Flowserve launches new Learning Resource Center training labs
Flowserve Corporation, a global provider of fluid motion and control products and services, recently launched new instructional labs for its Learning Resource Center, which offers hands-on training in a simulated plant environment. The labs offer hands-on technical facilities for pump, valve and seal system optimization and maintenance training.
Three of the center's training labs enable participants to analyze equipment failures and determine their causes, learning first-hand how to prevent pump, seal and control valve failure. The inclusion of equipment from various manufacturers ensures that learning takes place in a real-world environment.
Four power labs feature 26 operational pumping systems, many with transparent piping and housings so participants have a real-time view of fluid motion and typical pumping system failures. Participants also learn to create pump curves, troubleshoot cavitation problems and perform "dead head" tests and other vital diagnostics.
Up to 50 percent of the training time at the LRC is spent working in the operational labs with the pump, valve and seal systems plant professionals use every day. Courses are specifically designed to increase participants' skill levels in equipment selection, installation, repair, failure analysis, and troubleshooting. Participants return to work with practical knowledge to improve plant performance, increase machine availability, lower the cost of maintenance, and improve plant safety.
"The Learning Resource Center presents another opportunity for Flowserve to help customers achieve success in their businesses," said John Jacko, chief marketing officer for Flowserve. "Utilizing equipment from Flowserve and other manufacturers enables our training center to create a real-world environment."
The LRC's instructional team has more than 100 years of combined experience in industries from water treatment to aerospace. Trainers have handled many specific engineering, operator and mechanical problems and are able to recreate and solve many of those problems in the operational labs.
Class size is limited, providing ample opportunity for participants to experiment and test the "what-ifs" of the equipment they use every day, as well as ask questions and discuss theoretical topics.
The Learning Resource Center is located in Irving, TX. Courses are also offered at Flowserve Learning Centers across the U.S. and on-site at plant locations around the world.
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