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MAY 2017

Here we are with the second edition of the‘new’ BPMA PUMP INDUSTRY NEWS and it’s good to report that the first edition has been extremely well received, so we thought we would do it all over again, hopefully, you will find this issue just as interesting and helpful. As with all associations news vehicles, we would like your comments and suggestions for more material, not only from members of the BPMA but also from the readers of PII,

after all the ’News’ is importantly geared to that the BPMA members offer, it is certainly you as well. Please send your suggestion to worth checking, not only the MEMBERS DIRECTORY but also find out more about how the BPMA itself, you might be truely Currently, the BPMA has 74 members, not all surprised... Why not log on to of which are pump providers, some provide uk or perhaps give a call on 0121 601 6350 or services that relate to, and with the working E-mail: activities that pumps utilize in a variety of industries. Perhaps you work with a company that might benefit by joining the BPMA, or alternately could benefit from the services

HEADLINES FOR THIS ISSUE * After the success in February we have another Q & A .

*Engagement with Brexit

* In February we promoted the Pump Awards – now it’s the winners

* News about BPMA staff * GDP growth forecasts

The path to a greener future... Efficiency l Strength l Reliability Since January 2017, EU MEPS have stipulated that any new motors on the market ranging from 0.75 kW to 375 kW power output have to meet the IE3 efficiency standard or IE2 efficiency standard if used with an inverter drive. Our inverter drives will work with new and existing motors to help you reduce energy consumption and meet legislation when used with an IE2 motor.

For a greener future


WEG also offer a complete range of IE3 and IE4 energy efficient motors both for safe area and hazardous area applications. Watt Drive high performance gearboxes are built to withstand the toughest industrial applications meeting the demands for operation across different industries. Individually, our gearboxes, drives and motors are amongst the most energy efficient available. Together they give you unbeatable levels of reliability and performance.




Welcome to the Spring Edition of the BPMA Pump Industry News. Since our last edition we now have UK General election on the horizon with political parties not only highlighting their usual policies but now also offering their version of a solution to BREXIT. One thing is for sure BREXIT will offer opportunities for BPMA members but I am sure there will also be threats. With this in regard BPMA staff and Council members are currently focusing on this important subject to identify areas of concern and will hopefully have an industry position in the coming months that we can take to the appropriate government departments to achieve our goals.


Regards Peter Reynolds BPMA President

BREXIT & The Pump Industry – Get Involved! Our exit from the European Community and the Government’s introduction of the Great Repeal Bill – dismantling the tie to EU laws. What does this mean for the UK Pump Industry? In this article, Shaun Hampson, Chairman of the BPMA Marketing Committee, encourages pump sector engagement in order to meet both the challenges and the opportunities. At the moment nobody really knows for sure what Brexit means for the UK, but it is our time to come together to capture the opportunities whilst managing the threats, through unified lobbying of Government. A vast amount of UK legislation contains references to EU Treaties, and the Government will be seeking to stabilize UK law and regulations as fast as possible. These regulations, laws and directives contain material which can directly tip the buoyancy of our UK pump industry. Basic practises like CE Marking and Declaration of Conformity, for example, will need to be reviewed for inclusion into UK legislation. Other legal directives which we all take for granted may also be reviewed with respect to Import & Export Compliance, movement of employed staff, transfer of machinery, cash pooling, trade-barrier taxation, along with hundreds more. How many of us have non-UK EU citizens working in critical roles within our businesses – will they decide to go home, and why? What about the paperwork needed to import a simple gasket from France? Let’s not even discuss the implications with exotic alloys and PTFE which have dual use! On the flip-side, there are ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunities which could outstrip the threats; with examples being a wider global market, boosted domestic manufacturing & production, elevated skills & talent pools, plus the good old British motivation. Much of these will be the product of Apprenticeship schemes and easy access to technically-driven education. Hedging the threats and capturing the opportunities, however, is heavily dependent upon the eventual deal agreed between our Government’s single seated negotiator versus a twentyseven strong seated opposition. At what point will the pumping


industry be discussed - before or after the automotive, banking and military sectors? Will it ever get any specific consideration? Now is our time to find the common thread amongst the UK pump industry and its front-line supply chain. It is vital that we fight to preserve beneficial laws, eradicate other bureaucratic nonsense, and forge strong apprenticeship schemes. Right now – at the very early stages - BPMA is working for the good of our UK Pump Industry through member engagement. The aim of the BPMA is to construct an agenda of “go” and “no-go” aspects of forthcoming legislation, while demanding the re-balance of skills, and ultimately voicing our unified position LOUDLY with appropriate Governmental Bodies. Not many pump companies will escape some form of change to their business model after BREXIT has finally matured. If you have unanswered questions about future legislation, and would like be included within the BPMA escalation discussions, you are encouraged to engage with the BPMA in the not-too-distant future. Recently, the BPMA has been collecting thoughts and prescriptions from its membership through a simple questionnaire. This is a critical path to ensure that we cover every angle on this topic without leaving any business - small or large – marooned and exposed. If you are a member and have not completed this short assessment, please give it the benefit of your Team’s vast experience. Non-members, who understand that this subject will affect their Company, and/or distributor network, should contact Steve Schofield - Director of the BPMA at By doing this, we can all work together to guard against threats and identify opportunities for our pump companies.

Five courses are presented by an experienced tutor in a modular form, each taking no longer than a day. These are all stand-alone courses, however, BPMA recommends that delegates take the Pumping Fundamentals course before then selecting any one of the othe courses to best enhance their knowledge The next BPMA Lecture Based Courses to be held at the offices of the BPMA in West Bromwich will be:


Monday 5th June £300.00 +vat per delegate –member discounts apply Aimed at those purchasing and operating pumps this course introduces delegates to the role of pumps and pumping and the effects of liquid qualities.


Tuesday 6th June £300.00 per delegate –member discounts apply Performance indicators are identified and test methods reviewed to include flow, pressure, speed, noise, and vibration. Designed to enable individuals to enhance their knowledge and skills in the practice of pump testing

For more information and availability on any of these courses please email Steve Smith on s.smith@ or go to to download a BPMA Training Guide

CPSA (Certified Pump System Auditor) - an industry specific professional qualification developed by the BPMA (British Pump Manufacturers Association Limited) which is already an established and highly regarded body within the industry. The objective of the scheme is to help improve the levels of professionalism in the sector by creating a universally recognised and respected industry ‘standard' for individuals assessing the performance of a pumping system. A second course has been scheduled between Monday 20 th November and Thursday 23 rd October 2017. This will take place at The Park Inn, Birmingham West and includes 3 nights B & B accommodation at the same hotel. For more information and availability on any of these courses please email Steve Smith on or go to to download a BPMA Training Guide



The first audit under the BPMA’s new Advisory Service offers thumbs up. Not being legally compliant when placing products onto the UK or European market can lead to large fines for the company. But worse still, if a non- compliant product leads to injury or death, it can result in prosecution or even imprisonment for company executives. The BPMA has for many years provided generic information to its members on EU Directives which specifically affect the pump industry, either through guidance documents, position papers or more general information given out at meetings. Building on this important ‘information transfer’ yet further, the BPMA now offers an ‘advisory service’ which is designed to help suppliers of liquid pumps achieve and maintain the correct compliance procedures and documentation. Comprising a site visit, a full appraisal of a company’s Technical File, CE Marking, Declaration of Conformity and other certification requirements, along with the provision of a detailed information folder, a follow-up written report is then submitted. One company that has already taken advantage of this advisory service is AODD Pump manufacturer, Flotronic Pumps Ltd. With its comprehensive range of pumps serving a broad application base, from acids to adhesives, paints to petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals to food & drink, the company was keen to ensure that its compliance obligations were being thoroughly met. The review was initiated by Peter Wheal, Flotronic Pumps’ Chief Engineer, who considered the use of the BPMA Advisory Scheme to have been beneficial in explaining pump industry practices, and how applicable directives and standards might develop going forward. He said, “Awareness of possible additional requirements as pump products encompass more control and hazard prevention capabilities had been a useful discussion point for us.” He continued, “Guidance on when directives will change helps to save cost on printing, but the BPMA advice may also avoid the need, and additional cost, for external support from Notified Bodies and The CE Marking Association.” John Bower, who carried out the BPMA Advisory Scheme audit at Flotronic Pumps’ facility in Bolney, West Sussex last month (February) was delighted to state that, “Flotronic had diligently followed compliance processes, in particular with Technical Dossiers, Hazard Assessment, Testing, Product Safety and IoMs.” The BPMA actively promotes a “Buy with confidence from BPMA members” ethos and this new service aims to fully support and enhance that approach. If you are interested in this service please contact Steve Smith at BPMA on 0121 601 6691 or e-mail

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YOUR PUMPING QUE Demystifying IE standards By Patrick O’ Neil, Managing Director, WEG UK Global population growth and economic development have generated significant energy demand around the world, resulting in increased use of fossil fuels and greater levels of pollution in our atmosphere. The European Union has targets to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 percent before 2030 through the creation of renewable energy sources, as well as improved energy efficiency. Given this ambitious target, the EU has placed a high priority on increasing the efficient use of energy consumed. Industry is by far the most significant consumer of energy, with some studies suggesting that almost alf of global energy consumption comes from industry. Electric motors account for almost 70 percent of the energy consumption of industrial users, representing around a third of total global energy consumption, and yet, the vast majority of installed motors are old, outdated andconsequently inefficient. From January 2015, European Commission Regulation 640/2009 stipulates that electric motors for sale with a rated output of 7.5 to 375 kW must meet the IE3 efficiency class (or the IE2 efficiency class if equipped with a variable speed drive). In the next phase, from January 2017, the rated output range was extended to between 0.75 and 375 kW.

maintain their own persistent magnetic fields. Mounted on, or embedded into, th rotor, they couple with the motor’s current-induced, internal fields, generated by electrical input to the stator. Its electromagnetic coil is attracted to the permanent magnet, causing the motor to rotate. When electrical input is removed, the wire loses its magnetic qualities and the motor stops. In this way, rotation can be managed by a motor driver that controls when electricity is applied to the coil, and for how long. Unlike asynchronous induction motors, where the rotor has a lower rotational frequency than the magnetic field driving it, PM motors are synchronous, meaning the rotor spins at the same speed as the motor’s internal rotating magnetic field. This enables more precise speed control, higher efficiency particularly at lower speeds, and higher power factor. PM motors eliminate rotor conductor losses, have lower Joule losses in the stator (due to lower current), and exhibit flatter efficiency curves. They also run cooler than induction motors, with lower rotor/bearing temperatures resulting in longer insulation and bearing lifetimes, as well as longer bearing greasing intervals (bearing failure is a major cause of motor outage). And importantly, they provide more torque for the same size package (or the same torque in a smaller package). PM motors are suitable for variable or constant-torque applications, where the drive and application parameters dictate to the motor how much torque to produce at any given speed. This flexibility also makes them ideal for variable-speed operation, requiring ultra-high motor efficiency.


Whilst the requirements are clearly stated above, some motor manufacturers are already offering, as standard, superior premium efficiency motors that comply with, or even exceed, the forthcoming IE4 classification. The benefits of this are clear, with a reduction in energy losses ranging from 10% to 24%, as compared to IE3. However, IE4 is typically the highest level of efficiency that can be achieved with a standard squirrel caged motor.

TAKING EFFICIENCIES TO THE NEXT LEVEL The next step in the evolution of motor performance energy efficiency is to offer motors that are IE5 compliant, and some manufacturers are already actively designing, and even producing products that offer this classification. This is being driven by customers who want to achieve the maximum possible efficiencies, as the return in terms of reduced energy usage, and therefore cost savings, cannot be underestimated. Over the lifetime of most applications, energy costs far outweigh motor purchase and maintenance costs. However, if industry requires the ‘ultra-efficiency’ of IE5, then new technologies in terms of motor design, beyond the squirrel caged motor, must be considered. The goal here is to reduce losses further by some additional 20 percent relative to IE4. There are a number of technologies that offer the potential to achieve greater efficiencies and we will take a closer look at two, namely permanent magnet and synchronous reluctance motors:

PERMANENT MAGNET MOTORS Permanent magnet (PM) motors are brushless electric motors that use permanent magnets in the rotor. As opposed to those magnetised by an electric field, permanent magnets, made from rare earth metals,


Synchronous reluctance motors (SynRMs) induce non-permanent magnetic poles on a ferromagnetic rotor, which does not have any windings, and torque is generated through the phenomenon of magnetic reluctance. The stator’s poles are wrapped with windings that are energised, while the rotor’s magnetically permeable steel projections act as salient poles that store magnetic energy — leveraging the tendency of magnetic flux to follow the path of least magnetic reluctance in order to repeatedly align the rotor and stator poles. Until fairly recently, the use of SynRMs has been limited by the complexity of designing and controlling them. But these challenges are now starting to be overcome by advances in the theory and the use of sophisticated computer design tools.

FOR MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY, REVIEW THE WHOLE DRIVE CHAIN SYSTEM Selecting motors that have been designed with energy efficiency as a priority will increase productivity and cost-effectiveness, but there are other important steps to consider and take in achieving the most energy efficient set-up throughout the entire drive chain. The most significant of these is motor control. Optimising motor control using an inverter enables energy savings of up to 60% to be realised. Implementing helical or helical-bevel gearings rather than worm or spiral gears can also have a major impact, and allowing energy efficiencies of 15-40% to be achieved. However, identifying the most significant change an engineer can make to improve the energy efficiency of the drive chain system depends on the application. In a fan or pump application, for example, the most important factor will usually be fitting a variable speed drive inverter. But in conveyor applications, the belt might be the most significant aspect to review, and replacing conventional V-belts with synchronous belts will enable the user to make maximum energy and cost savings.

CONCLUSION The drive for energy efficiency across industries isn’t going to go away; indeed we are likely to see governments continue to impose ever tighter rules and restrictions, in order to protect our environment. As outlined in this article, selecting motors with energy efficient ratings is imperative, but it is only one part of the puzzle. System engineers have to take a deeper holistic dive into the whole drive train system, and look beyond just the motor to realise continued efficiency improvements.



ESTIONS ANSWERED Is The Motor Efficiency Really The Best Way to Improve Pumping Efficiency? By Julijana Ristov - UK Business Manager LD – Products– Siemens plc Using a high efficiency motor is certainly one way to improve the efficiency of the pump and the motor pump system. However, looking into the overall drive system and the most suitable solutions for an efficient system for the application is always necessary. When a solution is developed for a pump application you need to look into how the pump will be operated. For example, will the pump be required for usage direct on line constantly or will you be looking into using a variable speed drive? If the efficiency of the solution is the driver, you need to be aware of the legal requirements and existing efficiency standards required such as IE3 IE4 efficiency classes. In addition, you need to be aware about future requirements and standards for drives systems i.e motors and drives. At Siemens we have developed products which are perfectly integrated and have been developed so they work together effectively as a system. Working with Integrated Drive Systems, Siemens supplies the only real complete solution for overall drive systems worldwide. All components of the drive train are integrated to create an efficient, complete solution – an integrated drive system, which sets itself apart as a result of its triple integration:


pumps, fans and compressors, Siemens has developed integrated drive systems, where the motor, drive and coupling are optimally harmonised and coordinated with one another. Individuals and businesses all face a number of challenges and one major challenge is climate change and therefore, the sustainable use of energy. With this in mind, a number of initiatives have been brought into the industrial environment to play a part in addressing this challenge. For example, various standards and legislation have been introduced, including efficiency standards / legislation for electric AC motors.


of industrial power. Currently, there are standards and regulations that define the efficiency classes of DOL motors as explained previously. However, there are also future definitions of efficiency classes for converters and systems in the various standards and later, in the appropriate regulations. The new EN 50598 standard defines ecodesign requirements for drive systems used in an electrically driven machine. It is based on the ErP Directive of the EU, which defines minimum standards for products that consume energy in private households, the service sector, as wellas the industrial environment. All products that use an appreciable amount of electrical energy must be evaluated relating to the efficiency and/or the losses. The new standard is based on the concept of the ‘extended product approach’, where the mode of operation of products is taken into consideration when considering their efficiency. This standard was drawn up by the technical committee of the European CENELEC standards organisation of Europump, the Association of European Pump Manufacturers, as well as machine OEMs and motor and drive manufacturers. The objective was not only to address pumps, but all types of driven machines. As a consequence, the new standard contains all of the relevant parameters relating to the energy demand of an electrically driven machine.

With EN 50598, the focus moves away from individual components to the overall system. The energy efficiency requirements have been extended from the individual drive components to include the system, as well as the driven loads. The standard comprises three parts, where the second part is especially relevant in this regard. It specifies indicators to evaluate the energy efficiency of drive and motor systems, and also defines how the losses are to be determined. To keep the associated costs within reasonable limits, a total of eight operating points have been defined. Manufacturers should determine the losses at these eight operating points and document them. Furthermore, components and systems are classified according to specificefficiency classes so, their energy efficiency can be compared. Drives are classified according to IE 0, IE 1 and IE 2 – and drive systems according to IES 0, IES 1 and IES 2. The new standard allows the power losses of inverters and drives to be determined at a reasonable cost under reproducible conditions. This allows users to be able to appropriately compare products. They apply to AC/AC drives not capable of energy recovery and motors with integrated drive in the power range extending from 0.12 up to 1,000 kW and supply voltages from 100 up to 1,000 V. Optionally, the standard can also be applied to AC/AC drives, AC/DC and DC/AC drives capable of energy recovery and a combination of drives and motors. The straightforward, standard system configuration even reduces engineering time and costs, interaction of all of the drive components results in a higher energy efficiency and lower noise levels. Drive train condition monitoring as optional service plays a role in achieving outstanding plant availability across the board.


which, could be discussed in the next edition, but it is all about the use of data. How it is monitored, stored and processed across the whole industry from the creation of the pump to its installation and lifecycle of operation. Its impact is potentially profound but, pump manufacturers are still coming to terms with the implications. At Siemens, digital management has become completely integrated into its key oil and gas and water markets with the goal being to maximise performance, efficiency, lifespan and safety through remote monitoring, pre-emptive maintenance and simulated training. Working closely with our clients and pump OEMs, it is clear that, unlike traditional manufacturing where a product is developed and manufactured to meet as many applications as possible at considerable cost in terms of time and money, using digital technology means bespoke solutions can be applied to specific situations if necessary. By continually building data, greater efficiencies can be applied across the board with experience gained from every new project through ongoing development of applications. The potential for digitalisation is seemingly limitless. It allows for the collection of vast amounts of data to be applied to even an individual pump or to create bespoke solutions for specific areas of operation. The future will no doubt provide further breakthroughs in service and efficiency as the quiet revolution continues.


This was the 17th year of the Pump Industry Awards and it was considered by many to have been the best ever. Whether it’s recognising companies and individuals who go the extra mile or acting as a motivator to encourage more companies to fulfil their potential, the core values of the awards have not changed over the years. This year’s Pump Industry Awards Gala Dinner was held on March 23rd at the splendid Crowne Plaza Hotel, Heythrop Park on the fringe of the Cotswolds, for the second consecutive time. The awards ceremony was the feature of the evening, hosted by the delightful TV & Radio Presenter, Anna Williamson and held in association with the BPMA and sponsored by Process Industry Informer, KSB, SPP Pumps, WEG, Siemens, Tomlinson Hall and World Pumps. The eight delighted winners were presented with their trophies & certificates to the cheers & jeers’ whilst the finalists also were awarded their certificates on the stage. The after dinner entertainment was from the fantastic young ladies who comprised the Siren String Quartet, the raving cheers and lasting applause said it all. Finally, there was the usual Charity Raffle to raise money for WaterAid, which raised a magnificent £3100. For further information about the Pump Awards & view the photo gallery please visit If you are interested in sponsoring, nominating and/or attending the 2018 event contact Andrew Castle at


The awards focus on key areas of manufacture and supply, including innovation and achievement, energy saving, engineering excellence, customer care and employee motivation. On the night, six companies and two individuals were awarded, and a fantastic night was had by all!! TECHNICAL INNOVATION – PRODUCTS SPONSORED BY: PROCESS INDUSTRY INFORMER WINNER: SUNDYNE HMD KONTRO VAPOURVIEW®

VapourView® is a revolutionary condition monitoring instrument that broadens the scope of sealless pump technology extending its economic and environmental benefits to wider applications. Hazardous area certified, VapourView® can be applied where sensitivity to vapourisation is critical (e.g. hydrocarbon pumping). Non-invasive, VapourView® provides a real time ‘window’ on the pumped medium, signalling any significant gas content in the liquid. Subsequent remedial system changes eliminate safety risk, maximise up-time and extend the life of capital equipment. TECHNICAL INNOVATION – PROJECTS SPONSORED BY: KSB WINNER: TRIARK AODD PUMP USED IN FOAM CONCRETE APPLICATION By using an AODD pump at its heart, Triark developed a pneumatic ‘foam generator’ that was able to produce the same sort of foam that Celcon use in the factory production of its building blocks, but in a more liquid form to enable onsite mixing and pouring of lightweight foam concrete to fill landfill sink holes. Attached to the side of the cement mixer, allowing use of the on-board compressor and water tanks, appropriate volumes of water and foaming agent are drawn separately into the integral AODD Pump, which mixes them in the correct ratio to produce the pre-foaming solution. ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRIBUTION OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY: SPP PUMPS WINNER: SIEMENS INSTALLATION OF VARIABLE SPEED DRIVES ON MARCHWOOD POWER STATION MAIN COOLING WATER PUMPS Marchwood Power Station is located near Southampton on the Solent estuary and in 2015, they contracted Siemens DF& PD to convert three mechanically throttled pump systems on the plant cooling water intake system to variable speed flow control. On completion of the project, the power station has seen significant energy savings and a dramatically improved station power output (more MW’s for the same fuel usage) based upon optimised cooling.

MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY: SIEMENS WINNER: NEPTUNO PUMPS World-class designer and manufacturer with over 44 years of experience delivering custom engineered, innovative and sustainable pumping solutions for highly abrasive and corrosive applications. Recognised by the World Economic Forum as a pioneer in the circular economy, Neptuno Pumps has adapted its capabilities to reduce, reuse adn recycle its customer’s waste through remanufacturing and redesigning as well as reducing their CO2 emissions through energy efficient pumping solutions, redefining the relationship between end-user and manufacturer.

DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY: WEG WINNER: TOMLINSON HALL & CO. Founded in 1919 Tomlinson Hall’s extensive engineering expertise ensures they provided full service solutions to customer’s challenges. 2016 saw the firm at the forefront of offering innovative new services to industry, including Pump Energy Check reports in partnership with Grundfos Pumps, whilst also continuing to invest heavily in staff training. As a manufacturer of its own pump “Liquivac” in addition to global distribution for other brands, Tomlinson Hall understands technical challenges from a manufacturer’s perspective, which greatly strengthens the service offer to end users. ENGINEER OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY: WORLD PUMPS WINNER: JAMIE MILLS XYLEM WATER SOLUTIONS Jamie, Systems Engineer at Xylem Water Solutions is a dedicated member of the BIM4Water steering group who specifically explores water industry information exchange and standard product data template creation. With a strong interest in emerging technologies he pioneered techniques of additive manufacturing in hydraulic pump modelling. In 2015 Jamie proposed a concept which aims to predict the optimum time to service or replace pumps by mathematically predicting their performance degradation.

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY: TOMLINSON HALL & CO WINNER: ABB As a supplier to the pump industry, ABB goes the extra mile to deliver innovation and value to its organisation and customers. This goes far beyond providing the consistently high levels of technical innovation, environmental awareness, market penetration and growth are the company’s objectives. With its focus on delivering best practice and leading-edge ideas, ABB continues to push the boundaries of technological achievement, with particular emphasis on helping its customers to explore and unlock the opportunities offered by industry 4.0. 06

training THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE PUMP INDUSTRY AWARDS – A MAN OF DETERMINATION Brian Huxley is a qualified Training Officer, whose career started in the early 1960’s as a commercial apprentice with GLYNWED. He went on to hold several training positions, before leaving the company in 1974 to become Group Training Officer for METCOM – a Federation of Mechanical and Engineering Trades. He held that position until 1978 when he was promoted to Regional Manager. From his humble beginnings at METCOM he progressed to Regional General Manager, then Assistant Director, then Director and eventually to take on the role of Managing Director. In 1993, amongst his other roles within METCOM, Brian was also asked to take on a Trade Association which was at that time operating with a part time General Secretary and a part time Technical officer. It was from there that our recipient began the restructuring of the BPMA. As a Director of the BPMA, he has been responsible for introducing and creating many of the services that are available to members today, such as the Buyers Guide, Newsletters, BPMA Training and the World Pump Report. In 1998 he insisted that the BPMA employed a full time Technical Director, to oversee and further develop that important aspect of the Association’s service offering. Under his Directorship the BPMA became one of the first Trade Associations to have a website and to offer membership to suppliers of the industry, something that has been copied by many others since. In 2009, in order to safeguard the interests of both members and staff, he instigated the BPMA’s transition to a limited company. Over the years, he stabilised the finances and developed a healthy balance sheet, enabling the role of BPMA Director to be passed onto his successor, Steve Schofield, in 2013. An accomplished diplomat, well known for his calm and measured approach, he is recognised throughout the UK and Europe as a true Ambassador for the UK Pump Industry. In view of this outstanding dedication, Brian is a worthy winner of this year’s PIA Lifetime Achievement Award.

VAPOURVIEW® WINS INNOVATION ACCOLADE SUNDYNE HMD KONTRO COLLECTS PRESTIGIOUS PUMP INDUSTRY AWARD VapourView ® from Sundyne HMD Kontro has won a prestigious accolade for innovation at the British Pump Industry Awards 2017. Defying stiff competition, VapourView ® , the company’s revolutionary sealless pump condition monitoring instrument, won the coveted award for Technical Innovation of the Year (Product). Martin Stuart, Product Development Manager, was delighted to collect the award on behalf of Sundyne HMD Kontro Sealless Pumps at the ceremony: Whilst our technical team foresaw that the development of VapourView® would broaden the scope of sealless pump technology, we did not envisage the honour of winning this internationally renowned award for innovation. “Gaining such a prestigious accolade has confirmed VapourView® as a ground- breaking gas detection device. We look forward to further introducing sealless magnetic drive pumps to new audiences who can now benefit from lower maintenance costs, enhanced health and environmental safety, leak-free operation and long life durability.” Developed by HMD Kontro and launched with cUL harzardous area certification in mid-2016, VapourView ® provides vital information to the end-user on the presence of gas in a pump’s internal flow regime and forewarns of adverse conditions likely to affect bearing lubrication or magnetic coupling cooling in a sealless magnetic drive pump. Non-invasive, VapourView ® , provides a real time ‘window’ on the pumped medium, signalling any significant gas content in the liquid. This information permits remedial system changes to be made, eliminating safety risk, maximising up-time and extending the life of capital equipment. Founded by the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) in 2000, the importance of the Pump Industry Awards programme has grown steadily to become the recognised platform for celebrating significant industry achievement. For further details about VapourView ® and the Sundyne HMD Kontro sealless pump range, please visit

THE ENGINEER BEHIND THE ACCOLADE As part of a series of interviews with individuals who have chosen career in the Pump industry, here we talk to Jamie Mills, winner of the ‘Engineer of the Year Award’ at the recent 2017 Pump Industry Awards. Q1. EDUCATION: When did you first become aware that you wanted to be an engineer and how did you approach this career path (University, Apprenticeship, other)? From an early age I’ve always had a keen interest in science technology and engineering, to some degree I think my father, who is a physicist, may have influenced this. After leaving school I worked on the tools as a kitchen fitter and carpenter. I really enjoyed my time on site but felt the wear on the body would get the better of me in later life so I made the decision to retrain as an engineer, taking a full time degree at Aston University in electromechanical engineering. Q2. CAREER CHOICE: When and how did you decide on a career in Pumps? My first encounter with pumps and turbomachinery was at university on the fluid dynamics module. I had a very keen interest in fluid systems and the way in which we can mathematically predict the behaviour of pumps within a system. Whist studying I took a placement with Xylem working with the Flygt brand, which allowed me to pursue a ‘final year project’ measuring pump flow rates using LASER technology. Having enjoyed this I returned to Xylem as a Trainee Systems Engineer. Q3A. WORK Is there an average day for you and if so what does that involve? My primary job function is to support the Xylem UK sales team on complex pumping and pump system issues. The jobs I get involved in can range from studying rising main profiles and developing system curves to in depth energy analysis. Alongside this I also look after Xylem’s interests in building information modelling (BIM) where I also chair the BIM4Water Standard Libraries Group; we are specifically looking at data exchange within the water industry and how we can facilitate this for our clients going forward. Q3B. What do you enjoy most about this industry and your role in it The water industry forms a key part of the day to day life. I feel at this present time we are on the verge of a technological leap forward with lots present time we are on the verge of a technological leap forward with lots of intelligent new systems and products. This is very exciting and presents great opportunities for engineers. Q4. PIA What was it that you think, made you a finalist in this year’s Awards and how did it feel to win? Over the past couple of years I have been working hard to ensure Xylem and other manufacturers within the water industry can deliver the correct information required by owner operators and members across the supply chain to make BIM happen. For us all to see the benefits of good information management someone needed to carry this forward, and with support from my management team, I have been pushing this vision hard. Other involvements that I’m particularly proud of include my work with emerging technologies and additive manufacturing for pumps. Winning the award was a very proud moment for me! Better still, I got to share the achievement with my grandfather who sadly passed away shortly afterwards. He too was an engineer and a great inspiration to me. 5. CPSA You are CPSA accredited, has this helped you in your work or contribute to any aspects of your work? Yes very much so, I will regularly look at a machine’s energy characteristics - efficiency and unitisation when making pump selections. Having a practical working knowledge of pump performance and their understanding pump performance testing in accordance with ISO14414allows me to capture data with confidence and deliver a qualified energyanalysis. But of course more importantly it gets me out of the office for onsite testing; something I enjoy from my days on the tools. Jamie Mills is a Systems Engineer with BPMA member company, Xylem Water Solutions.



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Old pumps not only consume too much energy, they are also prone to failure which can adversely affect your maintenance budget and in turn your business. By replacing them with new, correctly sized, energy-efficient pumps, you will enjoy reliable, low-cost pump operation. As a way of helping to undertake that all-important pump selection the BPMA has developed a Pump Search Engine, which is available for anyone to use. This easy to use online search facility can be readily accessed via the existing BPMA website

Under the existing WEEE Directive, pumps (other than garden pumps) have NOT been included within scope. However, this first revision of the Directive has now brought into play many products that were previously out of scope, including pumps. Following a meeting between BPMA, BEIS (Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) and the Environment Agency in July 2016, which was convened to clarify whether ‘pumps’ should be within the scope of WEEE2, it was agreed that the BPMA would produce and submit its own ‘position paper’. This course of action was determined primarily because BEIS had been overwhelmed with the amount of items that required clarification, but also because BPMA was best placed of draft such a document, given its in depth knowledge of the subject matter. As such, and having formed a dedicated Working Group to fully assess the Commission Guidance documents for both domestic and non-domestic pumps, the BPMA produced and submitted its proposals. Unfortunately, due to a number of factors, the initial draft of the ‘position paper’ was rejected by BEIS & the Environment Agency and so the BPMA were asked to revisit certain aspects and re-submit a second draft in due course. This was duly done but our revised position paper was not accepted at a further meeting in December 2016 and neither the UK Government or Environmental Agency would give a blanket exclusion on pumps for WEEE2. They recognised some of our statements such as fixed installations and professional installers may be used on some types of pumps but said these statement could not be used across all pumps. Many topics were discussed such as ; · pumps with couplings and pumps without couplings · domestic pumps & industrial pumps . who places the finished product on the market? . bare shaft pumps . motors and who is responsible for the motor The conclusion was that the pump industry needed to come up with a set of principles/scenarios And then have groups of pumps which will be in WEEW2 and out of WEEE2. Both BEIS and the manufacturers. They needed something that was simple that could be used by all. Accordingly the BPMA Working Group met again and produced amongst other things a Flow Chart to assist in clarifying compliance.... Regrettably at a further meeting in May 217 the BPMA proposals were again rejected and accordingly further guidance from Government is now awaited.


There are two ways to search for your perfect pump and its supplier: Search One: You know the type of pump you need If you know the type of pump you are looking for, you just need to click on the Pump Type drop-down menu, select your Pump Type then click Show Results. This will offer you a list of BPMA members who will be able to supply this type of pump. Search Two: You know the application, but not the pump type If you are not sure of your Pump Type, but know what it will be used for, simply click on the Pump Application drop-down menu, select your application and then click Show Results. This will offer you a list of BPMA members who can supply pumps suitable for that particular application. If your initial search delivers a large number of potential suppliers, it can be further refined by selecting extra parameters from the options available in the left hand column. Only BPMA members are displayed on this search engine and all BPMA members have agreed to adhere to the BPMA Code of Conduct, so you are assured of high quality, fully compliant, energy efficient pumps on every selection. You can now use the Pump Search to easily find the correct pump for your requirements and then knowingly “Buy with Confidence” from a BPMA Member.

For further information relating to the BPMA please contact British Pump Manufacturers Association, National Metalforming Centre, 47 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich B70 6PY, UK Tel: 0121 601 6350 Fax: 0121 601 6373 E-mail: or visit our website: The BPMA takes no responsability for the statements, claims or opinions expressed in this Newsletter


economic update ECONOMIC VIEWPOINT – GLOBAL AND UK (MAY 2017) Oxford Economics We have raised our world GDP growth forecasts by a percentage point to 2.7% for 2017 and 3.0% in 2018. Similarly, we have lifted our inflation forecast for this year to 3.1%. Surveys continue to suggest buoyant global manufacturing activity. The global manufacturing PMI slipped slightly In April, but remains near three-year highs. Encouragingly, all main product groups - consumer, intermediate and capital goods – have registered solid increases. Indeed, the acceleration in intermediate goods production could signal stronger growth in the months ahead further down to the supply chain. In addition to a buoyant PMI reading, our own monthly export indicator shows another acceleration in March, which points to further support for manufacturing activity. But there are reasons for caution given there are still underlying factors holding back demand. Large uncertainties around our central forecast persist given the unpredictability of President Trump’s policies, and markets have tempered their initial enthusiasm regarding the success of ‘Trumponomics’. The Eurozone economy remains resilient amid key elections in the Netherlands, France, and Germany. Our view remains that populist fears are overstated, which is only reinforced by the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the French presidential election. Many emerging markets have started 2017 with positive momentum, but caution remains the name of the game as the Fed prepares to raise rates faster than previously expected and the future of US trade policy remains uncertain. In the UK, we have nudged down our forecast for 2017 GDP growth from 1.9% to 1.8% following a disappointingly weak outturn for Q1. After displaying a surprising degree of resilience last year, consumers now appear to be retrenching in the face of higher inflation, while other sectors of the economy have thus far struggled to fill the void. UK business investment faltered badly in 2016, falling by 1.5% for the year overall after growing 5.1% in 2015. Although the corporate sector continues to enjoy a strong financial position, Brexit-related uncertainty is likely to persist with some firms set to postpone capital spending until the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU becomes clearer. Capital spending is likely to expand just 0.4% this year and 1.6% in 2018. Markets reacted favourably to the announcement of a snap election on June 8, reasoning that a large Conservative majority would make it easier for May to win parliamentary support for the final Brexit deal and offer her greater flexibility to make the concessions required to agree a deal with the EU. We concur with this view and it has strengthened our conviction that the most likely Brexit outcome will be a three-year transitional arrangement followed by a free-trade agreement.

industry compliance As part of the UK leaving the EU, the Government will introduce the so- alled “Great Repeal Bill” which will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and transpose European Union law into domestic law, where practical. The estimates are 63,000 pieces EU law will need to be reviewed . This is needed because some types of EU legislation have never had to be formally written into UK law before. In other cases, EU legislation has been transposed into UK legislation either by statutory instruments or primary legislation. A vast amount of UK legislation therefore contains references to the EU Treaties, other EU bodies with regulatory functions. The government will also be able to consider opportunities for regulatory flexibility once the UK leaves mnthe EU. Government must work to ensure as much stability and comparability on regulation and standards as possible post Brexit is achieved. We still awaite clarity on what will replace the existing CE mark in the UK that is currently placed on products . The BPMA Currently advise members on specific changes with the following EU Directives; 1. Directives ; ◦ ATEX 2014/34/EU 2. ◦ Pressure Equipment 2014/68/EU 3. ◦ Machinery 2006/42/EC 4. ◦ Outdoor Noise 2005/88/EC 5.◦ EMC 2014/30/EU 6. ◦ EMF 2013/35/EU 7. ◦ Low Voltage 2014/35/EU 8. ◦ Drinking Water 98/83/EC 9. ◦ Chemical (Reach) 2016/217/EU 10 ◦ WEEE 2012/19/EU ◦ ROHS 2011/65/EU 11. ◦ IPPC 96/61/EC 12. ◦ ErP (Energy Related Product) 2009/125/EC 13. ◦ Energy Labelling Directive 2010/30/EU 14◦ Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU 15. ◦ Energy Performance of Buildings 2010/31/EU 16. ◦ Construction Products Regulation 305/2011Whilst there is no imminent actions required we advise the following updates received from the European Commission. Whilst there is no imminent actions required we advise the updates received from the European Commission. For more informatuon contact Steve Smith at BPMA on Tel: 0121601 6691 or e-mail

bpma news KSB TO SUPPLY PUMPS & VALVES FOR NEW HINKLEY POINT C NUCLEAR POWER STATION The KSB Group has received orders amounting to just under € 30 million to supply pumps and valves for the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The power station on the Severn Estuary in South West England involves the construction of two new units equipped with EPR reactors and is due to be completed by 2025. The German pump manufacturer will supply four vertical, multistage barrel pull-out pumps of the RVM 80-265 series, including motors and further accessories as well as a spare parts package by 2020. Crucial for winning this order was the tight cooperation between the German- based KSB AG and the Chinese joint venture SEC-KSB. These specialist pumps are being constructed for handling water for the primary cooling circuits in each reactor. KSB’s Luxembourg-based subsidiary SISTO Armaturen S.A. will supply some 6,000 SISTO-20NA and SISTO-KRVNA diaphragm valves and vent valves by the end of 2019. Receiving the go-ahead for this contract was largely due to the good experience the operators have enjoyed with these valves in the three other EPR reactors. Furthermore, KSB S.A.S. France and the KSB Aktiengesellschaft factory in Pegnitz, Germany will also deliver numerous lowpressure and lift check valves by the end of 2021. The overall cost for the extension of the Hinkley Point nuclear power station is estimated to amount to more than € 20 billion. The two new reactors are scheduled to go online in 2025 and have a planned service life of 60 years. The aim is for the power station to cover seven percent of the UK’s power requirements. For more information contact KSB Ltd, Tel: +44 (0) 1509 231 872 E-mail: Web;


BUY WITH CONFIDENCE – AND ENJOY PEACE OF MIND The UK pump industry, through the auspices of the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA), has over recent years been working closely with the UK Government and the European Commission, along legislative programmes dealing with product safety, environmental impact and energy reduction. The BPMA continues to invest in this activity for the benefit of the sector, its customers and most importantly, pump users. In support of this work and the massive investment manufacturers have made in this area, the BPMA created a ‘Code of Conduct’ for its members, where compliance with all relevant European and/or UK legislation is a major requirement. Therefore, by choosing to deal with BPMA members, you are assured that the products and services supplied are fully compliant across all the given parameters. Many people may not be aware that it is not just the manufacturer who is responsible for compliance, but that suppliers and installers of pumps and pump systems must also play a part when placing products onto the UK market. This especially applies if the products supplied are ‘own branded’ or ‘packaged’. In view of the tremendous cost burden placed on the pump sector through implementing the legislative programmes, the BPMA, on behalf of its members, are keen to ensure that every product placed on the market in the UK is fully compliant. As such, we are already working with the UK Market Surveillance Authorities to ensure that this is the case. The BPMA, and its members, will take every action required (and available to them), to stop non-compliant products entering or being placed on the UK market. The BPMA is proud to promote the “Buy with Confidence” from a BPMA member ethos and indeed its new Advisory Service, which seeks to assist companies in achieving appropriate compliance with current legislation.

bpma news HEAVY DUTY CHOPPER PUMPS FOR INDUSTRIAL PROCESS APPLICATIONS With T-T’s 57 years’ experience they have vast knowledge on the challenging fluid handling problems in the process industry. T-T’s range of heavy duty chopper pumps have been designed to tackle the tough industrial processes. The ETO, ETV and PTS range of heavy duty chopper pumps have a double chopping anti-clogging performance. The first chopping system consists of two chrome steel blades secured on the body inlet, acting in contrast to a spiral conveyor made from high grade cast iron and fitted to the motor shaft. The second chopping system consists of a shear cutting plate in special high grade cast iron, the cutting edges of the high grade impeller maximise the cutting action against the cutting plate. With a maximum speed of 2900 rpm, this is the only chopping system that operates at over 170 cuts per second! Each pump in the range is ideal for particularly heavy applications that require a preliminary chopping of the solid material suspended in the liquid being pumped. The PTS range is a submersible heavy duty chopper pump. The ETO is an electric horizontal version which is mounted on a frame and coupled with a standard starter electric motor by a flexible coupling, and the ETV is a vertical option of the chopper pump range. The ETO, ETV and PTS range of heavy duty chopper pumps are available in a Nitec anti-corrosive coating for protection against aggressive liquids, making them the ideal choice for industrial applications. For more information visit Web: or call Tel: 01630 647200.

STUART TURNER INTRODUCE FLOMATE IBOOST, THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION TO LOW MAINS WATER PRESSURE Flomate iBoost has been developed to boost the mains supply to larger properties with multiple bathrooms, using high flow combination boilers or an unvented cylinder system, where higher pressure and flow are required. This fully integrated system combines a 200 litre cold water break tank which overcomes restricted mains water flow with a high performance multi-stage pump to dramatically boost pressure. Flomate iBoost is capable of delivering water up to 4.5 bar and flow rates in excess of 100 ltrs/min and is designed to sit alongside other appliances within a kitchen or utility room or can be concealed within any standard 600mm kitchen larder cabinet. For more information contact Stuart Turner Ltd, Tel: 0141 637 7141 E-mail: Web:




After 24 years as a Director of the BPMA Brian Huxley has decided to retire on the 30th June 2017 . When Brian took over in 1993 the association was run by part time staff. From 1994 -1998 he rebuilt the association moving from 1 part time to 3 full time staff with new services and resources to ensure the BPMA would continue to grow . I am sure you will all join me in wishing Brian a long and healthy retirement As part of a restructure within BPMA Steve Smith will be promoted to Assistant Director commencing 1st July 2017 . All existing contracted external resources that support our Brian Huxley Training, Web, Marketing, Economic, PR and Accounting functions will be maintained, and the Board will continue to work with Steve Schofield and his team to ensure that optimum levels of service are maintained to members during the changeover and beyond. We are sure that you will welcome the changes and join me in congratulating Steve Smith in his new position

Steve Schofield Peter Reynolds BPMA President

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Older pumps not only consume too much energy, they are also prone to failure that can adversely affect your business and your maintenance budget. By replacing them with new, energy-efficient pumps, you get reliable, low-cost pump operation. This is what a large office building in central London did when they replaced obsolete pumps with new, energy-efficient models following a Grundfos Energy Check. The pumps now operate to meet the actual demand, and the new pumps are delivering a saving 318,000 kWh per year after they followed through on recommendations they received having undertaken a Grundfos Energy Check. This amounts to a massive saving of ÂŁ30k p.a., a large reduction in CO 2 emissions and a payback of just 2.8 years. Grundfos are typically able to achieve savings of 30-50% for customers with an Energy Check. As they point the way towards the optimal pump replacement that provide great energy savings. In addition, you will achieve reliable operation, reduced downtime and reduced repair costs. The result: greatly improved system reliability. Visit to learn more.



QDOS PUMP REPLACES THREE DIAPHRAGM PUMPS AT MAJOR WATER TREATMENT PLANT · Qdos 30 pump proves ideal for dosing phosphorous coagulant iron III chloride · Maintenance time and spare parts reductions help deliver rapid ROI · More Qdos applications now planned at this plant and others in the company The water treatment plant at Riepe, in the East Frisia region of Lower Saxony, has replaced three diaphragm pumps with a Qdos series peristaltic pump fromWatson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG). Dosing phosphorous coagulant iron III chloride for over a year, the Qdos 30 pump has not only cut capital equipment costs, but introduced significantly reduced maintenance and repair costs. The Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischer Wasserverband (OOWV) is a regional water association in the East Frisia region of Germany that not only supplies clean drinking water, but purifies the waste water from more than 500,000 people through 46 water treatment plants. “Besides household waste water, we also have a relatively large amount of waste water from industrial areas,” explains Plant Manager Klaus Janssen. “For this reason, the phosphorous levels in the inflow water are relatively high, at around 15 mg/l on average. However, our prescribed phosphorous limit at the point of entry is 2.0 mg/l, although we are in fact striving to not exceed the target limit of 0.5 mg/l.” DIAPHRAGM PUMP ISSUES In order to achieve this reduction, the waste water facility uses chemical coagulation, which converts the phosphate solution in the water into insoluble phosphate compounds that can then be isolated. At Riepe, one diaphragm pump supplied the coagulant


from underground storage containers into the holding tank, with the actual dosing handled by two further diaphragm pumps – one in constant use and one in standby mode in the event of a failure. Indeed, failure was an increasingly common outcome as the pump diaphragms were often corroded by the chemical coagulants, making replacement necessary. “The diaphragm pumps also produce a strongly pulsating flow which, after some time, would lead to signs of wear and tear on the fittings and valves,” says Mr Janssen. “The maintenance work started amounting to several hours per month; moreover, we had to hold a whole range of spare parts in stock, including diaphragms and valves.” A further problem with the diaphragm pumps was suction. Air would be drawn in, which could jam the valves meaning that the diaphragm pumps were unable to prime and pump. As a result, the phosphorous limits discharged from the plant increased and, in the worst case, meant that the relevant authorities had to be notified. To avoid this, emergency operations at night or during the weekend were becoming more frequent. The problem occurred most often whenever the stock of coagulant was replenished. Here, the chemical dosing lines had to be manually flooded with water to enable the diaphragm pumps to operate. HIGH PHOSPHATE LEVELS? NO PROBLEM The new Qdos 30 peristaltic pump at this site doses at 150ml/ min, although it offers a maximum flow rate of 500ml/min – more than enough for occasions when there are high phosphate levels in the water. The single Qdos pump is able to draw the iron III chloride directly from the storage tank, which means

that a holding pump, the standby pump and, the holding tank, plus associated float switches and electronics, are no longer necessary “While the accuracy of the diaphragm pumps declined over time as the diaphragms became corroded and worn, the Qdos pump is extremely accurate, so we’ve able to reduce the frequency of recalibration.” COMPLETE RELIABILITY In total, Mr Janssen estimates that the Qdos pump has led to an impressive time saving of between two and five hours per month. “By relieving us of this workload and the saving on spare parts, the investment has paid off very quickly.” For more information please contact Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group, Falmouth, Cornwall. Tel: 01326 370370 E-mail: Web:


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INTRODUCING THE FIDC™ SEAL – THE NEXT GENERATION OF HIGH PERFORMANCE SEALING SOLUTIONS Developed using the basis of the proven CDSA™ cartridge double mechanical seal, AESSEAL® are pleased to announce the availability of the FIDC™ (Flow Induced Dual Cartridge) seal. The FIDC™ boasts improved barrier fluid flow through a unique integral pumping device. This is designed to increase and direct barrier fluid towards the seal faces keeping them cool, therefore leading to even further improvement on reliability in the process. Available in a range of different materials from standard stainless steel to other exotic alloy materials, this makes the FIDC™ compatible with a whole host of process fluids including the special demands of corrosive fluid containment. Additionally, the FIDC™ has self-aligning seal faces keeping them square to the shaft whilst also being hydraulically pressure balanced to ensure excellent sealing. With its modular design, the FIDC™ is easy to install and can be easily adapted to different applications. AESSEAL® is one of the worlds leading specialists in the design and manufacture of mechanical seals, bearing protectors, seal support systems and gland packing. AESSEAL® has 230 locations worldwide, supplying customers in 104 countries, and employs a global network of sales engineers and technical support specialists. For more information, visit our website or call 01925 741111

ITT GOULDS PUMPS – INNOVATORS FOR OVER 160 YEARS INTRODUCES i-ALERT2 The i-ALERT Equipment Health Monitor is a Bluetooth Smartenabled machine health Monitor that allows customers to identify potential equipment problems before they become costly failures. ITT’s ALERT2 tracks vibration, temperature and run-time hours and wirelessly syncs the date with smartphone or tablet through the i-ALERT2 mobile app. This condition monitor combines the latest in Bluetooth low-energy and sensor technologies commonly used in the newest consumer health and fitness trackers and smart watches. It is the first condition monitor to successfully integrate these technologies into an industrial package in a small footprint for [2.24 in. (L) by 1.54 in. (W) by 1.40 in. (H] which is half the size of a credit card. It is engineered and rated for use in a wide range of industrial environments. It is chemical resistant, rated for extreme temperatures (40 to 183 F) and is rated to operate in environments with explosive gases, dust and fibres. With 24/7 monitoring, a wireless range of up to 100 ft and the abitlity to scan multiple i-ALERT2 devices at once with a mobile device, customers will be able to quickly and safely inspect multiple pieces of equipment and be alerted of potential problems before they become critical failures. Through mobile app, customers can now view real-time and historical data, diagnostic information and machines records. This provides them with the data necessary to make informed decisions. Customers can now spend less time collecting data and more time saving problems. The i-ALERT2 is fitted as standard to Goulds ANSI and ISO process pumps and comes with a 5 year warranty.

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THE ESSENTIALS FOR POWERFUL PUMPS Pumps are absolutely central to minerals processing, transporting the process liquid through the entire wet cycle. Therefore, choosing the right pump for the job is essential to avoid unnecessary and costly interruptions to the process. Harvinder Bhabra, Pumps Senior Product Manager at Weir Minerals Europe, discusses how the latest generation of pumps is achieving a longer lifespan alongside ease of maintenance and enhanced efficiency.

Whatever the application for your pump may be – whether it is mining or quarrying – reliability, ease of maintenance and efficiency are all essential. In general, the process of mining is delving deeper, which necessitates more powerful pumps. The type of pumps used may change from single-stage centrifugal models to configurations of up to six or seven pumps in order to move liquid across greater distances and increasingly higher heads. Another factor to consider is the strict regulation surrounding various processes. In the minerals processing industry, for example, the drive to recycle water and reduce waste has introduced additional stages into the process, to ensure maximum water conservation. Such regulations have intensified the focus on keeping the process and all equipment functioning correctly and efficiently. Weir Minerals has responded by developing pumps that are more efficient, easier to service and operate longer between repairs. Employing the latest computer-aided design and simulation techniques and advanced engineering methods, Weir Minerals is rising to the challenge of fulfilling these requirements.



It is necessary for manufacturers to examine their existing designs and update their most widely used models. Using state-of- the-art techniques, Weir Minerals research and development teams are committed to designing new pumps that will out-perform their predecessors in terms of wear lifespan, safety, ease of maintenance and efficiency. Weir Minerals used Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to create 3D performance analysis models that helped refine the impeller and volute design of the Warman® AH TM pump. This technology identified areas that would normally experience excessive wear and enabled the team to design features to combat this issue and improve performance as a whole. The engineers who designed the pump took into account the full range of slurry mixtures them new pump would be expected to handle, while also analysing its energy consumption data. In trials, performance of the new product – the Warman® WBH® pump – was found to be vastly superior to the previous design, the Warman® AH™ pump. Wear life, ease of maintenance and energy consumption were studied in a variety of applications, with the new model exceeding every expectation. One field trial was conducted on an aggressive china clay application in the UK. On average, the existing Warman® AH™ pump lasted around 2,200 hours before requiring a complete overhaul of the wet end – not an unreasonable figure for this type of application. However, the Warman® WBH® pump achieved 6,700 hours before worn parts required replacement, more than three times the duration, with no noticeable loss of efficiency and minimal ongoing maintenance. Another field test saw the Warman® WBH® pump used on a cyclone feed application in the sand and aggregates sector. Again, it outlasted the existing pump by a compelling margin whilst consuming approximately 15 percent less energy.

Weir Minerals’ latest generation of pumps boasts a number of unique features that offer improved performance, including an adjustable throatbush, which addresses one of the most common wear areas within slurry pumps. Adjustment of the gap between the throatbush and impeller is one of the most regular maintenance operations, to reduce slurry recirculation which accelerates component wear. The development of a single point adjustment feature that is quick and easy to use without disruption to pump operation is a significant asset. Other improvements include a four-vane impeller that offers superior slurry guidance and a smoother flow through the pump, which in turn leads to improved wear life and better efficiency. Evolving existing pump designs and materials looks set to continue, alongside an emphasi on regular condition monitoring, to ensure equipment is able to deal with increasinglyrigorous demands without costly stoppages or consuming too much energy.

THE CASE FOR AN UPGRADE Weir Minerals’ latest generation of pumps has been created in response to a need for operators to get the very best performance out of their pumps. In the mining industry in particular, where the reliability and stability of the process is central to delivering the profit margin, operators need to think carefully whether to upgrade to the latest process equipment. The case to upgrade is a compelling one when a more reliable, modern pump might allow them to run their process harder and longer, more efficiently and, as a result, more profitably.

For more information contact Harvinder Bhabra, Weir Minerals Europe Ltd, Todmorden, Lancashire. Tel: 01706 814251 E-mail:

NEW SERIES OF CIRCUIT BREAKERS FROM WEG PROTECTS EQUIPMENT AND PREVENTS DOWNTIME WEG, a leading global manufacturer of motor and drive technology, has launched the DWB series of modular circuit breakers that can reliably interrupt shortcircuit currents up to 80 kA at 415 V to protect plant, equipment, cables and wiring, as well as motors and generators. The circuit breakers are ideal for a wide range of industrial applications and feature compact design, robustness and reliability, so engineers benefit from maximum operational reliability and uptime under the most demanding conditions as well as space-saving installation. The DWB moulded case circuit breakers are designed with rated operating voltages up to 690 V AC or 250 V DC and are available in three-pole and four-pole versions in six case sizes with rated operating currents from 16 to 1,600 A. The circuit breakers and associated


equipment and components can be switched on and off remotely with related accessories. The whole range features the same accessories including auxiliary switch blocks,undervoltage and shunt opening releases, and phase separators so engineers can reduce the required diversity of parts stock. That has a positive impact on stock management, type selection and detail engineering. The modular design of the DWB series allows the complexity of the circuit breakers to be adapted to the requirements of each application. For example, the needs of simple costsensitive applications can be met using circuit breakers with fixed overload and short-circuit tripping mechanisms based on the thermal-magnetic operating principle. By contrast, circuit breakers with adjustable overload and short-circuit tripping mechanisms can be deployed in more sophisticated solutions. Additionally, power disconnectors are available for effective interruption of power circuits. For more information on WEG’s energy efficient automation solutions visit or call Tel: +44 (0) 1527 513800 or E-mail;



The Grundfos SP reached a significant milestone this year when it celebrated its 50 th birthday. This durable, reliable, efficient submersible pump family has benefited from the addition of some advanced engineering improvements and a number of line additions in the interim, but fundamentally, the original construction is unchanged. These pumps were the world’s first submersible pump to be made entirely from stainless steel and their innovation was recognised early on when they won a prestigious design award in recognition of the fact that they delivered an engineering balance between technology, function and form. Today, the SP family is still a mainstay of the Grundfos portfolio and their flexibility can be seen in the many applications they support including delivering groundwater supplies, irrigation as well as supporting new digital solutions that offer farmers the additional opportunity for remote control and monitoring. Their robust nature makes them suitable for use in harsh environments such as mining. Since their launch, a staggering 4 million of these units have rolled off the production line and today millions of people all around the world depend on these submersible pumps to deliver their groundwater. Their continued success lies in the fact that they can be relied upon to work away, hidden from view and they are very, very good at doing this. Visit to find out more.

AXFLOW INTRODUCES COMPRESSOR VAPOUR RECOVERY SYSTEM FOR TANK EMPTYING AxFlow is now offering a compressor system as an alternative to centrifugal pumps for emptying liquefied gas from storage tanks, vessels and mobile tankers. Unlike pumps, which can only unload around 85% of the liquefied gas, the compressor system will easily transfer over 99% thereby enabling users to recover this potentially expensive liquid heel. The compressor system also eliminates the problem of liquefied gases boiling when centrifugal pumps are used. AxFlow’s VRS is a simple framemounted unit which can be used for intermittent and continuous duties. Available in mobile and static formats, the VRS is divided into two stages, liquid transfer and vapour recovery. The function of the compressor is to push the liquid from inside the tanker into the storage vessel using pressurised vapour from the storage vessel. Following this, the compressor connections are reversed using a 4-way valve to suck out any remaining vapour in the tanker and transfer it to the storage vessel. Designed specifically for liquefied gas transfer duties, the vertical piston compressor comes in single or two stage versions with air or water-cooling. Engineered to meet customer’s specific requirements the VRS enables liquid transfer or gas evacuation down to pressures of 50 millibar absolute, and is suitable for displacements of up to 212 m3/h and system pressures up to 42 bar. For more information contact AxFlow Ltd, Ealing, London. Tel: 0208 579 2111 E-mail; Web:


BPMA News May 2017  

News from the British Pump Manufacturers Association

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