See yourself as a pump system specialist?

Jul 29, 2004

As part of its fall meeting program, the Hydraulic Institute (HI) will offer 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.

PSAT was developed by DOE with HI support to assist engineers and facility operators in conducting preliminary assessments of how efficiently their pumping systems operate.

HI and the DOE are holding the qualification workshops Oct. 20-21, preceding HI's Fall meeting in Charlotte, N.C. Registration information for the PSAT training and HI's meetings can be found in the "members" section of the HI Web site at

"In most settings, pumps, fans, compressed air and refrigeration devices account for nearly 37% of the industrial motor population, while they account for 61% of industrial motor energy. As we look for ways to reconcile such high energy consumption, the demand for assessment tools and trained experts is growing," says Robert Asdal, executive director of HI. "Through this training, we hope to have many more HI members become qualified specialists so that they can support pump users in evaluating their facilities to address opportunities for energy savings and pump system optimization.”

Some of the top graduates from this program will be invited to become PSAT Qualified Instructors and go on to train larger audiences of industry end-users to address pump systems issues in their plants and facilities.

When helping pump users assess energy savings opportunities, the PSAT relies on field measurements of flow rate, head and motor power to estimate the savings potential of a given system. Each workshop will feature a hands-on field measurement component using an actual pumping system. PSAT uses data from HI standards and motor performance characteristics from the DOE's MotorMaster+ software tool database to quickly estimate existing pump and motor efficiency and calculate the potential energy and cost savings of a system optimized to work at peak efficiency.

Operators can examine pump efficiency in relation to the operating point of the system and make adjustments accordingly. Specifically, participants learn the follwing:

  • How to accurately acquire input data for PSAT

  • How to prescreen pumping systems to select the vital systems for further review
  • How to use the PSAT software
  • The difference between measurements and requirements

  • The importance of a system perspective

Participants who complete the workshop and pass a qualifying exam will be recognized by the DOE as Qualified Pump Specialists and will be listed on the BestPractices Web site.

To learn more about the Hydraulic Institute, call Executive Director Bob Asdal at (973) 267-9700 or visit and