News for May 2011

News Archive

Almatec E-series pumps on display Almatec E-series pumps on display

AODD pump specialist Almatec will be exhibiting its E-Series of AODD pumps at InterSolar 2011. The InterSolar show will take place from 12-14 July in San Francisco, USA.

Blackmer introduces transport pump Blackmer introduces transport pump

Blackmer has added a transport pump to its line of positive displacement sliding vane transport pumps.

Bulgarian army base uses Tsurumi pumps

Forty seven Tsurumi pumps are providing a complete wastewater solution at a military training base in Bulgaria.

Europump elects new president Europump elects new president

KSB senior vice president Dr Sönke Brodersen is the new president of Europump, the European Association of Pump Manufacturers.

Griswold redesigns website

Griswold Pump Company has redesigned its website at

Cat Reman partners on pumps with Weir Minerals

The Fargo, North Dakota-based Caterpillar Reman Drivetrain Ltd facility has entered into a commercial agreement with Weir Minerals-North America of Madison, Wisconsin, to provide tailored engineering solutions to increase the life of Weir Minerals’ industrial pumps and components.

Viking Pump creates pump museum to celebrate 100th anniversary

In celebration of its 100 year anniversary, Viking Pump has set up a historical museum which allows visitors to travel with the pump company through the last 100 years.

KSB pumps cool water in Qatar KSB pumps cool water in Qatar

KSB AG has secured a multi million euro order for pumps for one of the world’s largest seawater cooling plants in the industrial city of Ras Laffan in Qatar.

Healthy attitude to carbon footprint

A new health and leisure centre in the UK required a holistic approach to the energy-efficiency of its HVAC system. A range of centrifugal pumps for heating and cooling, and complete pressure boosting systems allowed the centre to reduce its carbon footprint, focus on energy saving, and stay healthy for longer, aiding the whole community.

Hospital boiler helps house efficiency

A European hospital identified that an advanced technology combined heat and power (CHP) plant would reduce energy costs and reduce overall carbon emissions by generating its own electricity. By using 3D computer modeling it was able to determine how best to optimise the space and reduce footprint, significantly reducing any impact the project might have on day-to-day care.

Baker Hughes wins Chevron Big Foot ESP contract

Baker Hughes Inc is to supply electrical submersible pumping (ESP) systems and production packers for seven producing wells for Chevron USA Inc's Gulf of Mexico deepwater Big Foot Project.

Fire-fighting equipment for confined spaces Fire-fighting equipment for confined spaces

KSB Aktiengesellschaft has developed a new fire fighting system specially developed for installation in confined spaces.

Ebara produces 100 000th dry vacuum pump Ebara produces 100 000th dry vacuum pump

Ebara Corp’s Precision Machinery Company has shipped its 100 000th dry vacuum pump from the company’s Fujisawa plant in Japan.

Crane appoints new chief operating officer

Max Mitchell, president of Crane Co’s Fluid Handling Group, has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the parent company.

Groundwater remediation removes hydrocarbons Groundwater remediation removes hydrocarbons

Oil skimmer specialist Abanaki Corp has developed six groundwater remediation systems designed for a variety of groundwater contamination applications with specific site requirements.

Jet pump range suitable for different installations

Franklin Electric says that its VersaJet range of jet pumps can be configured with a variety of pressure and flow choices in both shallow and deep set installations.

Monitor can replace solenoid valves

Samson Controls says that its Type 3738 electronic valve position monitor works with a NAMUR signal in compliance with IEC 60947-5-6 and is powered by a two-wire supply.

Godwin Pumps opens branch office in California

Godwin Pumps has opened its latest branch office in Poway, California, serving the San Diego area.

CEO first at Armstrong

Canadian pump manufacturer SA Armstrong Ltd has appointed its first CEO in the company’s 77-year history.

The challenge of leak-free pumping

With their leak-free design, high reliability and reduced footprint, canned motor pumps are capable of handling even the most difficult liquids safely and economically. As the requirements for environmental protection and safety increase, demand for these pumps is growing steadily. Bryan Orchard provides the details.

GE high tech for oil & gas sector

GE Oil and Gas provides turnkey solutions for refinery and petrochemical applications. World Pumps asked Claudio Materazzi, Chairman of the company, about the sectors it addresses and the rationale behind the company’s recently launched liquid CO2 re-injection pump, designed to remove oil from depleted fields

Pumps suitable for solar-cell manufacturing

Almatec says that the solid-block construction of its E-Series air-operated diaphragm pumps make them suitable for use in solar-cell manufacturing.

High pressure hydraulic pump for bolt tensioning High pressure hydraulic pump for bolt tensioning

Tentec, a US based supplier of bolt tightening equipment, has launched an electric-driven, high-pressure hydraulic pump for use with its Aero range of bolt tensioning equipment.

Improved diaphragms easier to install

Wilden has recently improved the design of its Wil-Flex Diaphragms to allow for easy installation.

Improved current diverter ring Improved current diverter ring

Rotating equipment supplier Inpro/Seal has released a new version of its current diverter ring (CDR).

Amarinth strengthens UK OEM sales operation

Centrifugal pump maker Amarinth has appointed a new UK original equipment manufacturer (OEM) sales manager.

Thompson Pump hosts 21st annual Pumpology School Thompson Pump hosts 21st annual Pumpology School

More than 45 people from 16 US states and two foreign countries attended Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co Inc’s 21st annual Pumpology School.

Edwards opens vacuum pump plant in Czech Republic Edwards opens vacuum pump plant in Czech Republic

Vacuum pump specialist Edwards has officially opened a £47 million state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Lutín, Czech Republic.

Pentair closes Norit Clean Process Technologies acquisition

Pentair Inc has completed the acquisition of Norit Holding BV’s Clean Process Technologies (CPT) division in a €503 million deal.

Black & Veatch to upgrade two Thames Water treatment facilities

Black & Veatch has been appointed principal contractor for a programme of works that will enhance and expand sludge treatment operations at Thames Water’s Basingstoke and Bracknell Sewage Treatment Works in the UK.

ITT wins US$74mn pumping contract for Indian irrigation project

ITT Corp is supplying two water pumping stations for Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd’s Kutch Branch Canal (KBC) Lift Irrigation Project.

New approach to cylinder measuring

Using sensors to measure the displacement of hydraulic cylinders has meant that the sensors can be susceptible to dirt, dust and soiling. These limitations demand a new approach. By integrating a draw-wire displacement sensor, piston rods no longer have to be deep bore drilled using specialist equipment.

Optimal control in sewage applications

This paper describes the possibilities for energy optimisation in sewage pumping stations, and why continuous optimisation is necessary in order to gain the full benefits. Here we look at new up and coming features that will enhance performance-on-demand, ensuring that minimum energy consumption is always obtained despite of changes in the system.

Sealless plastic pumps suit aggressive fluids

Pump Engineering’s new range of magnetically driven, sealless pumps is suitable for handling aggressive and challenging fluids, the company reports.

Vane pump for transfer duties

Varna Products has developed Xtreme Duty 4 (XD4), a whisper vane transfer pump for transfer applications where extreme high and low temperatures are possible.

ITT names strategy head for new water company

Colin Sabol is to lead strategy and business development for the standalone publicly traded water company that ITT Corp will spin off later this year.

HMS Group supplies pump station to Surgutnaftegaz

HMS Neftemash has delivered a pumping unit to Russian oil and gas company Surgutneftegaz.

Energy Recovery pumps selected for desalination plant in Bahamas

Consolidated Water Co will use Energy Recovery Inc’s PX Pressure Exchanger devices and AquaBold pumps for a major expansion of the Bahamas Water and Sewerage Corp’s Blue Hills large-scale seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) project.

Hydroflo Pumps adds assembly facilities in Panama and Nebraska

Hydroflo Pumps USA Inc has opened its first international assembly facility in David, Panama and another domestic assembly plant in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Amarinth wins its first pump order in Saudi Arabia

Just weeks after centrifugal pump manufacturer Amarinth signed GAS Arabian Services as its agent for Saudi Arabia, the new partnership has secured an order from Saudi International Petrochemical Co (Sipchem) for an API 610 petrochemical pump.

Bornemann Pumps develops subsea skimmer

Germany’s Bornemann Pumps has developed a subsea skimmer that can clean up deepwater oil leaks before they reach the surface.

Improved version of software for rotating machinery

ABB has announced a new release of Analyst, a redesigned and improved version of its graphic analysis package for evaluating the health of rotating machinery.

Amarinth moves into Malaysian pump market

Centrifugal pump manufacturer Amarinth has secured Petronas approved vendor status and signed Geveke Oil & Gas Malaysia Sdn Bhd as its agent for Malaysia.

AxFlow buys Swedish pump distributor

AxFlow AB has acquired Swedish pump distributor Chemo-Invest Specialpumpar.

Heat pump available in modular system

Afriso, a German manufacturer of heating devices has developed PrimoTherm, a 180 heating pump assembly used in closed thermal heating systems to circulate heating water or water-glycol mixtures.

Local relief from Australian flood

The floods that hit Australia at the beginning of 2011 were devastating. In Queensland alone, the floods covered an area the size of France and Germany combined. Here’s how one company provided each dealer in the affected areas with submersible pumps to be used as free loan pumps to assist local communities with their relief efforts.

Soft-starting drives help regulate flow

A significant water reclamation plant in Singapore required variable speed drives to handle its sewage pump motors. Careful handling was required to avoid torsional stress on the motor shafts, which were liable to break. A range of medium voltage variable speed drives offered smooth starting and improved water flow.

Early warning monitor for pump systems

Bell & Gossett has introduced a new intelligent monitoring device that provides an early warning signal of pending pump trouble.

Wilo’s 2010 sales exceed €1bn

German pump manufacturer Wilo SE says that 2010 was the most successful year in its 139-year history, with sales exceeding €1 billion for the first time.

Strong first quarter gains for ITT Fluid Technology

ITT Fluid Technology’s first quarter 2011 revenues increased 24% year on year to US$992 million, driven by acquisitions as well as strong organic growth in its Water and Wastewater and Residential and Commercial Water businesses.

SPX secures orders for double diaphragm pump head

SPX has received several on-shore and off-shore orders for its Bran + Luebbe brand double acting double diaphragm pumphead.