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Pumps June 2, 2022

Using fire pump speed as a design consideration

Pump speed has always been a critical factor in assessing fire protection system performance and can now be used as much more of a design consideration

By Milosh Puchovsky
Pumps May 29, 2021

Matching feed water pump designs with gas fired power plants advances

Gas turbine manufacturers have developed larger and more efficient units, which need to be supported by advanced feed water pumps (FWP) to ensure long-term reliability as well as cost-effectiveness.

By Patrick Welz
Pumps November 27, 2020

Technology for legacy pumps developed

Every industrial process delivers benefits for people around the world and nearly all of them involve a pumping operation at some point and keeping these essential assets operational is an important task.

By Daniela Haldenwang
Pumps October 4, 2020

Process sensors, wireless transmitters, help pump diagnostics

Applying vibration and temperature sensors with wireless transmitters, paired to local or cloud diagnostics, can help keep pumps running safely and reliably. 

By Mark T. Hoske
Pumps May 12, 2020

Optimization of a plant cooling system design

Size a feed water pump; consider heat-exchanger options; determine cooling system power and energy use

By Doug Kolak
Pumps September 1, 2019

BFP-3510D Big Shot by Goodway Technologies

The unit comes fully equipped with a 10 HP (7.5 kW) or 15HP (Diesel) motor, a triplex plunger two-gun, alternate shot pump.

By Goodway Technologies
Pumps July 22, 2019

Association names international officers for 2019-2020

The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) named Brian Larry as chairman of the board for the 2019-2020 administrative year.

By Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA)
Pumps March 1, 2019

Design envelope pump by Armstrong Fluid Technology

The Design Envelope pump ranges from 1 hp to 250hp.

By Armstrong Fluid Technology
Pumps March 1, 2019

KPP05 Piston Pump by Kinitics Automation

The KPP05 Piston Pump is a shape memory alloy-based, positive displacement pump

By Kinitics Automation
Pumps March 1, 2019

Ductless Minisplit Heat Pump System by Bosch

The Ductless Minisplit System has separate indoor and outdoor units and only requires a 3-inch diameter opening through a wall to run the drain pipe.

By Bosch
Pumps March 1, 2019

220TV rotary piston pump by Tri-Rotor

The 220TV Rotary Piston Pump immediately responds to changes in the discharge line.

By Tri-Rotor
Pumps March 1, 2019

Model 7950 valve by AGF Manufacturing

The Model 7950 Automatic In-Line Air Vent (ILV) features a separation chamber engineered to remove air

Pumps March 1, 2019

Sample pro portable pump by QED Environmental

The Sample Pro Portable Pump is free of groundwater contaminants

By QED Environmental
Pumps March 1, 2019

ICSH Dual Position Solenoid Valve by Danfoss

The ICSH Dual Position Solenoid Valve provides a gradual, time-controlled opening for a smoother pressure buildup in an evaporator.

Pumps November 2, 2018

Windfalls for pallets and bearings

Two industries in our factory operating materials and supplies report are enjoying A+ margin grades. This means the combination of rising product prices and falling manufacturing costs has created an inflation windfall for producers of wooden pallets (SIC 2448), as well as ball and roller bearings (SIC 3562).

By Staff
Pumps November 2, 2018

Oil absorbing pads

Oil Eater absorbent pads are designed to provide a safer and cleaner workplace. The family of products includes oil only pads and rolls, universal pads and rolls, industrial rugs, absorbent socks and drum top pads. All are available in a variety of weights and finishes. Universal Pads and Rolls are specially treated MBPP making them ideal for general workplace use.

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 2018

Offshore pumps provide a lesson for manufacturers

Manufacturing faces a series of maintenance challenges on dry land. When you move the manufacturing process to an offshore oil rig, those challenges become magnified. It's vital to maintain operational efficiency in all areas, and pumps are clearly one of the highest-stressed areas on a rig.

Pumps November 1, 2013

Steamtip of the month: Steam-powered condensate vs. electric pumps

What are the advantages of steam-powered condensate pumps over the electric pump?

By Spirax Sarco
Pumps October 30, 2013

Waterhammer: How much do you know?

As soon as steam leaves the boiler, condensate takes place in the pipe due to heat loss. This situation is even more intense during the initial supply of steam and when the steam is cold.

By Spirax Sarco
Pumps October 24, 2013

9 things to know about electric pumps

Select the right pump; assure pumps meet standards, regulations; beware pressure shock.

By Spirax Sarco
Pumps June 26, 2013

Integrated pump services market poised to grow

Frost and Sullivan study finds new technology and staff restrictions will expand use of services

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Pumps January 17, 2013

Sludge blanket level detector

The Automatic Sludge Blanket Level Detector improves energy efficiency while processing incoming water or treating wastewater

Pumps December 4, 2012

Unthrottle your profits

Tips for boosting pump efficiency and reliability

By Mike Pemberton, ITT Goulds Pumps
Pumps June 1, 2012

Modine Manufacturing to expand presence in heat pump market

Racine-based company acquires Geofinity Manufacturing of B.C.

Pumps April 8, 2011

Grundfos “Pumps on Tour” kicks off its 55-city expedition

The fully equipped mobile education vehicle will offer the contractor and engineer practical information and hands-on training in the latest technologies for residential and commercial pumps from Grundfos.

By SOURCE: Grundfos
Pumps March 23, 2011

Adjustable speed drive reduces pressure buildup

P9 adjustable speed drive for the pump industry is ARRRA-compliant and is designed to reduce pressure buildup and energy consumption

Pumps July 6, 2010

Dry pumps

A new range of dry pumps delivers high vacuum performance and enables full process integration. The compact GXS pump features unique screw technology and enables users to optimize their processes resulting in a low cost of ownership and a reduced footprint. The GXS is robust and reliable. It has a long pump service life of up to five years and is virtually maintenance free, even in harsh applications.

Pumps April 6, 2010

Material flow controller

This self-contained controller can operate a variety of material flow aid devices to ensure that materials flow freely through a hopper, bin or silo - even at variable flow rates.

Pumps March 24, 2010

Dirty service control valve brochure

Emerson has published a new brochure that describes Fisher cavitation control for dirty service applications. The brochure introduces four Fisher technologies that can be used in severe liquid flow conditions.

Pumps March 1, 2010

Sensorless drives

The M-Max series of sensorless vector adjustable frequency drives features a compact design, impressive torque response, and simple handling. Including both single and three-phase devices, the microprocessor-based drives incorporate standard features that can be programmed to tailor the drive’s performance to suit a wide variety of applications, including: conveyor belts, transport drives...

Pumps January 6, 2010

Corrosion-resistant pressure switches

This line of pressure switches has been enhanced to be more corrosion-resistant and environmentally friendly, featuring RoHS-compliant Chromate 3 plating, which reduces the potential for corrosion and rust.

Pumps January 1, 2010

Pipe coupling

The Style 177 QuickVic flexible coupling has no loose parts and requires no disassembly before installation. Using hand tools or an impact wrench, the coupling fits onto the ends of a pipe, fitting or valve. The coupling features EHP gasket material for performance from -30 to 250 F and is designed for applications rated up to 1,000 psi.

Pumps January 1, 2010

Ball valves

The compact, lightweight BVP70/BVP80 series features a stainless steel external trim and FKM O-Rings Standard. It is designed to operate using an air supply of 3.5 to 8.6 bar (50 to 125 psi) and the direct valve stem coupling to actuator shaft minimizes backlash. Electric actuators feature two ½ NPT conduit ports and integral thermal overload protection.

Pumps January 1, 2010

Nine finalists for AHR Innovation award

Nine companies offering a variety of exciting, new and innovative products have been selected as winners of the prestigious AHR Expo Innovation Award. The winners will be honored at a special ceremony during the industry’s leading exposition in Orlando, on Jan. 26. In addition, one of these nine category winners will be selected as the overall winner of the 2010 AHR Expo Product of the Y...

Pumps January 1, 2010

Study: HVAC demand in U.S. to reach $17 billion by 2013

Demand in the US for heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment is forecast to increase 4.5% per year to $17 billion in 2013, according to “HVAC Equipment”, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm. Advances will be driven by a projected recovery in residential construction from a low 2008 base.

Pumps December 18, 2009

Pneumatic, electric ball valves

The pneumatic- and electric-actuated ball valves are compact, lightweight and feature stainless steel external trim and FKM O-rings.

Pumps November 18, 2009

New kind of skilled workers needed to fill manufacturing gap

The dominant mood among those in political power is one of continued crisis. Every day brings a new and greater challenge that only the wise heads of government can hope to solve. The manufacturing sector has not been immune to this approach as every utterance from the Obama White House paints a grim future for manufacturing in the U.S. Comments from the new manufacturing czar, Ron Bloom, are nearly as bleak.

By Chris Kuehl, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International
Pumps October 28, 2009

Aging workforce: How will companies, workers cope?

A proactive approach to a skills deficiency is imperative for a company hoping to remain competitive. Let's face it, many industrial companies will be competing for the same group of skilled workers in the future. Here are five steps to help you survive a pending skill shortage in your company.

By Michael V. Brown and Alexandra L. Galli-Debicella, New Standard Institute, In
Pumps October 1, 2009

AC motors

The IronHorse general purpose ac motor line has been extended to include 3-phase 1,200 RPM six-pole and 3,600 RPM two-pole models. Six new 56C 3,600 RPM rolled steel motors are now available, ranging from 0.33 hp to 2 hp; 13 new T-frame cast iron motors in 3,600 and 1,200 RPM models are available in sizes from 1 hp to 10 hp.

Pumps September 24, 2009

ARC study: AC drives market expected to grow

Emphasis on energy, sustainability will help push recovery in market, study finds

By Bob Vavra
Pumps September 1, 2009

Pneumatic catalog

The SC-300 pneumatic directional control valve catalog has recently undergone major revisions to reflect new part numbers and product line changes. The new 92-page catalog is now available and covers many of the most popular directional control valve lines. Operator types include solenoid, air pilot, manual and mechanical.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 2009

Be a change agent to win the manufacturing game

These are interesting times we live in. Sometimes you need to be a change agent to survive. With changing times, some of us will be changing jobs. And as a change agent, there are many challenges to overcome whether starting a new position, starting in a new company or starting in a new market. There are some big issues to focus on when you are in that situation.

Pumps July 30, 2009

Motor monitoring relays

Motor monitoring relays now include phase monitoring, which uses microprocessor-based designs to protect against phase loss, reversal, unbalance, undervoltage and overvoltage conditions.

Pumps July 1, 2009

What do you need to know, now?

In our Facebook-obsessed, Twitter-gone-mad world, you can find out anything instantly. It should come as no surprise that most of the stuff you find out is stuff you don't need to know. We now live in a world where professional athletes Twitter from the bench and one major news story – the death of Michael Jackson – can bring an entire system to its knees.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Pumps July 1, 2009

Linear sensor

The Q25L sensor is a magnetically actuated linear displacement sensor designed to detect piston position on pneumatic cylinders. Available with measuring ranges of 100, 125, 160 and 200 mm, the Q25L is well-suited for applications that require precise signal transmission over long measuring distances such as pneumatic pumps, slides, blanking or molding systems.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps April 30, 2009

Valve manufacturers seeing positive signs

The Valve Manufacturers Association estimates a 5% decrease in industrial valve shipments for 2009, the first such decrease in a decade. However, 2009 VMA chairman Sam Bennardo remains optimistic.

By Bob Vavra
Pumps April 2, 2009

Plug-and-play automated blowdown system

With an intelligent controller design featuring PID output, the Model 61 boiler blowdown system modulates the blowdown control valve to facilitate the maximum level of dissolved solids regardless of load conditions.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps April 1, 2009

Air gun

The single air nozzle Super Blast safety air gun delivers 23 pounds of blowing force. Suitable for long distance, wide-area blowoff, drying and cooling applications, the gun incorporates a large Super Air Nozzle that is engineered to maximize entrained airflow and force while reducing compressed air use and noise.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps April 1, 2009

Oil-lubricated screw compressor

Suitable for applications requiring large use of compressed air, the 350 hp S 341 screw compressor is available in standard pressures of 8, 10 and 13 bar. Output capacities range from 1,119 cfm to 1,441 cfm. The unit’s horizontal pre-separation system is designed to ensure low oil carry-over in all operating phases, and the patented GM drive system, along with a multi-function regulation ...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps April 1, 2009

Automated blowdown system

The Model 61 boiler blowdown system modulates the blowdown control valve to facilitate the maximum level of dissolved solids regardless of load conditions. A rack-mount, plug-and-play system, its modular design includes a 316 stainless-steel sediment trap and sample cooler, a temperature gauge, a sample control valve and a safety relief valve.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps March 20, 2009

Pilot valve

The Series 3510 two-way, two-position normally open or normally closed solenoid/air pilot valve accommodates a small size per Cv of flow.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps March 6, 2009

Solenoid-driven diaphragm liquid metering pump

Mountable in almost any position, the FMM20 solenoid-driven diaphragm pump for metering liquids comes factory-calibrated to dispense volumes at 20 μl-per-stroke.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps March 1, 2009

Spell it right: It should be ‘By American’

The so-called “Buy American” provision of the new economic stimulus package is like plastic surgery – it may make you feel better about yourself, but it’s simply cosmetic. And there’s always something that can go wrong during the procedure. The stimulus bill was designed to pump up jobs by pumping up badly needed infrastructure projects around the country.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Pumps March 1, 2009

Sanitary bag-dump station

A new sanitary bag-dump station for pneumatic conveying systems collects dust created during manual dumping of bulk materials.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps February 20, 2009

Sump level regulator

The sump level regulator is specifically designed to maintain tank fluid levels.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps February 1, 2009

10 benefits of using adjustable speed drives

Adjustable speed drives can be used in most applications where motors power mechanical equipment. Drives provide precise electrical motor control, enabling motor speeds to be ramped up and down or maintained at a required speed. The obvious benefit is the motor and drive use only the require amount of energy, rather than having a motor run at a fixed speed.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps January 22, 2009

Stackable solenoid valve

The versatile 3900 solenoid valve series can be stacked into a multiple output bank of solenoid valves with a single inlet.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps December 16, 2008

Air motors

Dynatork air motors have been redesigned to lower air consumption, increase reliability and eliminate the need for lubrication.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps December 4, 2008

Knife gate slurry valve

The Fabri-Valve SV1 push-through slurry valve features a Guillotine Gate design that slices through high-density slurry at an angle and prevents the seat from cutting and tearing.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps December 3, 2008

Market this: Sales configuration, quoting, and proposal solution pumps up e-powered products maker

ePrize, a worldwide leader in interactive promotions, is using the BigMachines data-hosting services platform to simplify quoting processes.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Pumps December 1, 2008

Combustion testing instrument

The SOX2 Combustion Check standalone tool measures flue gas %O2, temperature and calculates %CO2 and % excess air.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps December 1, 2008

Lightweight pressure calibrators

The 719 electric pressure calibrator has a built-in electric pump that makes it possible to quickly calibrate and test pressure devices with one hand, and a cleanout port.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps December 1, 2008

Plastic butterfly valves

BYB series industrial butterfly valves feature a rugged, one-piece plastic body that can stand up to high flow rates and elevated stress conditions.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps December 1, 2008

Pneumatics brochure

Energy Efficiency in Pneumatics discusses energy cost savings through intelligent use of pneumatics and provides three main areas of achievable cost savings related to compressed air consumption.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps October 31, 2008

Diaphragm valves

The Saunders Exelon range of diaphragms for industrial diaphragm valves handling chemically aggressive slurries found in mining, titanium dioxide and phosphate processing. The valves are made of a compound based on an ethylene propylene technology. The diaphragm valves provide enhanced flex life, which results in reduced down time, 70% improvement in elastic recovery and maximized rebound resilience.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps October 15, 2008

Ultrasound World hits beach in January

UE Systems presents the latest incarnation of its annual conference. Ultrasound World V will be held Jan. 18-21, 2009, at Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach, FL.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps October 3, 2008

Air handler

The Envision series air handler is available in 2-and 5-ton capacities. Designed for R-410A refrigerant, the air handler is configurable as either a dx or a hydronic coil. The air handler features a variable-speed fan motor, a field-adjustable, four-position design, a factory-installed thermal expansion valve, a 1-inch filter rack and a corrosion proof stainless steel drain pan.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps September 15, 2008

Tire pressure monitor kit

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System kit is designed to help with TPMS sensor maintenance during tire and rim changes.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps September 15, 2008

Viscosity sensor

The CE- and ATEX-compliant MXBOC viscosity sensor measures viscosities from 0.1 to 100,000 CPS, requiring 40-psi dry air and a three-way, 24-Vdc air valve. PLC-compatible, it’s designed for both water and solvent-based applications with tanks between 7 and 26 inches deep.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps September 15, 2008

High-viscosity drum pumps

The FPUD500 series of high-viscosity drum pumps comes with TEFC- or air-driven motors.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps September 15, 2008

Spanning the globe, and finding our common ground

The completion of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad proved once again that the people of the world can come together peacefully in pursuit of a common goal. In the Olympics, it's sport. It's not always perfect, but sport doesn't demand perfection; only the effort toward perfection. In that effort, we find the best of who we are.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Pumps August 15, 2008

Pump

An alternative to piston pumps and conveyors for dewatered sludge transfer, the 2000 HS system features the high-efficiency G4 progressing cavity pump with proprietary Ultra-Feed rotor technology. The pump's 45-degree inlet allows the system to lower friction loss and provides gentle product handling.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps August 15, 2008

Duplexing pump

The Series DPC is designed for use where two pumps are required to alternate to provide equal runtime on each. The 120-Vac-controlled relay alternates each time a control switch opens. Two LED indicators show the load that is energized by an SPDT output relay. Model DPC-ACS provides an automatic alternating sequence, while the DPC-ALS also offers an A-B or B-A sequence lock selectable by a thre...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps August 1, 2008

Position sensors

The LP 750 Series of hermetically sealed linear position sensors serve as replacements for failing potentiometers in industrial position measurement applications such as machine tool positioning, hydraulic cylinder positioning, valve position sensing, and automatic assembly equipment. The AST.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps July 15, 2008

Heat-transfer compound

Diff-Tranz heat-transfer compound increases the efficiency of platen heaters by maximizing their contact with the vacuum diffusion pumps on which they are installed. The compound fills gaps between the irregular surface of the pump’s boilerplate and the smooth surface of the heater, ensuring uniform transfer of heat to the boilerplate.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps June 24, 2008

Backflow protection valve

The Waterflex check valve provides low head-loss in high- pressure potable water applications.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps June 24, 2008

Exhaust valves

Equipment damage during start-up and shutdown of air-operated equipment can be reduced by the Norgren Excelon P72F-2AC-PFA series designed to block inlet air and exhaust downstream air when a pilot signal is removed

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps June 15, 2008

Pump reliability starts with a firm – and flat – foundation

The reliability of a centrifugal pump begins when the pump is initially mounted to its baseplate. Baseplate flatness can be a determining factor in ease of installation, alignment and reducing future meantime between failures.

By George Ceelen, ITT Goulds Pumps
Pumps June 4, 2008

PECC valve to retire

Precision Engine Controls has retired its first-generation VG series gas fuel metering valves.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps May 15, 2008

Connector

The WEH 17 series connector provides calibration of control valve actuators during manufacturing or in field applications.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps May 15, 2008

Valve connectors

The 5F and 5J DIN solenoid valve connectors feature CSA approval.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps May 15, 2008

Heating compound

Diff-Tranz heat-transfer compound increases the efficiency of platen heaters by maximizing their contact with the vacuum diffusion pumps on which they are installed.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps April 15, 2008

Lever action barrel pump

Model 1340 lever action barrel pump is designed for industrial and other applications.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps March 28, 2008

Intensifier pump

The iP55-280DS diesel-powered waterjet intensifier pump is suitable for use in remote and mobile locations where electricity is scarce.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps March 28, 2008

Isolation valve

The TYPE IVE mechanical isolation valve guards against the passage of hot particles, glowing embers and flames.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps March 19, 2008

Vacuum cups

Vacuum cups are designed for handling round, oval and other hard-to-grip shapes with either smooth or textured surfaces.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps March 15, 2008

Vacuum inlet trap

The MV Multi-Trap 16-inch vacuum inlet trap features a knock-down stage, two stages of user-selectable filter elements and cooling coils that remove condensable byproducts and corrosives from deposition process lines. Constructed of 304 stainless steel with ISO-160 flanges, the trap protects vacuum pumps used in ALD, HCD, Nitride, TEOS and TiN processes.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps March 14, 2008

Gate valve

The Series DX slurry knife gate valve is designed for heavy slurry applications in the power and mining industries.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps February 15, 2008

Vacuum receiver

The Tube Hopper is a straight-walled vacuum receiver with a full opening discharge valve that prevents material from bridging and rat holing in the hopper. The vacuum receiver facilitates filtration of the system with pleated filter bags. The vacuum conveying system maximizes the air-to-cloth ratio of the system to keep the positive displacement vacuum pump running smoothly.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps February 15, 2008

Seal component

The Air Mizer product line uses minimal amounts of air pressure to seal shafts where dry particulates, powders and where the handling, processing, packaging and storing of bulk solids occurs. Seals are installable on screw conveyors, mixers, blenders, rotary valves, feeders, gates, clinker grinders and bucket elevators.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps January 17, 2008

Power generation engine

Featuring a modular design and integral construction, the 16-cylinder 16CM43 engine generates up to 14.4 MW of power and is designed for simplified maintenance, high efficiency and low emissions.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps January 15, 2008

Split-system heat pump

The York Affinity YZH series 18 SEER split-system heat pump is designed for simple installation and maintenance. Featuring complete system control, all models are equipped with an exclusive microprocessor that includes a demand defrost control system. This system constantly monitors the entire system; defrosting cycles occur only when necessary.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps December 15, 2007

Remote air-pilot valve

The Series APV-10 is a two-way, two-position, air-piloted valve that can be controlled by either a three-way or four-way solenoid valve or a hand-pilot valve. Its media-separated reciprocating piston operator controls air, fluids, fluid emulsions, water or any other media that is compatible with the valve body materials.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps December 15, 2007

Check valves

Series FPV plastic flap check valves are suitable for use where backflow could cause damage to pumps, filters or process equipment and operate without requiring adjustments or settings. Line pressure moves the solid plastic flap off the elastomer seat, opening the valve. When inlet flow stops, back pressure moves the flap back onto the seat, stopping flow.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps November 16, 2007

Tee-type pipeline strainer

Fabricated tee-type pipeline strainer protects expensive pipeline system components such as pumps, nozzles and instrumentation by removing unwanted particulate matter from the system flow.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps November 15, 2007

Enclosed drive controller

The S-Flex enclosed drive controller is designed for pump and fan applications. Pre-programmed drive parameters enable simple startups. The drive offers harmonics reduction technology that eliminates the need for line reactors and dc chokes. Windows-based software allows users to adjust parameters; store and transfer drive configuration files; monitor drive performance – including histori...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps November 15, 2007

Pulp paper pump

The 3500XD is a medium-consistency paper pulp pump that features X-Ducer technology and a patented air-separation device that minimizes or eliminates fiber pull through the vacuum system. The X-Ducer agitates paper pulp to assist flow into the pump inlet while separating air from the water and fibers, and it can be retrofitted to existing pumps.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps November 15, 2007

Shaft seal

The Articulating Air Mizer-PS is designed to use minimal amounts of air pressure to seal shafts in applications where dry particulates, powders and bulk solids are handled. The product features a wall of air that functions as a barrier for contamination, and working shaft diameters range from 1/2 to 36 inches.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps November 15, 2007

Waste collection system

Designed to collect materials ranging from oil to coolant to numerous other non-hazardous fluids, the collection center and pump system features a 7-gallon Burpless waste collection center and an evacuation pump kit. The system can be set up for portability or flexibility, and it can be connected to most drums or bulk collection containers with a 2-inch NPT bung opening for direct draining.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps November 15, 2007

Metal pump

The Pro-Flo X Advanced Series model PX1500 is a 3-inch metal pump that comes equipped with the Pro-Flo X air distribution system, which is complemented by a patent-pending Efficiency Management System. An integrated control dial gives users variable control of flow and the ability to determine the efficiency point for the application.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps November 2, 2007

Weak output may presage slower growth

The economy showed signs of downshifting as manufacturing cooled last month and consumer spending slowed in September, bolstering expectations of weak growth into early next year.

By SUDEEP REDDY, The Wall Street Journal
Pumps October 15, 2007

Particulate sensors

Particulate sensors are suitable for protecting blowers, turbines and vacuum pumps in power conveying, gas processing and heat recovery applications. They’re designed to be virtually maintenance-free and include 4-20 mA, Modbus and Ethernet communication capabilities. Display and alarm functions are also included.

By Staff
Pumps October 15, 2007

Solenoid valves

The Series 3505 solenoid valves for air, water, emulsion and inert gas control are two-way, two-position, closed or open valves that feature a forged brass body and an encapsulated coil construction. The valves have a zero minimum pressure differential, a full-flow 1/2-inch orifice and are available in 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2-inch NPT.

By Staff
Pumps September 15, 2007

Hosedown stations

The STVM-iLoc line of steam/water hosedown stations provides hot water for washdown by blending steam and cold water to the required temperature. The ball-valve interlocking system eliminates the need to re-adjust the desired temperature settings each time the unit is used. The washdown station features an automatic shutdown, which turns the system off when the temperature raises 15 F above the...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps September 7, 2007

Bin-weigh batching system

The system features a high-velocity vacuum fan that draws airborne dust from the operator’s atmosphere onto two cartridge filters.

By Staff
Pumps August 15, 2007

Metering pumps brochure

A ten-page brochure details the Tacmina PZ Series of electronic metering pumps. The patented pumps are available in manual control, external input and programmable models. Models PZD-32/52 and all PZiG models have built-in calibration and allow direct entry of feed rate in ml/min. A flow-checker is available to measure flow on smaller models.

By Staff
Pumps August 15, 2007

Cylinder and pin clamp

The redesigned Power Lock cylinder provides more power and greater holding force, and the enhanced standard pin clamp adds vanadium carbide coating, providing extra hardness and resistance to wear. The pin clamp can be designed for a range of applications, with sizes and pin designs to meet virtually any requirements.

By Staff
Pumps August 10, 2007

Analysis indicates accuracy driving demand for metering pumps

Analysis indicates accuracy driving demand for metering pumps In response to demand for precise equipment, metering pumps market participants have augmented their R&D efforts to manufacture pumps with greater accuracy, repeatability and reliability.

By Staff
Pumps June 15, 2007

Hand cleaners

Heavy-duty pumice lotion, orange pumice lotion and smooth orange lotion hand cleaners are available in 15-ounce bottles.

By Staff
Pumps May 23, 2007

AC drive family

The Altivar line of variable frequency ac drives is designed for HVAC pump and fan applications. The line features a local/remote button so users can take control of it for testing and troubleshooting, and has a compact footprint, allowing side-by-side mounting to save panel space. The drives offer up to 40 hp at 240 V and up to 100 hp at 480 V.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps May 15, 2007

Flanged ball valve

The 4000 Series (150 or 300 ANSI) flanged ball valve comes in either full or standard port designs. The body is available in carbon or stainless-steel; trim (ball and stem) is 316 stainless. The valves are fire-tested to API607 Fourth Edition and ISO 10497, with TFM seats providing high-temperature performance and chemical resistance.

By Staff
Pumps April 15, 2007

Evaporative coolers

AZEVAP evaporative coolers do not have pumps, floats, belts or sumps. The technology monitors incoming dry-bulb and wet-bulb conditions and delivers the exact amount of water to meet heat transfer requirements. Technology and design are also available for two-stage, indirect, make-up air and gas turbine inlet cooling.

By Staff
Pumps March 30, 2007

Pump series

The RTP20 1.0 liter/rev pump is based on the RTP30 platform and offers configuration flexibility and ease of maintenance. The series' tri-lobe design, customizable per customer specifications, is compact, light-weight and features removable feet. Multiple mounting configurations facilitate vertical or horizontal adaptation.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps February 1, 2007

Lighting control transformers

Now available in RoHS-compliant designs, lighting control transformers automatically reset after experiencing an overload situation. The environmentally safe transformers are suitable for lighting control panels or wherever Class 2 protection is required to actuate banks of relays, contactors, solenoid valves, pilot lamps or similar loads.

By Staff
Pumps January 12, 2007

Hose tester

Designed for testing hoses from 4,500 to 60,000 PSI, the hose hydrostatic test system is equipped with two Maximator air-driven liquid pumps.ced lifting door for easy access to the test chamber. Safety devices are included to prevent operation in unsafe conditions, and the door has a Lexan window for viewing hose tests.           Maxpro Technologies www.maxprotech.com.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps January 1, 2007

Hand tools

KNIPEX tools include water pump pliers, lineman’s pliers, long-nose pliers, diagonal cutters, cable cutters, wire rope cutters and bolt cutters. These pliers are part of the more than 3,600 tools available for the industrial, contractor and MRO markets. All Wright-manufactured products are U.S.

By Staff
Pumps December 1, 2006

Parker Hannifin drives 2-D, 3-D CAD online

Motion and control system manufacturer Parker Hannifin is providing online access to an expanded library of 2-D and 3-D CAD drawings of its products through an extension of its partnership with ThomasNet.com. The company’s newest online offerings include millions of new CAD models from its Veriflo Division, which manufactures precision valves, regulators and surface mount components for t...

By Staff
Pumps November 30, 2006

Houstex 2007 joins International Pump Users Symposium March 6-8

The HOUSTEX 2007 Exposition and Conference will be colocated with the International Pump Users Symposium presented by the Texas A & M University Turbomachinery Laboratory. The event, being held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, March 6 to 8, 2007, will include a range of conference and discussion sessions and a tradeshow emphasizing the technology that pumping equipment users need.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps November 29, 2006

ESR Technology’s Pump Centre sees membership grow to record numbers

ESR Technology recently announced that its Pump Centre has seen its membership numbers reach record levels this year. The Pump Centre is the largest membership organization for pump users, manufacturers and suppliers in the UK, the company said. It provides a range of services to its members, including fast access to problem solving expertise, free and discounted engineering training courses, participation in development projects, access to technical information, and it provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and numerous marketing and networking opportunities. The Pump Centre ’s membership has increased to sixty-five organizations this year. “This has been a very encouraging year for the Pump Centre ,” said John Howarth, Pump Centre manager.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps November 15, 2006

GE Healthcare to add automated protein separation media production

GE Healthcare's Life Science division in Uppsala, Sweden has placed an order for automation systems to be used in the production of protein separation media. The automation systems are part of the development of a new production plant to meet the increasing demand for separation media based on agarose and dextran. Worth approximately $4 million, the automation is based on ABB's 800xA Extended Automation system, which provides control and monitoring of tanks and reactors, batch control plus control functions for automatic valves, stirrers and analog measurement signals for the process. The systems also include functions for the assembling and handling process, operational data management with functions for reporting and archiving. This project will also take advantage of the ABB PCEquipment Library, a generic, reusable software suite for batch applications that distributes the control intelligence throughout the control hierarchy, thus enabling truly generic, pre-tested and re-usable library objects to be provided for units, equipment modules and phases.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps November 3, 2006

ASHRAE winter meeting centers on energy efficiency

ASHRAE will be showing off its technical expertise during the 2007 AHR Expo at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Jan. 29-31. For the first time, 16 technical sessions will be held during the ASHRAE winter meeting. Designed to share ASHRAE’s technical guidance with expo attendees, the sessions include topics such as vibration control, energy-efficient ventilation systems, using ground-source heat pumps in schools and new BACnet capabilities. "Offering attendees an opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in technology via the technical program complements the Expo, which features those advancements being incorporated into products and equipment," said Ginger Scoggins, chair of the program committee. In addition, ASHRAE will present a comprehensive technical program at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, Jan.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps November 1, 2006

Multipump dispensing system

The GT multipump dispensing system allows multiple-liquid transfer stations to operate simultaneously from a single compressor running at 2 psi. The system features a regulator with a low-volume air pressure gauge, automatic external pressure relief and automatic shutoff, quick-connect air fittings on the manifold and each pump.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 2006

Float system

The Multi-Flow Series float system is a single-point watering system for flooded, lead acid batteries. It comprises a group of patent-pending valves connected by plastic tubing, replacing battery vent caps. To operate, a water-supply is attached to a quick-connect fitting on one end of the tubing. Water subsequently flows through the tubing to each battery cell, and as the cells reach the desig...

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 2006

Filter & transfer cart

Featuring an ergonomic design with a low center of gravity, the Model 634 filter and transfer cart has an industrial-grade internal gearpump that's designed for quiet operation. It handles many kinds of fluid, including high-viscosity oils, and offers multiple filter elements. Quick-disconnect fittings on the return hose facilitate conversion to transfer-only mode, and a three-way valve is incl...

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 2006

Pressure-powered condensate pump

The Pivotrol PTF4 high-capacity pressure-powered condensate pump is capable of pumping up to 40,000 pounds per hour in rapid-cycling process environments and under elevated pressure and temperature conditions. A patented, pressure-balancing body ensures the unit's dual pumping mechanisms share the pumping load equally.

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 2006

Multi-pump dispensing system

The GT multipump dispensing system allows simultaneous multiple liquid transfer stations to operate from a single compressor line with only 2 psi. The pumping system is designed to expand capability and streamline operations where multiple process chemicals are dispensed. The system features a regulator with a low-volume air pressure gauge, automatic external pressure relief at 6 psi, and autom...

By Staff
Pumps September 1, 2006

Crimping tool

Offering trouble-free tool operation, the PAT750XT-18V incorporates the latest engineering technology with a patented high-speed hydraulic pump, transmission and piston design. The battery-actuated hydraulic tool provides a consistent, reliable connection on up to 750 kcmil copper and aluminum terminals and splices.

By Staff
Pumps August 31, 2006

Labor Day report provides snapshot of U.S. economy 

While the National Association of Manufacturers’ annual Labor Day Report is good news for manufacturers, soaring energy costs are hurting manufacturing workers at the pump and in their paychecks. “The report provides a snapshot of the U.S. economic performance over the past year,” said John Engler, president and CEO of NAM. Manufacturing production increased at its fastest pace in six years and jobs on the factory floor have posted their strongest gains since 1998. “But while workers’ total compensation has continued to outpace inflation, wages have not,” Huether said. “Surging energy prices have propelled inflation at a faster pace than workers’ take-home pay and have resulted in declines in real wages for working Americans.” “Over the past year energy prices have risen 23% due to increased global demand, limited domestic supplies, natural disasters and global instability,” Engler said.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps August 25, 2006

Battery-actuated crimping tool

The PAT750XT-18V incorporates the latest engineering technology with a patented, high-speed hydraulic pump, transmission and piston design. The battery-actuated, hydraulic crimping tool provides a consistent connection on up to 750 kcmil copper and aluminum terminals and splices. Its 2.6-AH, high-capacity, 18V Ni-MH battery eliminates voltage depression, maximizing the number of crimps per charge, the company reports.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps August 1, 2006

Adjustable drain valve

The EDV-2006 terminator solenoid drain valve removes condensate from air systems. It drains compressed air equipment, including filters, dryers, drop legs, receiver tanks, separators and after coolers. The valve has adjustable open times and cycle times, an integrated “Y” strainer and a test function, which enhances the EDV-2006’s performance, the company said.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 2006

Bulk bag unloader

An FIBC can be placed in the bulk bag unloader by forklift, hoist or crane from floor level. As an option, a hoist on a monorail can be furnished, if desired. A bag frame holds the suspension loops of the bulk bag and can be raised. When lowered, the bottom of the bag rests on a sealing ring while the tension on the bag loops keeps the bag upright.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 2006

Vacuum pump

A modular, high-capacity vacuum pump inlet trap for new or retrofit installation with 300-mm wafer fabricators and processes such as nitride, TEOS, TiN, AlO3, and BPSG. The MV multi-trap, 16-inch vacuum inlet trap features a first stage knock-down baffle, multiple stages of user-selectable filtration, and can be equipped with a cooling option for condensables.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 2006

Hand-operated pump

The KidBilly adapters allow GoatThroat to be used with the Rieke Flexspout, eliminating chemical spills and back injuries. Featuring a custom design, the adapter turns the Rieke Flexspout into a rigid receptacle for GoatThroats and other pumps. During the transfer of fluids, the adapter creates a safe, clean and productive work environment by keeping the containers in an upright-fixed position.

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 2006

Manual pumps

A new line of manual pumps are simple to install and are designed to transfer a wide variety of fluids quickly and safely. Since the pumps don't require any air or electricity to operate, they can be used virtually anywhere and are very cost-effective. The three main types of pumps in the new line are red, blue and green.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 2006

Rotary control drive

The Group 11E rotary control drive is certified for applications in Class 1 Division 1 locations which present an ignition or explosion risk. Beck Group 11 drives are used for automatic modulation of dampers, quarter-turn valves and other final control elements which require fine, responsive control.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 2006

Four features used to define RCM

We could say the overriding preventative maintenance motivation can currently be simply characterized as "preserve equipment." Almost without fail, our current maintenance planning process starts directly with the equipment, and its sole purpose is to specify actions required to "keep it running." But recognize from the outset that Reliability-Centered Maintenance is not just another cleverly ...

By Anthony M. Smith and Glenn R. Hinchcliffe
Pumps January 1, 2006

Mechanical boosters

The SN7000, SN14000 and SN30000 are the largest mechanical boosters in the BOC Edwards industrial vacuum range. The SN Series provides pumping speeds of 7,000 to 30,000 m3/h (4,125 - 17,700 cfm) making them ideal for large industrial and chemical applications including, steel degassing, metallurgy, coating, electron beam welding and the process engineering industries.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 2006

Washfountain

The Bradstone Classic Washfountain can withstand heavy-duty use. Designed for high-traffic areas, the washfountain features nine-inch deep bowls for fast hand and arm washing. Bradstone is a light-weight plastic material made of reinforced polyester resins, inorganic fillers and fade-resistant pigments.

By Staff
Pumps December 1, 2005

DaimlerChrysler: The road to excellence

While there's a lot to be said for continuous improvement, every once in a while it's nice to stop, look around and survey what has been achieved. At manufacturing facilities such as Chrysler's Belvidere, IL assembly plant, such a survey resulted in its selection as PLANT ENGINEERING's Top Plant for 2005.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Pumps November 1, 2005

Coupling guard for ANSI/ISO pumps

Type PCG pump coupling guards are made specifically for ANSI and ISO pump connections. The guard has trim & fit convenience, low initial cost, safety compliance, simplified installation and reduced maintenance. The guard is simply trimmed to length and attached to the foundation with four fasteners.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 2005

Centrifrugal pump withstands high pressure

Ultra V is a solids handling, self-priming centrifugal pump that offers performance levels never before achieved by pumps of this type. It withstands higher pressures, provides higher flows greater efficiency and time saving maintenance features. The pump line handles up to 60% higher pressure and up to 40% increased flow compared to other pumps of its size.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 2005

Condensate pump designed for long life cycles

Pivotrol pressure powered condensate pump is engineered for dependable steam system condensate recovery in rapid-cycling process environments and under all pressure and temperature conditions. The pump mechanism replaces pins and linkages with pivots, which reduce friction and wear, lengthening service life.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 2005

Cartridge-type mechanical pump seal

Seal Plus is a versatile single and double cartridge mechanical seal for pumps. Features include: economy, self-setting cartridge design that eliminates measuring, fully balanced design for higher pressures and optimum fluid film, Aflas O-ring pusher design for reliability, tapped connections and standard premium elastomers and seal face materials.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 2005

Easy-to-use control handles

Soft Touch Pneumatic Control Handles can be used with any air actuated end effector. These handles are a direct replacement for any standard pneumatic handles. They are engineered for easy use, reducing the potential for fatigue and repetitive stress injuries and require less than 1.5 pounds of depression force.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 2005

Self-adjusting speed control

Top Flo was developed as a self-adjusting speed control system that will allow the load to be tilted at the same speed regardless of the size of the load, resulting in a safe and controlled tilt. The speed control has a metering valve and flow control assembly to provide the impassive performance. Topper Industrial: www.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 2005

Spot cooler for small spaces

Office Pro 36 delivers 36,000 Btu/hr of cooling for up to 2,400 square feet Features include low temperature operation, which provides a cool environment for heat-sensitive equipment; an AFCI plug, a safety feature that protects against electrical arcing; and programmable controls for automatic operation.

By Staff
Pumps October 10, 2005

Invensys announces asset performance management solution

In an effort to build a link between the operations and maintenance side of plant operations, Invensys Process Systems announced Oct. 5 its new asset performance management solution designed to put both sides of the plant productivity equation together with the same information. “I believe this is a pivotal day for Invensys Process Systems,” said president Mike Caliel. “What I think you’ll see from us is a more continuous rhythm as we build this model of asset performance management.” Caliel said the new asset performance solution allows both operations and maintenance to operate off the same platform, and in a cooperative fashion.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps July 1, 2005

Reader Feedback – 2005-07-01

Review tank designs first I read PLANT ENGINEERING every month. There is always good information. However, as I read the May 2005 Solutions tip titled "Changing hoses and fittings" I was alarmed. Though your "Safety First..." disclaimer does generically cover most concerns with this idea, it does not cover the mechanical design of the tank to which someone might apply this tip.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 2005

Solutions – 2005-05-01

Applying drill pressure Problem : Drilling holes in awkward positions is difficult because it is hard to apply much force with one hand. Is there an aid available? Solution : Make a manual assist by combining a handle bar, chain, and hooking arrangement. Applying pressure on the drill with the handle bar greatly improves drilling ease. This tip was originally published in September 1997.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 2005

Ohio program pushes innovation success for smaller manufacturers

The University of Cincinnati and TechSolve, the Ohio Edison Technology Center, have been awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Development to improve product development for Ohio's small and mid-sized manufacturers. The $1.88 million grant will incorporate Lean Manufacturing methods and tools to create new products and innovative ideas in less time, and with greater chance for success in...

By Staff
Pumps April 26, 2005

Enhancing pressure decay leak testing with hydrogen trace gas

Pressure decay has been the most widely used method of leak testing in manufacturing production lines for decades. However, the pressure decay method has significant shortcomings, such as limited sensitivity and the inability to determine the location of leaks. A relatively new technology, hydrogen leak testing, addresses these shortcomings.

By Dr. Claes Nylander, President, Sensistor Technologies
Pumps November 10, 2004

Fluid Handling – 2004-11-10

Pump systems The Hydraulic Institute has approved a National Pump Systems Educational Initiative called "Pump Systems Matter." The program will place a primary focus on pump systems education and outreach, addressing energy savings and total cost of pump ownership. To learn more about the program call Robert Asdal at 973-267-9700 x13. Hydraulic Institute pumplearning.org Write 301 on PE card Hose assembly safety Hose Assembly Safety Program is a free service to industry. Since hose assemblies in plants can be a source of equipment malfunction, dangerous spills, and personal injury, this program was developed to help manufacturers identify conditions that pose a risk to plant production and safety.

By Staff
Pumps July 8, 2004

HVAC retrofit project requires high-level innovation

Back in the late 1950s, air-conditioning had not yet become a routine part of building construction. So it wasn't a consideration when the L-shaped Building 101 on Boeing's St. Louis campus was first constructed in 1958, nor when a second phase was added in 1962. In 2001, however, Boeing began taking a fresh look at Building 101.

By Lisa Johnson, Project Manager for Construction, Boeing, St. Louis, MO, and Gary Gossett, Project Manager, Alberici Constructors, Inc., St. Louis, MO
Pumps May 10, 2004

Solutions – 2004-05-10

Sandy fingers PROBLEM : Copper pipe and fittings have to be prepped for joining by sanding them clean. This is a tedious and messy job. Is there a way of doing this that is fast and easy? SOLUTION : Get some adhesive-backed sand paper that is used on sanders.

By Staff
Pumps April 8, 2004

Fluid Handling – 2004-04-08

A seal deal Integrated Cartridge Program was developed to improve sealing methods for ANSI, process, and general-service pumps by offering users a cohesive line of high-quality, interchangeable, cartridge seals. The program allows users to: purchase cartridge seals at lower cost, minimize inventory needs, boost overall reliability, extend sealing efficiencies, and obtain quick delivery. Flex-A-Seal flexaseal.com Write 304 on PE card Stop pump spills Spill-STOP is designed to prevent spills caused by diaphragm failure in air-operated diaphragm pumps. It features a patented design that captures leaked product caused by a ruptured diaphragm and pneumatically shuts off the pump automatically.

By Staff
Pumps December 10, 2003

Human Side – 2003-12-10 – 2003-12-10

Workers protest Incentive plan deemed unfair To say that the workforce objected to the company's recently announced incentive plan would be the understatement of the year. The union kept haranguing management with worker protests of unfairness. Since the plan was part and parcel of the collective bargaining agreement, Union Delegate Frank Delgrasso demanded detailed information related to the time-study analysis on which it was presumably based. Although annoyed by what he regarded as harassment, Plant Manager Al Levinson complied. His compliance didn't satisfy Delgrasso. He persisted in claiming that there were too many loopholes and too much confusion. As patiently as possible, Levinson tried to explain every item presented to the union delegate's satisfaction. Delgrasso kept shaking his head.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Pumps November 1, 2003

Human Side – 2003-11-01 – 2003-11-01

Regular out sick Can management pick sub? Was it a virus, or what? Maintenance Supervisor Oscar Coleman had no idea. But whatever the problem, what he did know was that Group Leader Ernie Stollen's absence was causing him problems. Coleman called Ernie at home and spoke with his wife. "What's the story, Edna?" She sighed.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Pumps October 10, 2003

Fluid Handling – 2003-10-10

Measure flow A web site, fluidcomponents.com , is a comprehensive resource that offers extensive applications, product data, and guides to selection information about measuring fluid and gas mass flow and level. The site includes an online Application Evaluation Program, Applications Library, and FAQ Library. Troubleshooting is available via e-mail through E-Flow Tech Support. Fluid Components Intl.

By Staff
Pumps September 5, 2003

SymCom Interview

Warren Leopold interview with Mark Baker

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps May 19, 2003

Advances in VOC/HAP control technology  

Since the Clean Air Act (CAA) was enacted in 1970, and amended in 1977, and again in 1990, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has continued to tighten the limits on emissions of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).  Fortunately, the development of new air pollution control technologies has kept pace with changing EPA regulations. 

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps April 28, 2003

Solutions – 2003-04-28 – 2003-04-28

Pulling wire over ceiling tile • Problem : When installing a sound system in an existing room with a dropped ceiling, wires must be pulled from one side of the room to the other. Is there an easy way to do this without disturbing the tiles? • Solution : Most rooms don't have a diagonal measurement greater than 30 ft. Remove the ceiling tiles from both ends of the wire path.

By Staff
Pumps April 28, 2003

Fluid Handling – 2003-04-28

Tag pipes and valves A professional pipe marker and valve tag take-off service is an easy method for plant managers to determine their plants' requirements. Merely provide an up-to-date set of drawings. The service will develop a list of systems to be identified, quantity of markers needed, and total material cost.

By Staff
Pumps March 15, 2003

Fluid Handling – 2003-03-15

Hybrid reel ReelTek is a hybrid reel design that includes a base and arm made from steel, a spool constructed of lightweight, engineered composite components, and an industrial-grade swivel. The spool contains a drive spring that protects it from the environment. The latch mechanism is mounted on the arm, making quick-change adjustments easy and ensuring the hose will always retract.

By Staff
Pumps February 15, 2003

Ultrasound simplifies steam trap inspection

The cost of leaking steam traps can be huge. If steam, for example, costs $5/1000 lb, a leaking trap with a 1/8 in. orifice in a 50-psi system would waste 29.8 lb/hr, or 260,333 lb/yr. The energy waste from this trap would be $1302 annually. In a system with 100 traps and an estimated failure rate of 25%, the annual cost would be $32,541.

By Alan S. Bandes, Vice President, UE Systems, Inc., Elmsford, NY
Pumps February 15, 2003

Solutions – 2003-02-15 – 2003-02-15

Making round holes • Problem: When drilling through thin sheet metal, often the hole ends up out-of-round and a bolt will not pass. How can the hole be made round enough to pass a bolt? • Solution: To make the hole round, run the drill bit through the hole until the shank of the drill bit is in the sheet metal. This rounds out the hole to let a bolt pass through. Contributor: Wayne E.

By Staff
Pumps July 15, 2002

Higher costs already showing impact

Factory managers who need to tighten their budgets for operating supplies will find the going gets tougher in 2003. That's because the margin cushion that suppliers built this past year has been rapidly disappearing. Increases in the costs of raw materials, specifically steel and petroleum-related products, are squeezing producers.

By Staff
Pumps April 15, 2002

Don’t slip on lubricating oils

Plant engineers who buy operating materials and supplies need to watch two products carefully. Three months ago, the lubricating oils and greases (SIC 2992) industry and the wood pallets and skids (SIC 2448) industry were registering declines - and in the case of oils, rapid declines in their average production costs.

By Staff
Pumps January 15, 2002

Some prices finally fall

Regular readers of this column may notice that the demand data in the Plant Engineering operating materials and supplies table have been revised downward. In some cases, the revisions are significant. For example, in the 12 months ending July 2001, end-market demand for lubricating oils was revised from 7.

By Staff
Pumps December 1, 2001

Literature Offers – 2001-12-01

Pallet racks Advantages of Steel King's SK3000 structural bolted pallet rack are explored in a 12-p brochure. The cost-effective and safe storage rack system is made of hot rolled structural channel steel frame columns, structural angle frame braces, and high strength dual-bolt beam connections. Steel King Industries, Inc. steelking.com Write 316 on PE card Waterproofing systems Traffic-bearing waterproofing systems designed to restore and protect concrete parking garages and decks are the main topic of Neogard's Auto-Gard brochure.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 2001

Suggestions & Solutions – 2001-11-01

Save a buck on pumping systems Life Cycle Cost is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to analyzing pumping systems. It logically and clearly presents engineering, design, specification, and analytical methodologies for optimizing pump system designs and maximizing pumping system lifetime cost savings. The guide contains formulas and a step-by-step calculation chart, system designs for maximum ROI and minimum cost, and an extensive bibliography supplemented by case histories. Hydraulic Institute pumps.org Write 251 on PE card Collect dust and oil mist Free CD-ROM contains new product information, product drawings, and details of over 25 different products for dust and oil mist collection.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 2001

Invisible heroes

The attention lauded on the New York police, firefighters, and other rescue workers -- both living and dead -- in the wake of the World Trade Center disaster has been tremendous. And rightly so. They are bona fide heroes.But there is another group of people who have remained relatively invisible -- the facilities professionals who worked there in near obscurity.

By Richard L. Dunn Editor
Pumps October 1, 2001

Joining pipe

Piping refers to the overall network of pipes, fittings, flanges, valves, and other components that comprise a conduit system to convey liquids. Whether a piping system is used to convey fluids from one point to another or to process and condition the fluid, piping connections serve an important role in the operation of the system.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Pumps July 19, 2001

Abatement system cost-effectively controls NOx and VOCs

A Selective Catalytic Reduction system from Durr Environmental helped Engelhard, a manufacturer of automotive catalysts, reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen at its plant in Huntsville, Ala.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps July 1, 2001

Payback method —Too simple and too expensive

According to the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP), 86% of the manufacturers surveyed do not use a life cycle cost model when designing new capital equipment projects. Indeed, the design and installation philosophy of many companies appears to be one of lowest installed cost and minimum adequate design (MAD).

By Ron Moore, Managing Partner, , Knoxville, TN
Pumps June 29, 2001

Fluid calculation software improves with vendors’ partnership

Engineered Software's PIPE-FLO v.7 program will soon link with Molecular Knowledge System's Cranium program for calculating physical properties of pure chemicals and mixtures.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps May 1, 2001

Improving pipe thermal maintenance performance with bolt-on jacketing

Key concepts Jacketing is used to maintain temperature, not reach it. Bolt-on jacketing has lower initial and life-cycle costs. Jacketing should not cross-contaminate the product. Maintaining the proper temperature in process lines remains a vital issue in difficult, hot chemical processes. At stake in the solution is product integrity, throughput, freedom from production interruptions, an...

By Henry Gaines, PE, Controls Southeast, Inc., Charlotte, NC
Pumps March 1, 2001

Limit the chances of a fire sprinkler leak

If a fire sprinkler has discharged water in the absence of a fire, an investigation should be undertaken to determine why the sprinkler operated.

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 2000

Keeping your skills up-to-date

Finding, training, and keeping skilled workers are serious problems facing every plant engineer. Maintaining an up-to-date skills-base has always been a challenge.

By Jeanine Katzel , Senior Editor, Web Content, 630-320-7142, jkatzel@cahners.com
Pumps September 1, 2000

Nine reasons why hydraulic hoses fail

Key concepts Hose life is cut short by factors that can be controlled. Poor routing is a leading cause of hose failure. Don't operate hoses at their pressure and temperature limits.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 2000

Understanding boiler bypass lines

Key concepts Boiler bypass lines must be installed with care to prevent serious difficulties from developing in the system.

By Mark Hegberg , ITT Industries, Morton Grove, IL
Pumps July 1, 2000

Watch your e-mail box

No, we're not warning you about another virus. We're alerting you to an upcoming Plant Engineering e-mail survey and asking for your help.

By Jeanine Katzel, Senior Editor, Web Content, 630-320-7142, jkatzel@cahners.com
Pumps April 1, 2000

Building job security: Take charge and become a “value-added” manager

What's the toughest part about the facilities business? When everything works, no one notices. Maintenance is ahead of schedule, pumps are pumping, lights are burning, and wheels are turning. From that perspective, everything is great.

By Nick Campbell, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
Pumps April 1, 2000

Dust explosion strategies

Dust explosions are one of the most challenging, complex, dangerous, least understood hazards facing industry today. On one level it is not hard to understand what a dust explosion is: A loud noise, accompanied by a pressure wave and a lot of heat.

By William J. Stevenson III, CV Technology, West Palm Beach, FL
Pumps March 1, 2000

Eliminate pump cavitation

Captive acceleration tube virtually eliminates pump cavitation and its destructive and expensive results. Cavitation is the collapsing of gaseous formations in the pumped fluid that causes erosion and pitting.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 2000

Containment pallet hardcover

Two-drum roll-top hardcover has extra width and height, and allows protective containment with pumps or funnels in place. The product is lockable, has a nonslip grate, and handles 4500-lb UDL weight capacity. New Pig Corp. www.newpig.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 2000

Chopper pumps

Self-priming chopper pumps are suited for industrial waste sumps, lift stations, or any retrofits of clogging pumps. The high-efficiency chopper impeller design allows priming up to 25 ft. Vaughan Co., Inc. www.chopperpumps.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 2000

AODD pump

NDP-80 air-operated double-diaphragm pump offers transfer rates as high as 214 gpm and can handle solids as large as 13/32 in. The pump is designed for handling acids, caustics, and other corrosive liquids. Yamada America, Inc. www.yamadapump.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 2000

Backflow preventers

An 8-p bulletin describes how a line of backflow preventers delivers high performance and reliability, and eliminates the need for maintenance and repair. Diagrams and text explain how the backflow preventers work. Flomatic Valves www.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 2000

Plastic valves resist corrosion

Type 14 diaphragm valves feature all thermoplastic construction for corrosion resistance in aggressive applications. Valves are available in sizes from 1/2-2 in. and in flanged, pneumatically, or electrically actuated, or in True Union design.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 2000

Air sampling

Air sampling guide takes a look at a complete product line, including sample pumps, calibrators, collection media, and passive samplers. The catalog also includes NIOSH, OSHA, EPA, and ASTM sampling standards in one easy-to-use guide. SKC, Inc.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 2000

Submersible pump

Magnum 80-hp, heavy-duty submersible pump delivers up to 5010 gpm and can reach up to 375 ft of lift. An air valve allows the pump to run dry without damage to the motor. A sensor detects humidity in the stator to protect it from burning.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 2000

Split case pumps

This 6-p brochure explains the features and benefits of the HCS3 line of horizontal split case pumps.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 2000

Automatic lubricator

Greasomatic self-contained, single-point automatic lubricator is designed to reduce bearing failures and costly downtime through a continuous, controlled supply of lubricant. A unique release valve warns of blocked bearing and lube lines.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 2000

Valve actuators handle most water applications

DuraDrive actuators and linked valve assemblies provide the flexibility to meet most hot and chilled water and steam applications.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 2000

Cutting it with knife gate valves

A 6-p brochure describes design features and seating options of knife gate valves used for isolation, on-off, and throttling applications in paper, water, wastewater, chemical, power, and steel industries.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 2000

Miniature valves and fittings

Catalog 100 contains technical information on miniature valves, fittings, and quick disconnects. Schematics and technical data are provided for each product. Beswick Engineering Co., Inc. www.beswick.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 2000

Rotary screw pumps

A 4-p brochure describes the 3D series rotary, positive displacement three-screw pump line. Performance capabilities, operating limitations, and dimensional data are included in the literature. Imo Pump www.imo-pump.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 2000

Water filters

Automatic water filters handle flow rates of 100-8000 gpm and up. The filters are manufactured to ASME pressure vessel specifications and feature ac or battery-powered controls. Valve & Filter Corp.www.valveandfilter.com

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 2000

Rings relieve trapped fluids

Drip/flush rings are offered in full-faced or donut style with one or two ports for draining/flushing, and can be furnished with ball valves welded to these ports. The rings are available in a variety of metals and in sizes from 1-3 in.

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 2000

Valves handle increased wastewater

High capacity, 1000 or 2000 lb/day pacing valves meet the growing demands of ever larger water and wastewater treatment facilities. Model 7006 SmartValve is for flow proportional control, and Model 7007 is for step rate control.

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 2000

Chamber extends seal life

Vogel IC Series chemical process pumps feature a patented design -- the Cyclone seal chamber -- that extends mechanical seal life.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 2000

Smart pump reduces life cycle costs

PumpSmart is an advanced technology pumping system that significantly reduces all major portions of life cycle costs, including initial capital, installation, operating, and maintenance.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 2000

Couplings last decades

Metastream M Series couplings offer reliability to pump and general machinery applications. Tests indicate operating life exceeds 30 yr.

By Staff
Pumps December 1, 1999

Ball valves eliminate flanges

Type 21 ball valves eliminate the need for flanges and permit installation or repair without expanding the pipeline. They are manufactured from PVC, CPVC, PP, and PVDF. Pressure rating is 230 psi for sizes 1/2-3 in., and 150 psi for 4 in. at 70 F.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1999

Cryogenic pump seal has long life and low cost

Type 285 non-contacting bellows seal is for cryogenic pumps in process applications, such as liquid argon, nitrogen, and oxygen.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1999

Air system improves diaphragm pump performance

Wil-Flo air distribution system optimizes air-operated, double-diaphragm pump reliability and performance by eliminating freezing and increasing flow rates.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1999

Submersible pump has built-in protection

Magnum is an 80-hp, heavy duty submersible pump that outperforms larger models. It delivers up to 5010 gpm and reaches up to 375 ft of lift. An air valve allows the pump to run dry without damage to the motor.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1999

Software analyzes complex piping systems

Design Flow Solutions software performs a complete hydraulic analysis of complex piping systems including up to 9000 branches and 1000 tees.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1999

Pump tubing has long life at high pressure

Sta-Pure peristaltic pump tube is made from an expanded PTFE composite with significant performance improvements over silicone rubber and thermoplastic elastomers.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1999

Digital pump monitors output remotely

B/T variable speed, modular, digital pump has a remote controller that accepts all parameters: start/stop/reverse, flow rate, dispensing volume, and motor rpm and displays them with four-digit LED display.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1999

Diaphragm valves offer safety and compact size

+GF+ Diastar pneumatically actuated diaphragm valves feature a spring-loaded design, smaller size, and lighter weight for increased safety and flexibility. The patented, pre-loaded spring sets allow users to safely disassemble the actuator without hazard.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1999

Multi-gas monitor excels in harsh environments

Genesis personal portable multi-gas monitor is protected by the Duraplus internal suspension system to cushion internal components.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1999

Smart electronics control air dryer

Pneudri electronic Smart desiccant dryers operate from a state-of-the-art control timer. The system provides a high flexibility of control to provide LED status indication at all times. There are no mechanical cams or pneumatic logic to fail.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1999

Injection pumps increase reliability and accuracy

Millennium 2000 Series chemical injection pumps are powered by a rolling diaphragm that can use poor quality gas. Stroke and speed flow adjustments allow accurate and large flow turndown ratios.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1999

Cart transports and filters oil

The 2000 drum handling filter cart transports a steel 55-gal. drum and filtration/transfer equipment. Equipment includes a 1-hp motor, 5-gpm pump, and 3-micron absolute filter and water absorbing filter, both with visual indicators.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1999

Battery condition monitor warns of trouble

CellSense-VR monitors 10 parameters to warn of impending trouble in valve-regulated lead-acid storage batteries.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1999

Lined pumps cut costs and lead times

The 3298 Series heavy-duty, magnetically driven, lined ANSI process pumps are available in frame mounted, close-coupled, vertical in-line, and self-priming configurations.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1999

Pressure booster station provides portable pump capacity

Industrial booster station is a complete package of pumps, motors, controls, piping, and valves that can be housed in a corrosion and mildew resistant enclosure for outside applications.

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 1999

Pick a pump fast

PumpExplorer software program for submersible pumps streamlines the selection process by enabling specifiers and users to easily calculate friction loss in a system.

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 1999

Plumbing and heating

Catalog offers more than 130 types of plumbing and heating products, including pressure-only relief valves, pipeline accessories, and backflow preventers.

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 1999

Plunger pump handles harsh liquids

Model 6761 stainless steel plunger pump delivers 70 gpm at 1000 psi, providing added corrosion resistance in harsh liquid applications such as salt water.

By Staff
Pumps September 1, 1999

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 1999 – #1 

Trapping Elusive Pressure Problem : During off-hours, a fluid pressure fluctuates (example: fire water line). It’s desired to know the maximum pressure, but there is no chart recorder or other trending device on the line. Solution : Make a simple pressure trapping gauge setup. This arrangement traps the highest pressure applied to it.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Pumps September 1, 1999

Gear pumps accurately meter fluids

C-9000 Series gear-type metering pumps match the flow accuracy of reciprocating pumps, even on low viscosity, corrosive, and low lubricating fluids. Repeatability is six times better than required by API for metering pumps.

By Staff
Pumps September 1, 1999

How packing affects actuators for sliding stem valves

The task of sizing a spring-and-diaphragm actuator for a control valve often introduces two terms: bench set and stroking range, which typically cause confusion.

By Ron Funk
Pumps September 1, 1999

Filling empty air tanks

Problem: Is there a quick and easy way to fill a portable air tank? Solution: Turn off the ball valve and attach the empty air tank hose and compressed air line connectors. Turn on the ball valve until the tank is at line pressure.

By Staff
Pumps September 1, 1999

Working under pressure

The PC700 offers precision pressure calibration in any environment. Test pressure is generated by the integrated hydraulic pump and read on a four-digit LCD display. A special thin film strain gauge transducer has built-in temperature compensation.

By Staff
Pumps September 1, 1999

Stripe a lot

Scotsman striper uses bulk paint in place of expensive aerosol cans. Features include 4-gal. epoxy-coated tank, easy-to-read pressure gauge, adjustable spray head for 2-6-in.

By Staff
Pumps September 1, 1999

Kit analyzes and diagnoses machine faults

SonicScan is a multiple application tool that provides accurate detection, analysis, and diagnostics on industrial equipment.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 1999

Valve minimizes fluid turbulence

A straight-through diaphragm valve provides for high-flow performance with minimum turbulence on sludges, abrasive slurries, and corrosive abrasive slurries.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 1999

Modular FRL saves space

The 05 Modular FRL prepares up to 50 scfm of compressed air for machinery and automation consumption in a compact package. Accessories include lockout valves, pressure switches, and slow start and quick dump valves.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 1999

Transfer system improves safety

LiquidBin and Bulk Transfer System dispenses exact chemical amounts from bins, tanks, and drums. Consisting of a pump and programmable timer, the system can be set to deliver chemicals, reducing chemical handling danger and transfer time.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 1999

Nip pump trouble

Meg-Alert predictive maintenance device automatically tests and monitors the insulation resistance of pump motor windings. It provides an early warning indication to signal the need for maintenance action or to prevent startup by locking out the motor.

By Staff
Pumps July 1, 1999

Oil cart transports and filters

Y2K-2000 filter cart is capable of transporting a drum of oil and the transfer pump/filter with a single piece of equipment. Currently, plants use a minimum of two pieces of equipment to accomplish the same job.

By Staff
Pumps July 1, 1999

Piping system costs could fall this summer

Opportunities to push for lower prices abound for plant engineers who are buying operating materials this summer. With a margin "grade" of A+, the industry that makes "other valves and pipe fittings" is an excellent case in point.

By Staff
Pumps July 1, 1999

Ball valve jacket prevents blockage

Jacketed sanitary ball valve controls product flow through inline and outlet valves, and prevents solidification and blockages with efficient valve jacketing for use with hot water, steam, and other heating or cooling mediums.

By Staff
Pumps June 1, 1999

Carts carry multiple lubricants to job sites

Mobile fluid handling carts roll lubricants right to the job. Containers, mounted on two or four wheels, hold 15, 30, or 60 gal. of lubricants. Each cart has its own pump, storage space for tools, and drip pan to eliminate spills.

By Staff
Pumps June 1, 1999

Pump sumps vertically

An 8-p vertical sump pump brochure is written in both simple language and engineering terms to better inform users about the product line. Information includes dimensions, pump attributes, specifications, and performance data.

By Staff
Pumps June 1, 1999

Don’t get all steamed up

A 16-p brochure details a broad range of steam specialties and fluid control products. The publication provides summary information on steam and water pressure regulators -- both direct operating and pilot operated.

By Staff
Pumps June 1, 1999

Handy data

Problem: Troubleshooting a pump or other equipment is difficult without specifications or performance data such as a pump curve. Often the information is not available at the equipment location.

By Staff
Pumps June 1, 1999

Pick a valve in a pinch

Computer aided selection program analyzes process information and instantly selects the pinch valve best suited for the application. The system eliminates guesswork, saves time, and prolongs the life of the valve. Simple point-and-click commands are used.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1999

Condensate drainage

Steam control and condensate drainage are the subject of a 6-p bulletin.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1999

Double your pump pleasure

A line of double suction pumps includes six splitcase models with 122 different sizes. Applications include cooling towers, boosters, fan pumps, and raw water supplies. Goulds Pumps www.goulds.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1999

Recirculation valves

A series of high pressure modulating automatic recirculation valves is covered in an 8-p brochure. The valves described feature a forged body housing, internal pulsation dampener, flow straightener, and internal check valve.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1999

Groovy tubing

Copper Connection provides details on a grooved mechanical system for joining copper tubing without brazing or soldering.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1999

Sump pumps

The 3171 line of vertical sump and process pumps is featured in an 18-p color brochure. The literature provides detailed cross-sectional drawings and technical data such as hydraulic performance curves. A variety of options is included.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1999

Chemical pumps

A new line of nonmetallic chemical process pumps is covered in a 28-p brochure. The document shows sealed and sealless models engineered to ANSI and ISO design criteria. The pumps depicted provide zero emissions and are close or long coupled.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1999

Lowdown on three-screw pump

The 3G Series rotary, positive displacement, three-screw pump is designed for continuous operation at pressures to 250 psig and flows to 55 gpm. The pump is available in ten displacements and three casing sizes. Imo Pump www.imo-pump.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1999

Modular design simplifies pump selection

SR Range rotary lobe pumps offer a modular design that enables the selection of the best product for multiple applications. Features include stainless steel construction, external bearings, no metal-to-metal contact, and low shear fluid transfer.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1999

Pumps maintain consistent pressure

Husky air-operated, double diaphragm pumps feature 1/4, 3/8, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2, 2, and 3-in. sizes and have capacities from 3-275 gpm. An optional dynamic surge suppressor uses air pressure and a diaphragm to maintain consistent fluid outlet pressure.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1999

Inducer lowers required NPSH

Wi Inducer for centrifugal pumps lowers the required NPSH 50-70%. A helical screw, mounted in front of the impeller, raises the suction pressure available to the pump. The universal impeller performs over the full operating range of the pump.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1999

Software speeds sanitary piping design

CADWorx/Pipe Version 2.20 is an AutoCAD-based program for piping plant design that includes capabilities for sanitary pipe fittings, valves, and estimation.

By Staff
Pumps April 1, 1999

FLUID HANDLING

Flowserve Corp., Fluid Sealing Div.GX-200 pump seal

By Staff
Pumps April 1, 1999

Project scheduling software streamlines planning process

The management of most projects begins with planning and scheduling. Thanks to the many software tools available, plant engineers have help at their fingertips during this crucial early stage.

By Staff
Pumps April 1, 1999

High pressure water

An 8-p brochure features pumps, systems, and accessories for application of high pressure water up to 40,000 psi. The literature includes recommendations for waterjetting applications, working pressures, flow rates, and accessories. Aqua-Dyne, Inc.

By Staff
Pumps April 1, 1999

Peristaltic pumps monitor hose wear

M Range has up to twice the capacity of other peristaltic pumps, and features an internal vacuum system that indicates hose wear and allows service before failure. The pumps have no rotating seals or packing, are self-priming, and are easy to clean.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1999

New department responds to popular demand

For years, our annual "Tips & Tricks" feature generated requests that we run these kinds of great ideas in every issue.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1999

1998 Maintenance Tips Of The Year

Our readers have spoken! Winners in Plant Engineering magazine's tenth annual "Tips & Tricks" contest have been determined! Ralph Dewey, Solvay Polymers, Deer Park, TX, submitted the top vote getter among the entries presented in the September 1998 issue. His "Maintenance Tip of the Year" explained and illustrated how to repair a stuck-open valve on a tank, without losing the contents. Mr.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1999

Plastic piping systems

Thermoplastic dual containment piping systems, manholes, valve boxes, spool pieces, and sumps are designed to prevent dangerous and expensive environmental spills.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1999

Control valve offers trim options

V1C Series cage-guided, balanced control valve offers high pressure capabilities, characterized flow, and tight shutoff.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1999

Tough butterflys

A line of plastic, corrosion resistant butterfly valves serves 14, 16, 18, 20, and 24-in. pipelines. These lightweight valves can often be an inexpensive replacement for metal products.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1999

Valve wiring

A brochure details a full line of DIN 43650 valve connectors and junctions.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1999

Mag-drive pump performs in low flow

Texel MEH Series of mag-drive pumps provide leak-free performance, especially under low flow conditions. Casing linings and all wetted parts are made from PVDF or ETFE for maximum corrosion resistance.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1999

Pump seal reduces solids

Type 2800EX gas lubricated, noncontacting seals are fitted with an excluder that reduces solids within the seal chamber. The product is capable of handling up to 28% solids.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1999

Bolted pump

E3 bolted pump handles 3/4-in. solids and features ANSI/DIN flange inlet and discharge manifolds. The manifolds have a cast-in boss on each side for draining purposes.Versa-Matic Pump. Co.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1999

Process pumps resist corrosion

PolyChem process pumps are nonmetallic, sealed or sealless, and engineered to ANSI and ISO design criteria and JIS drilling specifications.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1999

Ball valves handle hot slurries

The 3000 Series three-piece ball valves serve higher pressure and temperature applications such as steam, coal processing, and other slurry services. The valves are fire safe, and are protected against line flow and seat distortion .

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1999

Pumps have optional external flush

Series 2100 trash and solid-handling, self-priming pumps have easy access to the impeller and case for debris removal. An optional external flush extends seal life. Vertiflo Pump Co. www.vertiflo.

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 1999

Plastic pumps bolted for easy maintenance

SandPIPERII plastic pumps are available in sizes from 1-3 in. with a maximum flow of 260 gpm. The pumps have a bolted design and V-band clamps are not used, which results in stronger construction and easier maintenance.

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 1999

Pump handles numerous applications

Series BT line of cast iron, bronze-fitted, single stage, double suction, horizontal split case pumps features mechanical seals capable of handling ethylene glycol and working with temperatures up to 225 F. Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), Inc.

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 1999

Pilot operated PRVs

Series 3800 line of integrally cast, flanged, semi-nozzle pilot operated pressure relief valves is covered in a 24-p brochure. Valves are presented for air, gas, vapor, and liquid service.

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 1999

Design and analyze small fluid piping systems

Pipe-Flo Express is used to design, analyze, and troubleshoot new or existing piping systems of up to 25 pipelines in a series. User draws the system, sizes pipes, inserts pumps and components, and the program calculates pressures and flow rates.

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 1999

Progressing cavity pumps

A 6-p bulletin provides an overview of a complete line of progressing cavity pumps. Numerous models in a variety of construction materials with many different options are presented.

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 1999

Oh what a relief it is

SizeMaster Mark IV software integrates standard engineering practice with the sizing and selection of pressure relief valves.

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 1999

Oils well that ends well

Ferret oil/water separating pump removes thick or thin layers of floating hydrocarbons from tanks, pits, and sumps. The system is guaranteed to get all the hydrocarbon, including the sheen, without pumping away the water.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 1999

Lube equipment

Industrial-grade lubricant transfer and storage products are offered in a 32-p catalog. Included are hand pumps, grease guns, fuel pumps, control valves, drum accessories, hose assemblies, and fluid waste disposal equipment. National-Spencer, Inc.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 1999

Overall lead times beginning to ease

Lead times for three of the five products that we follow declined between the third and fourth quarters of 1998. Average lead times rose for pumps and special fasteners, but fell for gears, valves, and cylinders.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 1999

Pump handles corrosive and toxic fluids

MP/MPL Series pumps for harsh environments are cost effective and efficient in low-flow, high-head applications.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 1999

Units split oil from process water

Two models of pump/separators, with no replaceable parts, split oil from process water or hot parts washer water and recycle the treated water at 120 gph. Model 371, with a temperature limit of 120 F, cleans process water and confined spills.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 1999

Mini pump meters fluids

Nemo NM Mini Metering Pump for low and high viscous materials features flow ranges from 0.25-160 gph, pressures from 0-180 psi, low shear rate, nonpulsating flow, and capacity change with rotor/stator change without affecting pump dimensions.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 1999

Heat exchanger built for low flows

ABX brazed plate exchanger is suited for low flows up to 100 gpm in liquid-to-liquid and refrigerant-to-liquid heat transfer applications.

By Staff
Pumps December 1, 1998

Piston pumps combine long life, quiet operation

PVH 300 Discovery Series axial piston pumps offer up to double the life and a 50% noise reduction over previous designs. Available in 10 sizes, the pumps are rated at 4000-psi continuous and 4600-psi intermittent pressure with flows from 4.7-104 gpm.

By Staff
Pumps December 1, 1998

Drum pumps handle a variety of containers

Drum pumps, including models constructed from polypropylene, PVDF, or 316SS, range in length from 39-72 in. and provide flexibility of use in transferring or dispensing fluids from various sized containers. Pumps empty a 55-gal. drum in less than 2 min.

By Staff
Pumps December 1, 1998

Valves provide absolute shut-off

Hamer Line Blind Valves deliver shut-off integrity in pipelines where line blinding is a frequent requirement and safety is a primary concern. Gasket materials are available for most fluids and for temperatures up to 800 F.

By Staff
Pumps December 1, 1998

Calendar

The Electrical Apparatus Service Association has announced its Spring 1999 seminar schedule. Courses include DC theory and test procedures, mechanical repair, and centrifugal pump repair.

By Staff
Pumps December 1, 1998

Hydraulic fluid is environmentally friendly

Tellus S provides a high level of performance without the use of zinc-based chemistry. As water quality concerns increase, this hydraulic fluid meets the growing pressures for environmentally acceptable products.

By Staff
Pumps December 1, 1998

Finding a corrosion-resistant valve

Application & Corrosion Data includes a color-coded valve selection chart. Also provided are application and corrosion data tables which list more than 500 types of flow-media and appropriate valving materials. Xomox Corp. www.xomox.com

By Staff
Pumps December 1, 1998

Heaters and accessories

A 32-p catalog features an extensive line of inline heaters, immersion heaters, heat exchangers, and temperature controls. Accessories presented include insulators, solenoid valves, A-hr meters, and level controls. Process Technology www.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

Ball valve provides sanitary and steam service

Igenix Series 5 two-way ball valves use sanitary nonencapsulated or clean steam encapsulated seats in the same body. Valve seat seal can be restored inline to a leak-tight condition, to compensate for normal wear without valve removal.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

Free approach to valve sizing

A free Windows-based program automates the calculation and selection process of valves for aboveground storage tank venting applications. A CD-ROM for use with Windows 3.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

Mag drive pump provides low flow of corrosive fluids

Model 3298XS low-flow pump handles moderate-to-severe corrosives with or without solids and eliminates the need for oversized ANSI pumps. The sealless design is an effective alternative to pumps with conventional mechanical seals.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

Booster pump operates with all kinds of water

Booster Module submersible pump is encased in a stainless steel tube and offered in 304, 316, and 904L stainless steel to handle both brackish and sea water in water purification applications.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

System erects and repairs foundations

Polyshield System is a quick and easy approach for repairing or erecting foundations supporting rotating equipment. The chemical-resistant system consists of a modular precast 1 1/4-in.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

Finding someone to find leaks

The 32-p booklet Inspection Services Directory and Handbook includes information on independent companies specializing in leak detection surveys, steam trap/valve surveys, underground leak detection, and a wide variety of specialized contracting services.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

Sensing pump rate

Diaphragm Pump Cycle Sensor Kits are closed-contact and magnetically-operated to provide continuous, real-time monitoring of the cycle rate.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

Butterfly valves connect quickly

Series AQV PVC butterfly valves have a simple spline assembly providing self-restrained joints that are quickly connected or disconnected.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

Pump moves hot fluids without water cooling

HTO 300 close-coupled, end-suction, centrifugal pump has an air-cooled seal housing design to eliminate an external water cooling jacket when pumping fluids up to 650 F. A carbon graphite bushing isolates the seal cavity and limits heat transfer.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

Pump trap has low profile to fit tight spaces

PT-104 mini pump trap is a cast iron mechanical pump 12 1/2-in. tall. Its compact size allows installation in confined spaces without electricity. It can return condensate at temperatures above the 210-F limit of conventional electric centrifugal pumps.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

See what you can’t see

A line of remote visual inspection instruments checks hard-to-access places such as inside machinery, valves, piping, and large dark voids, The videoscopes have a high resolution CCD image sensor that sends back true color video images.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

Pump bearing retrofits to offer longer life

Pump bearing is a double-row, angular contact ball bearing with a machined brass cage that outperforms steel cages under marginal lubrication conditions. A 40-deg contact angle has greater thrust load capacity.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

Compressor quietly delivers cool air

Twistair TA 20-30 single-stage compressor uses polyceramic rotors and water injection to deliver compressed air at no more than 9-deg F above ambient at 100-150 psig. The standard enclosure limits sound to 74.6 dBA.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

Pump seal fits standard bore chambers

GX-200 dual-pressurized gas barrier seal uses a shaft-centered cartridge design, provides zero product emissions, lowers energy costs, and eliminates seal face wear.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

Handling hot water

A technical brochure describes a line of steam and hot water solenoid valves. Information includes charts outlining valve sizes, Cv flow rates, minimum and maximum operating pressure differential, maximum temperatures, and orifice sizes.

By Staff
Pumps November 1, 1998

Fire protection control valves are 50% lighter

FireLock low-differential valves offer an automatic clapper that resets after test or fire. A 6-in. dry valve is rated at 300 psi and weighs 79 lb, which is less than half that of competitive products.

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 1998

Get control with the right valve

Nelprof 2.1 control valve selection software picks the right package quickly and accurately. The software operates with Windows 95, 3.

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 1998

What a waste

An overview of equipment selection, system design, pump configurations, and government regulations dealing with the neutralization of acidic, caustic, and mixed or unknown liquid or gaseous waste streams is presented in a 6-p brochure.

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 1998

Lock out

A multiple lockout device features stainless steel/nylon construction that provides strength, durability, and corrosion resistance.

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 1998

Alternative valves

A brochure provides details on Series EA, all-plastic, electrically automated ball valves. The 1/2-2-in. valves are rated at 225 psi and are a cost-effective alternative to automated valves with nonrepairable, throw-away designs.

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 1998

Lubricants have high flash points

Advanez lubricants have flash points of 140 F or higher, do not contain CFCs, provide corrosion protection, and feature 360-deg invertible valves for all-angle spraying. Advanex 10 cleans and protects delicate parts and mechanisms.

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 1998

When oil spills, oil is well

An oil spill response system is capable of 300-gpm recovery. The skim-pak system is easily transported to a spill site and quickly deployed by the emergency response team.

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 1998

Overall leadtimes beginning to ease

Lead times for three of the five products that we follow declined between the second and third quarters. Average leadtimes rose for special fasteners and valves during the July-September period, but fell for gears, pumps, and cylinders.

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 1998

Impeller improves pump performance

An impeller has been redesigned to improve the NPSH required characteristics up to 60% for some models of centrifugal pumps. The impellers are suited for difficult pumping jobs. Waukesha Cherry-Burrell

By Staff
Pumps October 1, 1998

Pump without power

Series PCC and PCS Pumpless units transfer condensate at high temperatures without electricity. Units are driven by steam or air and can be placed in remote or hazardous locations.

By Staff
Pumps September 1, 1998

Selecting gate valves

The Best of the Best In Gate Valve Technology brochure describes products in detail, including charts explaining dimensional and operating data. Cutaway views show the internal structure and detailed references for sealing areas.

By Staff
Pumps September 1, 1998

Metering pump handles corrosive fluids

Travcyl pump is a digitally-controlled, positive displacement model for dispensing and metering chemicals, reagents, slurries, adhesives, polymers, and gases.

By Staff
Pumps September 1, 1998

Inflating plug

Problem: When a valve on an open tank doesn't shut off, the entire inventory must be dumped to repair the problem. Can this expense be saved? Solution: Install an inflatable pipe plug.

By Staff
Pumps September 1, 1998

Welding thin metal

Problem: It's tough welding thin-gauge sheet metal without warping or burning through. Can the job be done while avoiding these problems? Solution: Clamp a piece of used carbon vane from a pump/blower to the back of the sheet metal.

By Staff
Pumps September 1, 1998

Testing for leaks

Problem: Is there a simple way to test for a leaky air or gas valve? Solution: With the valve closed and air pressure applied to the inlet side, put a wet paper towel over the outlet opening.

By Staff
Pumps September 1, 1998

Get a fire pump fast

Fire Pump Quick Ship Program provides fast delivery of a line of UL listed, FM approved fire pumps. Ten popular horizontal split case models are shipped within five working days from receipt of an approved order. Sterling Fluid Systems (USA), Inc.

By Staff
Pumps September 1, 1998

A different kind of pump

I am writing in reference to your article "Increasing centrifugal pump reliability" (PE, June 1998, p 58, File 4010/5540). Discflo Corp., which manufactures only disc pumps, appeared in the list of centrifugal pump manufacturers.

By Staff
Pumps September 1, 1998

Cooler operates in hostile environments

The Extra Cooler is UL and CUL listed for indoor and outdoor use, and operates in hostile environments where temperatures reach 115 F. Capacities range from 1Z2-15 tons.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 1998

Have a ball with these valves

A brochure describes metal seated, full-port ball valves that withstand corrosion, high input torques, extreme pressures, and frequent cycling. Special features include a massive stem, floating ball design, and heavy-duty flanges. Dezurik www.dezurik.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 1998

PLANT ENGINEERING COST INDEX* – 1998-08-01

Change, % Current Month Year Facilities group index ago ago Clay construction products 144.6 0.1 1 Electric devices 147.9 0.2 1.5 Foundry and forge products 135.1 0 0.6 Glass 107.1 0.1 -0.9 Gypsum products 175.8 1.1 2.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 1998

Brass fittings

A 36-p expanded catalog offers hundreds of brass fittings for air, gas, and liquid systems. Push-in fittings, pipe fittings, manifolds, tube fittings, quick couplers, flow controls, and needle and check valves are presented. Alkon Corp.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 1998

Pumps handle high temperature without cooling water

MPH Series of high-temperature pumps serve low-flow, high-head, high-temperature applications. These close-coupled, sealless, magnetically driven pumps operate at temperatures up to 536 F without cooling water.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 1998

Put butterflies in the line

A butterfly valve catalog highlights the advantages of an axially pliant seat. When open, the seat relaxes out of the flow path to reduce erosion and abrasion.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 1998

Nonelectric steam condensate pump used in hazardous locations

Pressure-operated condensate return pump doesn't use electricity, making it suited for hazardous or wet atmospheres and NEMA 4, 7, and 9 locations. There are no rotating seals to leak, no motors to burn out, and lubrication is not required.

By Staff
Pumps August 1, 1998

Bronze steam regulators have long life

Series 36S compact steam valves have a cast bronze machined body and stainless steel internal and external parts to resist corrosion and provide extended service life.

By Staff
Pumps July 1, 1998

Variable drive makes HVAC systems economical

QC3000 variable torque ac motor drive for an outlet damper, inlet guide vane, or throttling valve can significantly improve system efficiency and operating economy.

By Staff
Pumps July 1, 1998

Centrifugal pump reduces membrane fouling

The 200MS Series high-pressure multistage centrifugal pump is used for recirculating service in reverse osmosis and other membrane systems.

By Staff
Pumps July 1, 1998

Plug valves

Attributes of a line of sleeved plug valves are the subject of a 20-p catalog. Features portrayed include bidirectional flow, simple actuation, compact design, double fugitive emissions control, and sealing power superior to any ball or gate valve.

By Staff
Pumps July 1, 1998

Steam and water components

A 144-p catalog covers steam traps, regulators, vents, vacuum breakers, valves, Y-strainers, pumps, and heat exchangers. Items are listed by description, photo, and model number. ITT Hoffman Specialty www.hoffmanspecialty.com

By Staff
Pumps July 1, 1998

Everything about diaphragm pumps

A 24-p color catalog features detailed descriptions of a diaphragm pump line. Performance curves, dimensions, accessories, and technical data are included. Catalog requests can be sent from the website. Warren Rupp, Inc. www.warrenrupp.com

By Staff
Pumps July 1, 1998

Oil skimmers

A 6-p brochure presents a line of skimmers designed to remove oil from separation tanks and sumps. Capabilities explained include ability to work with either gravity flow or controlled pumping. Also included are intank and spill recovery models.

By Staff
Pumps July 1, 1998

Ball valves provide large safety factor

Gruvlok Series 7500 ball valves carry a generous safety factor for pressure retention, stem strength, blowout proof stems, seat performance, low operation torque, and high Cv. An integral actuation mounting is included to accommodate automation.

By Staff
Pumps July 1, 1998

Steam traps combine high capacity and compact size

TK Series Super Capacity Steam Traps provide high volume and compact size for ease of installation and reduced need for pipe supports and special pads. The largest unit -- a 4-in. trap -- is 14-in.

By Staff
Pumps July 1, 1998

Metering pump changes heads to match fluids

Pump offers a variety of heads to suit any application. The standard hydraulic metering pump handles liquids with viscosities to 1500 cps with a capacity from 16-80 gph. A special head handles viscosities to 5000 cps, while a low volume head delivers 0.

By Staff
Pumps July 1, 1998

Pump’s plastic lining resists corrosion

Texel MET-80 Series plastic-lined pumps provide leakproof, corrosion-resistant performance in applications requiring high purity. Features include flows to 340 gpm, heads to 200 ft, working temperatures to 250 F, and working pressures to 99 psi.

By Staff
Pumps July 1, 1998

End suction pumps have external impeller adjustments

Series 1400 horizontal end suction pumps have larger power frames and pump hydraulic sizes, and flows to 4000 gpm. Included are several new sizes: 6 X 4 X 12, 6 X 6 X 12, 8 X 8 X 12, 10 X 10 X 12, 3 X 2 X 15, and 4 X 3 X 15.

By Staff
Pumps June 1, 1998

Motor drive control has quick response time

ACS 140 MicroDrive covers 1/2-3 hp, 230 and 460-Vac motors in single and three-phase configurations. It is capable of responding to input signal changes in as little as 9 ms.

By Staff
Pumps June 1, 1998

Controller protects refrigerant pumps

Pump Guardian integrated controller safeguards liquid refrigerant pumps. It alerts plant engineers of harmful operating conditions, such as cavitating, low liquid level, insufficient or loss of pressure, motor overheating, and unnecessary on/off cycling.

By Staff
Pumps June 1, 1998

Compressed gas safety

A 68-p catalog offers safety standards and specifications, posters, handbooks, training videos, and bulletins relating to compressed gases and cryogenic liquids.

By Staff
Pumps June 1, 1998

Muffler quiets air-operated diaphragm pumps

The 3M replacement muffler effectively quiets exhaust noise levels on air-operated diaphragm pumps by as much as 50%. The muffler has a replaceable core and noncorrosive housing. Mufflers are available in 3/8, 3/4, and 1-in. npt. Warren Rupp, Inc. www.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1998

Compressed air dryers use low power

Balston PSA dryers use pressure swing absorption technology, with low amperage solenoid valves, to provide clean, dry compressed air at dew points as low as -100 F.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1998

Pump trap handles 60,000 lb/hr

PT-516 high capacity pump trap is a low maintenance, nonelectric solution to moving large amounts of condensate from low points, low pressures, or vacuum spaces to areas of higher elevation or pressure.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1998

Control drives down energy costs

Unidrive VTC is programmed to maximize energy savings on loads such as centrifugal pumps and fans. The easily reconfigured control input terminals accommodate HOA operation, preset speed select, and outputs for speed and current meters.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1998

Sealless pumps

A 4-p technical bulletin covers lined, magnetic drive, sealless pumps. The material includes photos, technical illustrations, detailed specifications, materials of construction, and dimensions.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1998

Moving magnetically

A technical bulletin on the MPH Series of high temperature pumps describes close-coupled, sealless, magnetically driven units designed for low flow, high head, high temperature applications.

By Staff
Pumps May 1, 1998

Flue gas conditioning

Systems and components for flue gas conditioning and desulfurization are the subject of a 4-p brochure. The literature describes eductor-based designs that excel at handling materials such as hydrated lime.

By Staff
Pumps April 1, 1998

Metal repair

The Metalstitch technique for the immediate and long-lasting repair of cracked or broken cast iron in pump and bearing housings, gears and gear boxes, and many other components is the subject of a 4-p brochure.

By Staff
Pumps April 1, 1998

Adjustable frequency drives

A 12-p catalog features adjustable frequency drives in ratings from 1-300 hp. Especially suitable for HVAC applications, these drives handle variable torque fan and pump loads where controlling motor speed is important. Graham Drives www.grahamdrives.

By Staff
Pumps April 1, 1998

Package approach to air drying

PSF Series heaterless desiccant compressed air dryer is a complete package including a standard, high-efficiency, coalescing prefilter; particulate removal afterfilter; and proprietary switching valves.

By Staff
Pumps April 1, 1998

Overall leadtimes lengthen

From January to February 1998, leadtimes lengthened significantly for all materials except hydraulic cylinders, which may be facing a shortage in supply, as their leadtimes increased by 24.8% in 1997.

By Staff
Pumps April 1, 1998

Blowdown system controls boiler solids

TDS fully automatic blowdown system controls the level of total dissolved solids in a boiler while meeting increasingly stringent demands for safety and energy efficiency.

By Staff
Pumps April 1, 1998

Purifier removes slow separating tramp oil

The 351 Coolant Purifier separates tramp oil from machine tool coolants which tend to emulsify the oil. The device efficiently splits tramp oil from all types of synthetic or semisynthetic water-based coolants, including those slow to reject tramp oil.

By Staff
Pumps April 1, 1998

Valve position indicator withstands washdowns

Pointer, a compact thermoplastic valve position indicator, provides 360-deg visual and LED local and remote indication. The package mounts to quarter-turn or rotary actuators and resists corrosion, chemical reaction, and routine washdowns.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1998

Portable electric pump

Utility pump is corrosion resistant, lightweight, and durable. This product is the latest addition to a line of submersible, portable electric pumps. Grindex Pumps www.grindexpumps.com

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1998

PLANT ENGINEERING COST INDEX* – 1998-03-01

Change, % Current Month Year Facilities group index ago ago Clay construction products 144.1 0 1.1 Electric devices 146.9 -0.1 2 Foundry and forge products 134.2 0 0.9 Glass 108.5 -0.1 -1.3 Gypsum products 172 -0.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1998

Guidelines For Choosing A Pipe Thread Sealant

Looking into any maintenance technician's tool box or a plant's supply closet likely turns up some type of pipe thread sealant.

By Steven J. Vaccaro
Pumps March 1, 1998

Containment system

Thermoplastic system features patented dual containment piping with options, including leak detection, HDPE manholes, valve boxes, sumps, and lining systems. Fluid Controls, Inc. www.fluidcontrols.com

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1998

Diaphragm pump

Husky 3275 is an aluminum, 3-in, air-powered, double diaphragm pump designed to handle a wide variety of fluids. The pump delivers up to 275 gpm and can run dry without damage. Graco, Inc.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1998

Submersible drainage pumps

Pumps are available in sizes from 1 1/2 to 15 hp. The pumps feature modular, easily changed replacement parts; and offer a rust and corrosion-resistant stainless steel outer casing. Pumpex, Inc.

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1998

Pump tube

HD-pump tube is available in stainless steel with two different pumping elements. The product is easy to clean, continuous duty, and portable. Lutz Pumps

By Staff
Pumps March 1, 1998

Videoscopes

Series 6 videoscopes with dual optics technology inspect inside piping, machinery, valves, and other hard-to-access locations. The product measures defects viewed on a video screen with 95% accuracy. Olympus America, Inc. www.olympusipg.com

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 1998

PLANT ENGINEERING COST INDEX* – 1998-02-01

Change, % Current Month Year Facilities group index ago ago Clay construction products 144.1 0 1.1 Electric devices 146.9 -0.1 2 Foundry and forge products 134.2 0 0.9 Glass 108.5 -0.1 -1.3 Gypsum products 172 -0.

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 1998

A catalog to diaphragm for

A 20-p booklet features descriptions, technical data, and engineering schematics of a complete diaphragm valve line, plus a review of available diaphragms.

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 1998

Vacuum pump rebuild

A 4-p brochure describes a service for rebuilding vacuum pumps ranging from conventional belt drive models to the latest dry pump technology. Pumps are rebuilt under an eight-step program that assures performance. Mass-Vac, Inc.

By Staff
Pumps February 1, 1998

Steam traps

A 20-p catalog depicts two lines of inverted bucket steam traps: cast iron and stainless steel. Both lines integrate the energy saving features of the inverted bucket steam trap with proven reliability of piston valves into a single space-saving package.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 1998

Relief valves

A complete line of process pressure relief valves, steam safety valves, and hydraulic and pneumatic test equipment is presented in a 6-p brochure.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 1998

Valves/actuators are easy pickings

Valve Sizing and Selection Software on CD-ROM for Windows 95 does all the work for choosing the correct HVAC control valves and compatible actuators. The software includes an online catalog of nearly 500 valves and more than 100 actuators. Honeywell, Inc.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 1998

Steam trap simplifies installation

Trap valve stations integrate the energy saving features of the inverted bucket steam trap with the proven reliability of piston valves into one space-saving package that simplifies installation, reduces maintenance costs, and conserves space.

By Staff
Pumps January 1, 1998

Applying Simple Solutions To Common Maintenance Problems

The annual Plant Engineering "Tips & Tricks" article, last published in September 1997, has been the magazine's "best read" every year of its existence.

By Ron Holzhauer
Pumps January 1, 1998

New paradigm or twilight zone?

Economic growth remained strong through the third quarter of 1997, and early signs pointed to a good fourth quarter as well.

By Staff