Pump Systems Matter Blog

Blogs | September 23, 2021

The Underappreciated Backbone of Commercial Buildings

Pumps play a critical role in commercial building comfort, efficiency, and sustainability—but only as part of a larger water system. While markets for large industrial and municipal pumps often dra w the most attention, there is a thriving market for smaller pumps for commercial buildings—even though the two markets are as different as apples and […]

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Blogs | September 23, 2021

Prescreening to Pick Out Problem Pumps

Pump system optimization boosts reliability, energy efficiency, and the ability to meet process requirements. But which systems need optimization? This is not always apparent, especially in plants that have tens, hundreds, or even thousands of pumps.  That’s where prescreening comes in. It helps engineers and technicians prioritize which systems will benefit most (in terms of […]

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Blogs | September 23, 2021

Energy Ratings Program Now

ECM Circulator pumps are now part of Hydraulic Institute’s nearly 10,000-pump-strong Energy Rating Program.  The Hydraulic Institute’s Energy Rating Program has expanded to include efficient circulator pumps. These ratings provide test data from third party audited labs that make pump energy cost savings credible and easier to assess.  The program has the support from the […]

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Blogs | September 23, 2021

Why Pump Pressure Lower Than Expected

Maybe this has happened to you: You install a new pump or put a pump back online after a repair or rebuild. Then you turn it on and the pressure is not what you expect.  It happens more often than you might think. That is why we developed this checklist of some of the most […]

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Blogs | June 15, 2021

Does a Variable Speed Pump Make Sense for You?

Some pumping systems are designed and built to work under consistent operating conditions. They move the same amount of liquid at the same pressure all the time.  Most systems, however, are anything but steady state. Take, for example, a pump station that handles storm water. It may handle a few million gallons per day most […]

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Blogs | June 15, 2021

Rethinking Pump Maintenance in a Digital World

Manufacturers are ready to unlock a “hidden plant” if they can get their assets to operate optimally.  Pump maintenance is often left to technicians, and that can turn into a problem. While techs know how to keep a pump rotating, they don’t always have the training to pick up on the early warning signs of […]

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Blogs | June 15, 2021

Condition Monitoring on a Budget

Saving money over the long and short haul doesn’t have to be expensive. Maintenance strategies can be reactive, preventative, or predictive, as outlined in Figure 1. Each strategy has its place, but predictive maintenance often provides substantial benefits, such as catching problems before they reduce efficiency or lead to failure.  While there are many complex and […]

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Blogs | June 15, 2021

Sometimes, Old Pumps Don’t Just Sound Old

Mike Assante, who manages water system capital improvements as an engineering project manager for the City of Englewood, Colo., since September 2020, has been around a lot of pumps in his career. So, when he heard about an old pump making unusual noises, he was ready to spring into action. Assante cut his teeth building […]

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Blogs | June 15, 2021

Engineering Data Library: A Reliable Web Resource

Let’s face it, no matter how well you know your pump system it’s good to have an accurate, up-to-date reference when it comes to checking up on pumping fundamentals, fluid properties, and pipe system friction losses. Whether it involves changing the setpoint of an active valve or reviewing wear when pumping slurries, the Hydraulic Institute’s Engineering […]

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