News for June 2011

News Archive

Schlumberger acquires multiphase subsea pump specialist Framo Engineering

Schlumberger is buying the remaining 47.25% equity stake in Norwegian multiphase subsea pump and meter supplier Framo Engineering AS from Frank Mohn AS.

Power station feedwater pumps

Proven satisfactory operating experience together with the lessons learned from the past provide a sound basis for commercial specifications. In this article, Dr Edward Grist reviews experience gained over a number of years applying this approach to the specifications for power station feedwater pumps.

Driving down operating costs

Reduced energy consumption, increased service life and, therefore, improved profitability – these are all possible using the latest industrial pump technologies. Such machines still offer huge potential for savings that can be tapped using a new system efficiency service.

Slurry pump range is tougher

Grindex has updated its Bravo series of slurry pumps to make them tougher and include 45W and 70 kW versions.

ITT and Saudi Aramco in pump procurement partnership

ITT Corp has signed a seven-year strategic partnership agreement with Saudi Arabian Oil Co (Saudi Aramco) to provide products and services, including pumps, for oil, gas and petrochemical projects in Saudi Arabia and internationally.

Grundfos Pumps cuts irrigation water consumption at Fresno facility

Grundfos Pumps Corp is to voluntarily halve the amount of potable water used to irrigate its 27-acre campus in Fresno, California during 2011.

Colfax to shut Portland plant

Colfax Corp is closing its plant in Portland, Maine, with production of its Portland Valve products moving to the company’s facilities in Warren, Massachusetts.

Franklin Electric realigns manufacturing operations

Franklin Electric Co Inc is closing its Tulsa Avenue, Oklahoma City manufacturing facility.

Sludge pump control cuts demand by 90% Sludge pump control cuts demand by 90%

ABB is launching a new ‘reactive’ method of controlling sludge in sewage treatment plants that could cut pumping demand by up to 90%.

Metering pumps are energy-efficient Metering pumps are energy-efficient

Iwaki America has developed a range of energy-efficient digitally controlled direct-drive diaphragm pumps.

AODD efficiency improvements

Recent advancements in air distribution systems (ADS), including efficiency management equipment, have resulted in drastically improved overall efficiencies of air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps. This, in turn, has resulted in better reliability and very considerably improved energy cost savings, reports Curtis Dietzsch.

Intelligent control of sewage pumps

Pump blockages and rags are a significant barrier to realizing energy and operational efficiencies in wastewater pumping throughout the world. In this case study, Graeme Moore of Scottish Water details the blockage problems at the company’s Levenhall Sewage Pumping Station and discusses the approach taken to their solution.

Sulzer Pumps opens service centre in Saudi Arabia Sulzer Pumps opens service centre in Saudi Arabia

Sulzer Pumps has opened a new service centre for engineered and pre-engineered pumps in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia to serve the local petroleum, power generation and water markets.

Weir Group acquires Korean valve manufacturer

The Weir Group plc is acquiring a majority interest in the South Korean valve business formerly operated by HIM Tech Co Ltd.

Amarinth completes pump testing facility

Amarinth has completed its new test facility at the pump company’s Rendlesham site in the UK, providing additional capacity to handle its ever increasing order book.

Motion & Control Industry Awards – call for nominations

The call for nominations for the Motion & Control Industry Awards will open in August.

Rolling bearings are lightweight Rolling bearings are lightweight

The Schaeffler Group has launched two new ranges of angular contact rolling bearings – the AXS and SGL series.

Valve withstands pressures of 5400 psid Valve withstands pressures of 5400 psid

Lee Products, a UK producer of fluid control components has developed a high pressure relief valve designed for flow control applications that require a high relief pressure and a high flow.

Kirloskar Brothers inaugurates new domestic pump plant in Coimbatore Kirloskar Brothers inaugurates new domestic pump plant in Coimbatore

Indian pump manufacturer Kirloskar Brothers Ltd has officially opened its new manufacturing facility in Coimbatore for small domestic pumps.

Schneider Electric expands Altivar line

Schneider Electric has developed a new Altivar 212 variable speed drive and a S-Flex enclosed version, designed to improve energy efficiency in pump and fan applications.

Managing solids in wastewater

Wastewater often carries solid wastes and its effective management to prevent blockages and prepare for any recycling is essential. Efficient pumps are needed, but so are mechanisms to remove all solid wastes, which may be rag, paper, sludges, biosolids and abrasive particles. Macerators provide one way of tackling the problem.

Miniature non-contact displacement sensors

There seems to be no end to the continuing drive towards the miniaturisation of displacement measurement sensors, particularly with regard to integrated electronics and to smarter sensors that offer an abundance of features. This article discusses how they can bring real advantages over existing technology.

Selection of gas compressors: part 1

Gas compressors find a wide range of uses, from internal combustion engines and industrial processes to domestic gas supply and refrigeration. In this first article of a nine-part series, Eduardo Larralde and Rafael Ocampo set out the basics, discussing the theoretical laws that govern the behaviour of compressors and the parameters fundamental to their design.

Grundfos supplies 5 millionth pump to BDR Thermea

Boiler manufacturer BDR Thermea has purchased five million Grundfos customised circulator pumps for boilers over the past five years.

Date set for Europump Eco-design roundtable in Brussels

A Europump roundtable on Eco-design will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 6 October 2011.

AODD diaphragms for paint and coatings duties AODD diaphragms for paint and coatings duties

Wilden has developed a new range of full stroke PTFE (Teflon) diaphragms for use on its air operated double diaphragm (AODD) pump lines that are used in paint and coatings manufacture.

F1 technology will monitor nuclear pumps in feasibility study

Cosworth Group and ClydeUnion Pumps have been awarded funding by the UK’s Technology Strategy Board to perform a feasibility study to improve the operational monitoring of nuclear pumping equipment.

Sulzer loses CEO Sulzer loses CEO

Sulzer president and CEO Ton Büchner is leaving the company to become CEO of AkzoNobel, the coatings and specialty chemicals company.

Wilden exhibits at SEMICON West Wilden exhibits at SEMICON West

Wilden will be exhibiting its Advanced Series plastic AODD pumps at SEMICON West 2011.

AxFlow Finland acquires pump service company

Finland’s AxFlow Oy has bought the Finnish pump service and piping contractor TM-Palvelu Oy.

Circulation pump with efficient motor Circulation pump with efficient motor

Herborner Pumpenfabrik has developed WATERblue-H, a self-priming pool water circulation pump.

High energy pumps: a major safety issue

Catastrophic failure is a possible outcome when inlet pipework is over-pressurized or when the rotor of a high-energy pump seizes. Both can result from the low-flow protection failing to act promptly. Dr Edward Grist shows that pipework layout, pump design and leak-off system design greatly influence the risk of failure.

Hydromashservice tests pipeline pumps

HMS Group company Hydromashservice has successfully conducted acceptance tests of new trunk pipeline pump units to be installed in the Purpe-Samotlor and ESPO-2 pipelines.

Hamworthy wins 11-vessel pump room systems order in China

Hamworthy is to supply pump room systems for 11 vessels being built for China Shipping Group (CSG).

ITT names key executives for new water company

ITT Corp has made two senior appointments in advance of the planned spinoff of a standalone water company later this year.

Chlorine analyser with flow regulator Chlorine analyser with flow regulator

GF Piping Systems has introduced a chlorine analyser which incorporates clear flow cell, flow regulator, sensors, filter and rotameter all in one unit.

Mono exhibits PC pumps at biogas event

Mono will be exhibiting its range of EZstrip progressing cavity (PC) pumps and grinders at the UK AD & Biogas 2011 event.

DEFRA invited to open motor conference

The organisers of the Motor Driven Systems (MDS) Conference have invited a representative from the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to open the two day Conference.

Ebara opens pump subsidiary in Korea

Japanese pump company Ebara Corp has opened a subsidiary in South Korea.

Tri-Tech awarded recycled water project in Tianjin

China’s Tri-Tech Holding Inc has won a US$1.46 million contract for the Tianjin Airport Economic Zone Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion project.

ITT backs Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act

ITT Corp has called on the US House of Representatives to pass HR 1802, the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2011, which aims to create jobs by encouraging private investment in water infrastructure upgrades.

Seal makes fail-safe syringe pump

A California-based provider of syringe pumps wanted to manufacture a fail-safe pmp that would run 24/7 and avoid breaking or leakages. Collaborating with a seal manufacturer led to the creation of a self-lubricating polymer seal that allows precision dosing of liquids and helps reduce downtime.

Reducing downtime for water in Wales

A Welsh water treatment supplier had problems with pumps that required a complete overhaul every six months, and greatly decreased process efficiency. Installing a new range of progressive cavity pumps made it possible to remove parts in situ and reduce maintenance downtime.

Shell streamlines lubricant range

Shell Lubricants has launched an improved range of industrial and transmission lubricants and greases.