Here are our picks for the most interesting and important stories and articles from around the pump industry for the week of January 18-24, 2016:
1: A Primer on DOE Pump Efficiency and Testing Rules
Confused by the DOE rulemaking and what it means for pump manufacturers and end-users? That’s completely understandable. Here’s short piece authored by Mark Handzel of Xylem that gives a good overview of what the DOE rules are designed to achieve. Check it out.
2: The O&G Market Is REALLY Bad
Oil probably won’t top $60 a barrel in 2016, major players in the O&G industry are cutting costs by selling off assets and trimming payroll, and Russia just keeps pumping out as much oil as possible. These are a few of the thoughts shared over at Pumps & Systems. In other words, the 2016 outlook for pump companies selling to O&G customers? Not good.
3: Smart Pumping, Coming to a Pump Station Near You!
No doubt you’ve heard about smart pumping right? It’s a fuzzy concept that few industry professionals can really define but everyone believes is definitely coming some day. In this piece, Varun Nagaraj, CEO of Sierra Monitor, manages to put some defined form to the concept:
- Smart pumping will mean better factory support.
- Smart pumping will provide data that will drive pump technology innovation.
- Smart pumping will open the door to selling pumping-as-a-service rather than pumps as products.
Intrigued? I thought so. Read on.
4: Get a Clue! Learn How to Monitor Your Pumps
If you have pumps at your facility and want to get a better idea of what is really going on between the suction and discharge flanges, you’ll need a few things:
- Two pressure gauges
- A pump curve
- 15 minutes to read this guide in Pumps & Systems that will have you monitoring pump performance effectively in no time.
5: Make a Little More Room for NPSH Margins
Last but not least, if you can’t get enough info about NPSH, sign up for this webinar coming up on February 9, 2016. Bruce Ticknor, head of engineering at National Pump Company (and HI’s 2012 Young Engineer of the Year) will be there, and you should too!
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