Pump Systems Matter Blog

Blogs | March 22, 2022

Seven Tips for Selling Management on Pump Projects

Let’s face it: when management looks at pumps, they see costs, not savings. To sell them on new pump system projects, facility managers must show how their proposed investments will boost dollars-and-cents performance. Here are seven tips to do just that: Remember, it’s a competition. No matter where you work, there are many ways to […]

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Blogs | March 21, 2022

Redesigned Website Makes It Easier to Access Continuing Professional Education

A newly redesigned website is going to make it easier for pump professionals to keep their skills up to date, earn Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits, and master new topics. Developed by Hydraulic Institute’s educational foundation, Pump Systems Matters (PSM), the website offers everything from introductory classes for newbies to in-depth focused webinars, e-learning courses, […]

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Blogs | March 21, 2022

Reliability Basics: Understanding NPSH, POR, and AOR

Understanding these three terms will help you optimize your pump for efficiency and reliability. The pump industry uses acronyms so often, we sometimes gloss over their true meaning and importance. So, let’s review the concepts behind three terms that have a huge impact on pump reliability: Net positive suction head (NPSH), preferred operating region (POR), […]

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Blogs | March 21, 2022

What a Basic Pumping System Maintenance Plan Looks Like

Pumping systems have many moving parts and subsystems that could go wrong. Yet many continue to run efficiently after 20 years or more. One important reason why: regular inspection and maintenance. Periodic monitoring and maintenance finds and fixes problems before they erode performance or damage equipment. With that in mind, what should a regular pump […]

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Blogs | March 10, 2022

HI Mourns a Great Loss

An icon of the Pump industry left us late in 2021.  By now, many of us have likely heard of the loss of Mr. George Harris, President and Founder of Hydro Inc.  Many may not know that, in addition to time with Hydro, George dedicated many years to helping HI grow and prosper.  He brought the […]

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Blogs | December 14, 2021

New Funding for Pumps, Labor Shortages Will Dominate Pump Landscape in 2022

This coming year will see some profound changes in the pump systems landscape. These range from new funding for water systems and labor shortages to renewed emphasis on sustainability and the continued growth of smart pumps. Let’s take a quick look at five trends to keep your eyes on going into 2022. Funding for water […]

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Blogs | December 14, 2021

Advocating for Smaller Energy-Efficient Pumps

Utilities have long offered incentives for large municipal and industrial pumps. In the Northwest, an alliance of utilities and energy organizations is making the case for smaller pumps for commercial applications. With more than 140 utilities and energy efficiency organizations, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is a leader in promoting energy efficiency. With a service […]

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Blogs | December 14, 2021

Why Pump Power is Higher than Expected

Maybe you actively monitor amperage and notice your trend lines are rising. Or perhaps your motor overheats and trips or it cannot generate enough torque to start. These are all signs that your pump is drawing more power than it should. To diagnose what is causing the problem, the best place to start is with […]

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Blogs | December 14, 2021

Upgrading Pumps to Keep Rate Payers Happy

By saving energy, this New England wastewater utility reduced operating costs and built in energy savings for decades to come. Operators call for help when a pump system starts making unusual sounds or shows other signs of impending failure. A major wastewater utility in eastern Massachusetts, on the other hand, chose to improve the efficiency […]

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