Plant Maintenance Portal: Fluid Handling

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Pump purchasing 201
Not-so-common tips you should know before making a pump decision.

Pumping efficiently?
Inefficient pumps can increase maintenance as well as energy costs. Are you doing everything you can do to make sure your plant is running as efficiently as possible?

Pumps in peril?
Are your pumps running at their best efficiency point? Read here to learn how to put fluid handling systems on a course to best efficiency.

Understanding the economics of variable speed pumping
Static head in your pumping system is the key determinant of energy savings.

Pump energy savings with VFDs
Centrifugal pumps offer the greatest energy savings potential when less than 100% flow or pressure conditions are required. Read on to find out why.

Pump strategy is key to conserving energy
You should explore various flow pumping strategies that might be applied to new systems, as well as those that might be adaptable to existing hydronic systems.

Capture the big 3
Achieve energy efficiency, reliability and profitability by properly selecting and operating pumps.

Almost like free BTUs
Heat pumps can enhance your energy conservation efforts.

Pump energy savings with VFDs
Tests reveal the economics of applying variable-frequency drives in centrifugal pump systems.

Harnessing the flow
Don’t let control valves be a pumping system’s weakest link, advises Sheila Kennedy in this month's Technology Toolbox.

A beautiful model
How hydraulic modeling can improve the efficiency of your pump systems.

The FRETT approach
Some U.S. oil refineries repair their centrifugal pumps every three years while other refineries enjoy an average repair interval of 10 years.

Better than a gold mine
Using a geothermal heat pump is like pulling money out of the ground.

New plant learns pump tricks
New ethanol plants can improve production reliability, output and quality by reviewing and improving their controls.

What Works: Pump plant conserves water and chemicals
Reducing water usage is an essential ingredient of productivity and profitability, to conserve water and to reduce treatment and disposal costs.

Waterworks saves energy
Results from a continuing study by New York’s Monroe County Water Authority (MCWA) indicate that applying low-friction anti-corrosion coatings can restore pump efficiency to the manufacturer’s new-pump specifications.

Buoyancy and Bernoulli
These fundamental physical principles allow air lift pumps and eductors to move one fluid by using another.

Improve energy efficiency by restructuring your vacuum generators
In many applications, electric motor-driven vacuum pumps can achieve the same performance as vacuum generators while using one-fourth to one-tenth the energy.

Forces to be reckoned
Fluid power technology is producing hydraulic pumps and motors that are more compact, efficient and economical than ever before.

Get in your prime with pumps
The Hydraulic Institute (HI) offers its members — and other interested parties — an opportunity to earn recognition as a qualified pump system specialist by participating in the HI and U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Pumping System Assessment Tool (PSAT) Qualification Workshop.

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