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Looking to expand your understanding of all things pump related? Read on for everything from hydraulic basics lessons to hands-on tech tips from our SupremeServ service experts. Also included are case studies highlighting just a few of our favourite projects, and even insights from our Managing Director in the Thoughts from the Corner Office series.

Nuts and bolts

The Nuts and Bolts of Pump Selection

Earlier we discussed that pressure is a form of energy and the centrifugal pump converts the input energy to pressure, arming the fluid with this energy to overcome the pipeline resistance and move from point A to point B. If we pick a point on the pump curve it has a corresponding flow rate (Q) on the X-axis and head (H) on the Y-axis. It tells us that this specific pump can arm the flow rate of “Q” with the pressure energy of “H”.

An Energy Conversion Machine - How a centrifugal pump actually works

An Energy Conversion Machine - How a centrifugal pump actually works

The task of any centrifugal pump is to move liquid, requiring “work.” To do this, the pump must equip the fluid with a suitable form of energy. Why do we say the suitable form of energy? Because for work to be done, we need the right type or form of energy to do the task.

Pump repair results in impressive increase in pressure and energy savings

Pump repair results in impressive increase in pressure and energy savings

It is one thing to understand in theory the importance of properly matching your pump to your system and operating close to its Best Efficiency Point (BEP,) but the reality is that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes you find yourself between a rock and a hard place: your budget.

Caliper

A few millimetres can cause huge problems: Why wear ring clearances matter

In this blog post we highlighted pump symptoms that could mean a clog is forming. If you are struggling with clogging, today’s post will explain why wear ring clearances should be one of the first things you check!

The (Dis)comfort of Asking for Help

From the Corner Office: The (Dis)comfort of Asking for Help

At KSB we pride ourselves in having a high level of technical proficiency in the field of fluid systems – “Our Technology Your Success.” We encourage and welcome the opportunity to interact with our customers to fully understand the challenges associated with their specific application. Our goal is to identify and rectify any potential pitfalls in the system design, thus avoiding system issues which often show themselves at the pump. It was then a humbling experience when I didn’t take this approach in my personal life as I do every day professionally.

From the Corner Office: Virtual Meetings – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

From the Corner Office: Virtual Meetings – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

It was interesting to read an article about the stresses associated with participation in a virtual meeting. The article referred to the importance of maintaining a high level of concentration required to listen, the effort associated with the need to interpret the many non-verbal clues and the challenge to remain composed during those moments of awkwardness when talking over each other. It is not a surprise then to acknowledge how one can feel a little emotionally drained after participation in such an event.

6 Wastewater Pump Symptoms You Don’t Want to Ignore - and why you might be seeing them now more than ever

6 Wastewater Pump Symptoms You Don’t Want to Ignore - and why you might be seeing them now more than ever

Due to the sudden increased use of disinfecting wipes, latex gloves and other materials residents are using to combat the corona virus, wastewater operators are seeing a sharp increase in wastewater clogs. As demand for cleaning wipes has skyrocketed, wastewater operators must grapple with the results of improper disposal.

PizzA

From the Corner Office: Pizza and Pumps

Upon the arrival of pizza delivery many years ago customer expectations were low. The long wait times were tolerated, high prices accepted and the short tempered order taker expected. The convenience of home delivered pizza grew, bringing other pizza makers into the market and leading to the need for differentiators to define one shop from another.

Want an Efficient System? Get This One Thing Right: Pump Selection

Want an Efficient System? Get This One Thing Right: Pump Selection

We all want a cleaner and healthier planet. We all know that reducing energy consumption is a key part in achieving this goal. But did you realize that pumps are responsible for a significant portion of all energy required by industry?

The sweet spot: How to keep your pump operating near its Best Efficiency Point (BEP)

The sweet spot: How to keep your pump operating near its Best Efficiency Point (BEP)

Each pump has what is called a ‘best efficiency point’ (BEP) or sweet-spot – a combination of head and flow rate where it will deliver its best performance in terms of both energy efficiency and service life.