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Automated Accuracy from Seepex

31-Oct-2017 04:26:00

SEEPEX have launched a new Smart Dosing Pump (SDP), enabling customers to input one parameter –the flow rate required – and then the integrated PLC makes adjustments automatically when necessary using information from a flow meter on the pump outlet.

Operation is simple: the SDP comprises a progressive cavity pump with an intelligent inverter drive which is programmed either locally via an HMI or centrally via a fieldbus interface. The SDP can also be controlledvia analogue/digital I/Os either locally or remotely by a PLC.

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Topics: News, Automation, Efficiency, Flow Control, Pumps

Xylem Launches 5th Generation Hydrovar for Complete Range Offering

21-Sep-2017 05:28:00

Offering energy savings of up to 70 per cent, Xylem, a leading global water technology provider, has launched the Hydrovar 5th Generation variable speed pump drive with a wealth of new features and new additions to the range.

Known for its robust and quality design, Hydrovar is now available across 21 models ranging from 1.5kW-4kW single phase to 22kW 3 phase – ensuring there is an option for each and every application. New features include a separate wiring compartment, with a dedicated cover to ensure wiring components are protected. What’s more, the electronic power component is potted, meaning that there is increased thermal dissipation and robust protection against vibration and condensation issues with the ability to operate down to an ambient temperature of -10oC. 

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Topics: Innovation, Best Practice, Efficiency, Flow Control, Pumps

Designing in Hygienic Solutions from the Beginning

04-Sep-2017 05:23:00

In tough working environments like the food processing sector, pumping delicate viscous fluids – that contain solids, is a day-to day occurrence. When it comes to specifying equipment therefore, it’s imperative that businesses specify products that are not only fit for purpose, ensuring the quality of the finished product – but also maintain impeccable hygiene standards. Here Paul Winnett at Xylem talks through the importance of choosing the right pump solution and some of the key features to look out for.

As with most manufacturing sectors, the food and beverage industry has a number of issues to bear, not least in its continuing commitment to stringent hygiene standards but also to ensuring the continued efficiency of their plant. In turn, the pump industry and wider markets have continued to evolve their products in line with the changing demands and now offer a plethora of potential solutions to meet industry needs.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Best Practice, Food & Beverage, Flow Control, Pumps

Beating the Drum for Liquids from Lutz

03-Nov-2016 09:01:47

If you use any kind of liquid other than tap water on your site, here’s a problem you’ll face on a regular basis. How do you easily and safely get the liquid out of its delivery container to where you actually want to use it?

It’s almost certainly been delivered in a drum or barrel - typically 5L or 25L carboys, 200l drums or IBCs. That’s convenient for delivery and storage, but not so convenient for getting the liquid out.

The containers are too big to tip and pour from, and if they’re full of toxic chemicals or flammable liquids that’s not a safe option anyway.

So how do you beat the drum challenge?

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Topics: Best Practice, Health & Safety, Efficiency, Flow Control, Pumps

Challenging the Norm with the Munsch Mega Mammut Pump

26-Apr-2016 08:17:31

The Pump Centre Conference and Exhibition is now only a few weeks away - held at the Telford International Centre the event on 12th May – and the theme of the event is Pump Innovation, Challenging the Norm.

So with that in mind ERIKS, one of the main event sponsors, have teamed up with German pump manufacturer Munsch Chemie-Pumpen GmbH to display mother of all pumps at the event - The Mega Mammut.

The Mega Mammut is the world’s largest armoured centrifugal pump for aggressive and abrasive service environments. With a motor rating of one megawatt, it can deliver up to 5,000 cubic metres per hour at a maximum pump head of 40 metres. The heavyweight  tips the scales at over 3 tonnes or even 8 tonnes when adding the motor and base plate.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Water & Wastewater, Steel, Engineering, Flow Control, Pumps

Efficiency You Can Rely On from Grundfos

24-Feb-2016 10:21:12

When it comes to pump selection there are a number of factors you need to consider, and by no means least the selection of supplier you can trust to do the job. That’s where Grundfos come in.

Whilst they have a full range of pumps for any application, their end-suction pumps are multi-purpose pumps suitable for a variety of different applications demanding reliable and cost-efficient supply and are useful for a number of key applications such as:

  • Water supply
  • Industrial pressure boosting
  • Industrial liquid transfer
  • Heating/district heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Irrigation
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Topics: News, Innovation, Flow Control, Pumps

Repair or Replace: The Key Criteria for Pump Decision-Makers

10-Aug-2015 12:20:00

Deciding whether to repair or replace a pump is rarely a black and white issue. Andy Cruse, from ERIKS Pump Division defines the key decision making criteria for pump users and offers his verdict on the repair or replace dilemma.


In the end most things come down to cost. If the unit price for a new pump is relatively low and isavailable it can make economic sense to replace. Our view is that single stage pumps up to 15kW, used in light industrial and HVAC, are replace rather than repair, because the cost of repairing failed bearings and seals, for example, is uneconomic for the pump user. For larger and “engineered” pumps it’s a different case altogether. This type of pump is of a more substantial build quality and will lend itself well to a number of maintenance and repair regimes over it’s working life, which is reflected in the price. At this point repair makes much more sense.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Engineering, Flow Control, Pumps

Submersible Pumps vs Surface Mounted Self-Priming Pumps

13-May-2015 09:30:00

ERIKS and Hydromarque  have recently worked in collaboration on a pump project at a leading snack food  manufacturer’s site in Teeside. The customer originally used five submersible pumps installed during the 1980’s, which were subsequently replaced by three slightly larger pumps sometime in the 1990’s.

On the basis of this project and best practice tips from ERIKS and Hydromarque pump experts, we have drawn a comparison between submersible and self-priming pumps.


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Topics: Best Practice, Water & Wastewater, Food & Beverage, Engineering, Flow Control, Pumps

Pumps Best Practice 2010 at the Pump Centre Conference!

08-May-2015 10:11:00

Once again this year ERIKS will be exhibiting at the annual Pump Centre Conference, where the conference will focus on Best Practices for 2020.

In the industry, there are a number of issues that could impact on our infrastructure and it is imperative for innovation and technical development to help to control TOTEX in a more difficult and more demanding working environment.

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Topics: News, Water & Wastewater, Engineering, Flow Control, Repairs, Pumps

A Saving The (New) Earth Solution

19-Jan-2015 08:00:00

When New Earth Solutions - a waste treatment and renewable energy specialist - needed a new pump, it had to be an efficient, reliable, and sustainable solution, with the help of Hydromarque Ltd, ERIKS came up with the goods.

The customer's existing Flygt submersible pump, situated in a pit to pump leachate, failed frequently. When the pi overflowed as a result, tankers were needed to take away the leachate, at a cost of £10,000 per year. And when the pump needed its frequent maintenance or repair, it had to be removed - requiring access to the pit, which in turn required specialist training and equipment.

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Topics: Renewables, Best Practice, Efficiency, Waste & Recycling, Flow Control

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