HI holds an organizational membership in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), as a standards developing organization, and develops pump standards through the ANSI-approved Canvass Approval Process. Through this process the Institute solicits the participation of users, contractors, manufacturers and other interested parties to achieve balanced representation and consensus on each of the documents that it publishes as HI/ANSI standards.
HI holds an organizational membership in the National Fire Protection Association and represents its members that manufacture fire pumps who are members of the HI Fire Pump Committee in providing an HI consensus input to NFPA Pamphlet 20 Committee that develops fire pump standards.
HI signed a "Mutual Cooperation Agreement" with Europump in February 1996, for the purpose of extending reciprocal invitations to respective annual meetings, exchanging information on standards and technical documents with the primary purpose of avoiding misunderstandings between US and European pump manufacturers and the users that they serve on a worldwide basis. Both organizations are working on harmonizing statistical data and reporting on a worldwide basis, leading to the possibility of a data exchange program.
An excellent example of the collaboration between the two organizations was the joint development of "Pump Life Cycle Costs: A Guide to LCC Analysis for Pumps and Pumping Systems." This 200+ page guide was published in May 2001 and is transforming how users approach the purchase of pumps, focusing on life cycle cost considerations of which initial cost is but a small factor in high duty cycle or process pump application. Also jointly developed was the 2004 publication, "Variable Speed Pumping: A Guide to Successful Applications". This comprehensive guide covers various types of pumps, types of variable-speed and variable-frequency drives and multiple applications. It shows you, step-by-step, how to take a system approach to incorporating VSDs in your applications.
The Mutual Cooperation Agreement has served to dramatically improve understanding, facilitate joint work projects and improve trans-Atlantic and transnational business relationships. Europump represents fifteen (15) national pump associations in Europe, with a combined membership of over 500 manufacturers.
U.S. Department of Energy
The Hydraulic Institute is an "Allied Partner" with the United States Department of Energy, signing this agreement in May 2000. The Institute works closely with the US DOE Office of Industrial Technologies. DOE recognizes the leadership role of the Institute in development and maintenance of pump and pump-related standards. HI promotes concepts of energy efficiency in pumps and pumping systems, and in that regard has created a special "Energy Savings" section of the HI web site: www.pumps.org. HI staff and members have assisted DOE with reviewing various pump publications, and have participated in various user-focused workshops on a variety of subjects and have co-authored articles among many other activities. DOE staff have regularly attended HI meetings and have assisted the Institute with the Life Cycle Cost User Guide as well as provided funding for an HI "Energy Reduction in Pumps and Pumping Systems" video-based education program.
U.S. Department of Commerce
The Hydraulic Institute has a close working relationship with the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census. HI staff and members of the Statistics Committee work closely with Census staff in improving the formats and methods by which data is collected from US pump manufacturers. As a direct consequence, the MA333P (previously MA35P) "Pumps and Compressors" report has been updated to include new and revised categories more consistent with the needs of the pump industry and HI members. Further effort continues as HI and Europump are working to harmonize pump industry data on a worldwide basis. The head of the Bureau of Census department who is responsible for MA333P serves as a member of the HI Statistics Committee providing invaluable input and guidance.