looked as though the facility would have to shut down for maintenance during the winter months. The off-site construction of an integrated heating system made it possible for the changeover of the boiler plant to take place within just one day.

Using hybrids for flow maintenance

Using hybrids for flow maintenance Frank Hassert discusses why many applications benefit from using multifunction hybrid pumps, which combine side-channel technology with standard centrifugal pumps. The side-channel pump hydraulics enable the pump to achieve pump heads many times higher than those generated by a centrifugal pump.

Releasing the power of coal-bed methane

A European pilot production coal-bed methane extraction plant required an alternative to the electrical submersible pumps used for dewatering. The pumps were difficult to size correctly, and would be difficult to remove for repairs. High pressure, triplex positive displacement pumps were selected as an alternative, providing an efficient and effective solution.

John Crane secures significant first-fit order for Australian LNG project John Crane secures significant first-fit order for Australian LNG project

John Crane GmbH has won a major new contract to supply engineered sealing technology solutions to a major Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production project in Australia.

Framo Engineering wins major Chevron subsea pumping contract

Chevron USA Inc has awarded Framo Engineering the contract for engineering, procurement, manufacturing and delivery of complete subsea pumping systems for the Jack and St Malo fields in the Gulf of Mexico.

Flowserve makes wireless acquisition

Flowserve Corp has bought the assets of FEDD Wireless LLC, a small, privately owned wireless data acquisition company based in Houston, Texas, USA.

Kirloskar Brothers commissions India’s largest concrete volute pumps

Kirloskar Brothers Ltd has successfully commissioned India’s largest concrete volute pumps for condenser cooling water at the country’s first Ultra Mega Power Project.

New vacuum range at German event New vacuum range at German event

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum has introduced its MAGiNTEGRA and DRYVAC lines at the COMVAC compressed air and vacuum technology event, which took place in Hanover, Germany, from 4-8 April 2011.

New line of priming assisted pumps New line of priming assisted pumps

Gorman-Rupp has developed a new line in its Prime Aire pumps range which it says offers increased head and flow, with enhanced maintenance features.

Fire pumps introduced in US

Crimson Fire, Inc, a US-based manufacturer of custom and purpose-built fire apparatus, is introducing two high performance lines of fire pumps.

Demonstration of 90,000 psi water jet at show

Jet Edge, Inc plans to demonstrate its 90,000 psi water jet cutting technology at the EASTEC 2011 Advanced Productivity Exposition, which takes place from May 17-19 in West Springfield, US.

Kirloskar discovers oldest pump

Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL), the largest manufacturers and exporters of Pumps in India, has found, at 51 years, the oldest pump manufactured by KBL.

Sulzer moves into wastewater with Cardo Flow Solutions acquisition

Swiss engineering giant Sulzer has signed an agreement with Assa Abloy to acquire Cardo’s Flow Solutions business for CHF858 million in cash.

Engineers’ changing perception of ‘pots’

Potentiometers have been around for a long time and are still, by far, the most commonly used position sensor in pumping systems. So why does every design engineer seem to be looking for a non-contact alternative? Mark Howard from Zettlex Ltd examines this phenomenon and explains the pros and cons of potentiometers.

Climate-friendly service for hotel

While a completely carbon neutral solution is not yet possible, a luxury hotel in Copenhagen comes close to achieving it by deploying some of the latest environmental and energy technology on the market. A ground water cooling system allows recycled heat from the summer months to be used during the cold winter months.

Wilo completes range of glanded pumps Wilo completes range of glanded pumps

Wilo has completed its Wilo-Stratos GIGA range of glanded pumps driven by EC motors.

ITT develops hand-held water pump

ITT Corporation has launched AquaCharge, a portable, rechargeable and fully submersible hand-held water pumping solution.

New CEO for Cardo

Juan Vargues, the head of ASSA ABLOY’s Entrance Systems division, has been appointed CEO of Cardo, replacing Peter Aru.

Drive can be controlled locally or remotely

Grosvenor Pumps, based in Cornwall, UK, has developed the Varitronic electronic control drive for industrial automation applications.

Pentair to buy Norit’s Clean Process Technologies business

Private equity firm Doughty Hanson is selling portfolio company Norit Holdings BV’s Clean Process Technologies (CPT) division to Pentair Inc in a €503 million deal.

AODD pumps for paint and coatings AODD pumps for paint and coatings

Wilden has developed a range of bolted style replacement air operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps for paint and coatings manufacture.

WEFTEC 2011: registration and housing now open for Los Angeles event

Registration and housing are now open for WEFTEC 2011, the Water Environment Federation’s 84th annual technical exhibition and conference that takes place 15–19 October 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

New range of pumps for high-pressure extrusion

Maag has improved its trudex series of gear pumps for high-pressure extrusion.

ITT launches US$5000 water challenge on InnoCentive

ITT Residential & Commercial Water and ITT Watermark have launched an Ideation Challenge on InnoCentive to help address water issues worldwide.

Grundfos delivers strong growth in 2010

Danish pump maker Grundfos has returned to pre-recession activity levels, with 2010 turnover of DKK19.6 billion, profit before tax of DKK2.4 billion and record profitability of 12.2% of turnover.