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Motor Control Centers Enhance Smart Pumping Systems

These advanced components connect with a networked automation system and provide more control and safety for protecting pump systems.

Modern motor control technologies have surfaced that address evolving smart pumping system requirements. They protect pumping systems by simultaneously providing a new level of diagnostics, energy awareness and control, as well as by enhancing operator safety.

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System management has moved away from the equipment itself and into the control room. The components in motor control centers (MCC) offer advanced protection, efficiency and information, so that operators can provide more effective predictive maintenance.

Among the variety of solutions essential to the distribution of power, low-voltage MCCs are unique because they can be used for power distribution, as well as for the control and protection of motors. MCCs are traditionally the most effective way to group motor control, associated control, distribution and industrial communications equipment.

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10 Tips for Better Pump Life Management

When the whole plant unexpectedly shuts down, then the pump gets attention. A report presented by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows that most workforce accidents occur when a plant is in an emergency (unscheduled) situation. If you want to increase reliability and reduce the high costs and safety risks associated with emergency shutdowns, adding gauges and managing the data are simple and inexpensive first steps.

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Gauges will measure pump performance and display the differential pressure across the pump. That information, in conjunction with knowledge of the pump and system curves, will provide plenty of details about the health of the pump and system.

Pump Curves

The pump will operate at the point on its curve where it is intersected by the system curve. As the pump curve changes with impeller size, speed and wear (clearances open up), the system curve changes with wear, process control changes, corrosion and/or marine growth buildup.

10 tips providing guidance for using gauges to achieve better pump life management.

  1. Gauges are simple and relatively inexpensive. In addition to gauges, end users can adopt more current technology by substituting pressure transducers (digital gauges).
  2. Two gauges are recommended on the pump, one on the suction and one on the discharge. As a “Plan B,” use one differential pressure gauge. This is better than no gauges at all.
  3. It is advisable to use a compound pressure gauge or absolute pressure gauge on the suction side.
  4. It is recommend using absolute pressure gauges to avoid error in calculating the differential pressure.
  5. Several companies specify that gauge “taps” (penetrations drilled and tapped) be put on the pump flanges. It may be easier and less expensive to have them on the adjacent piping.
  6. The size of the pipe and the flow rate should be noted and then understand that gauges (transducers) measure pressure, not velocity. Should you place gauges on the adjacent piping, be aware that differences in elevations will need to be compensated to a common datum point, usually the pump (or impeller) centerline.
  7. A pressure gauge placed four to six pipe diameters downstream of the discharge flange will yield a more accurate head reading. Note that the gauge should be placed before the isolation and check valve to be accurate.
  8. Many facilities do not use gauges because of issues with vibrations and pressure pulsations. The use of snubbers, loops, capillary tubes and isolation valves is recommended to mitigate the problem.
  9. It is noted that some plants do not incorporate gauges for a variety of reasons. For those facilities, it’s advisable that at least an isolated/capped or plugged penetration where a gauge, transducer or digital gauge can be installed.
  10. Select the gauge (transducer) to be in the correct pressure range for the application. Gauges are most accurate in the middle one-third of their total range. Do not forget temperature ratings and compensation in that selection process.

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Launch of MTeq for Mud Pumping


Energy Recovery, Inc., a leader in pressure energy technology for industrial fluid flows, recently announced the release of MTeq, a pumping solution designed to increase productivity and reduce operating costs in the mud pumping process in oil & gas drilling applications by rerouting abrasive fluids away from high-pressure pumps.

In conjunction with the MTeq product launch, Energy Recovery also announced a partnership with Sidewinder Drilling LLC as its first early-stage partner for the solution.

MTeq is installed as a barrier between the mud pits and the pumps, thereby aiming to allow the pumps to process clean, particulate-free fluid, and not the particulate-laden fluid that lends to component failure.

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New SPX FLOW Manufacturing & Distribution Center

This 4 minute video lets you tour SPX FLOW’s new manufacturing and distribution center. The new facility – located in a modern, well connected industrial zone near Bydgoszcz, Poland – provides us with the ability to streamline their manufacturing processes and significantly improve product lead times.

Their investment in the facility and advanced manufacturing equipment confirms a commitment to exceed customer’s expectations. In this state-of-the-art facility, SPX FLOW manufactures and assemble a complete range of hygienic valves, pumps and plate heat exchangers to handle even the most challenging applications. You can rely on the performance, quality, and on time delivery of equipment from SPX FLOW.

SPX Pump & Parts Distributor

We provide many different SPX pumps & pump parts:

  • SPX Industrial Pumps
  • SPX Sanitary Pumps
  • SPX Metering/Dosing Pumps
  • SPX Johnson Pumps
  • SPX ClydeUnion Pumps
  • SPX Pump Parts
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In the News: Global Demand for Diaphragm Pumps Expected to Grow

industrial diaphragm pump newsAccording to a leading global technology research and advisory company, Technavio, the demand for diaphragm pumps is expected to grow by more than 5% by 2020.

What is triggering the growth?

Based on the report, the main reasons for the expected growth is due to the availability of low-cost labor and raw materials.

What industries will benefit the most from this news?

Specifically, the chemical and petrochemical industries will benefit the most from this news and this includes methanol, ethylene, or fertilizer plants all of which utilize diaphragm pumps almost exclusively for various applications that involve transferring fluids from one process to another. Diaphragm pumps are vital to this industry.

However, other industries will also benefit. Namely:

•Oil & Gas (expected to grow by ~3%)


•Food & Beverage


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Who are currently the top leaders for Diaphragm Pumps?

As reported by Technavio in the report, the current key players in diaphragm pumps are as follows:


Pump Engineering Co. is a proud distributor of Flowserve industrial pumps.

“Rise in application of the diaphragm pumps in the key industrial segments, like wastewater treatment, pharmaceuticals, food processing, and other sectors will help the diaphragm pump market to grow during the forecast period. The growth of the market is also attributed to its increasing application in industrial sectors of developing countries, such as India and China. The initiatives, like FDI regulations and deregulation of the pricing policy, taken by governments in these countries will boost industrial development, especially in the power, agriculture, oil and gas, chemical, infrastructure, and F&B sectors,” says Anju Ajaykumar, a lead analyst at Technavio.

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Proudly Serving Southern California!

Since 1946, Pump Engineering Company has been providing Southern California with pumping equipment from industry leading manufacturers. We are conveniently located in the area of Santa Fe Springs, CA. This allows us to offer sales, engineering, troubleshooting, service, and repair to our clients. Utilizing factory trained technicians to handle all of your industrial pumping requirements. With an extensive inventory of pumps and parts, Pump Engineering Company offers quality pumps and service for your brand.

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For more information contact us for prompt service 800.560.7867.

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Industrial Pump Types and Their Main Benefits & Applications

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There are many types of industrial pumps offered for a variety of applications. Each type of industrial pump comes with advantages not offered by other pumps. As experts in industrial pumps and rotating equipment since 1946, we wanted to provide a quick easy-to-digest way of understanding what advantages each industrial pump possesses.

Main Benefits, Advantages, & Applications of Each Type of Industrial Pump

1. Centrifugal Pumps

The best choice for lower viscosity liquids and high flow rates.

2. ANSI Process Pumps

Incorporates dimensional standardization, which allows for the piping, foundation, and design to be completed before pump suppliers are even selected. Also features more material options than other types.

3. API Process Pumps

Meets all API 610 requirements which assures safety & reliability for high pressure, high temperature hydrocarbon applications.

4. Axial Flow Pumps

The best choice for achieving a very high flow rate with very low head.

5. Booster Pumps

Allows for the build up of additional pressure required to move liquid over long distances.

6. Piston Pumps

The best choice for applications that involve abrasive liquids.

7. Progressive Cavity Pumps

Sometimes referred to as “the pump of last resort” because it is able to handle difficult liquids that other pumps are unable to accommodate.

8. Screw Pumps

These pumps feature the highest flow rate of positive displacement pumps.

9. Gear Pumps

The best choice for clean oil applications with few moving parts & simple construction.

10. Lobe Pumps

The best choice for sanitary applications that pump viscous liquids or liquids that contain fragile solids, featuring no metal-to-metal contact within the pump.

11. Diaphragm Pumps

One of the most versatile choices handling a wide range of liquids that are sealless and can run dry without damage to the pump.

12. Vertical Sump Pumps

One of the most affordable, cost-effective sump pumps offered.

13. Vertical Turbine Pumps

The best choice for deep wells.

14. Submersible Pumps

The best choice for areas prone to flooding. Also these pumps eliminate column shaft and bearings found in column sump pumps.

15. Self-Priming Pumps

Main advantage: no need for external priming!

16. Multistage Pumps

Currently the best way to get high pressure with a centrifugal pump with lower thrust loads.

17. Magnetic Drive Pumps

No mechanical seals & are certain to be leak-free in design.

18. Horizontal Split Case Pumps

One of the least likely pumps to cavitate that features much higher flow rates than end suction pumps.

Need Help on Deciding What’s Best For You?

A complete list of the industrial pump types we offer may be found here. If you need assistance deciding on what industrial pump type should be used for your business, then feel free to reach out to us @ (800) 560-7867 or contact us online.

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Benefits of Air-Operated Double-Diaphragm (AODD) Industrial Pumps

benefits air operated double diaphragmThere are many types of industrial pumps and many of them have grown tremendously over the years in power, design, and technology. Most notably, however, are AODD pumps. AODD stands for Air-Operated Double-Diaphragm. Because of their tremendous, they now play a large role in the pump selection process.

Main Advantages & Benefits of AODD Pumps

1. Easy to use
Who doesn’t appreciate something that is easy to use and/or install or assemble? One of the major selling points of AODD pumps are their simplistic design and construction. AODD pumps do not have any close-fit, sliding or rotating parts,which means assembly is minimal. They are often referred to as “plug and play” pumps.

2. Lightweight and portable

This aspect makes AODD pumps versatile in many respects. They may be easily transferred from one location to another as they are also easy to dismantle, repair, and clean compared to other pumps that have multiple electrical components and parts.

3. Safety
The only fuel required for AODD pumps are compressed air. AODD pumps do not require the use of electricity or any other fuel source that may pose a risk for working employees who operate or use them on a daily basis. This works as an added benefit for the food and beverage industry.

4. Flexibility
AODD pumps are able to run dry without the need for oil or expensive high quality lubricants. As a result they do not get clogged, stall, or result in damaged internal parts. They also feature fully sealed units meaning they may be able to be completely submerged in liquid. Manufacturers often offer AODD pumps in sizes featuring pumps as capable as pumping as slow as 1 gallon per minute and other custom options for added flexibility.

AODD Pumps that Pump Engineering Company Distributes

As a leading supplier and distributor of industrial pumps and fluid handling systems, we are an authorized distributor for the following brands of AODD pumps:


Our entire collection of industrial pump styles may be viewed here. For more information on industrial pumps, please call us toll free @ 800.560.7867.

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3 Ways to Prevent the #1 Cause of Pump Downtime

Currently, mechanical seal failures are the #1 cause of pump downtime. Mechanical seals are at the forefront of functional industrial pumping systems with the goal of restraining product leakage. However, mechanical seals are often made from a list of very delicate components that lead to failure if standard protocol & maintenance is not implemented.

prevent mechanical seal failure3 Ways to Prevent Mechanical Seal Failure

1. Proper Installation

Installation for any mechanical seal should strictly follow the guidelines and instructions set forth by the manufacturer. All seals should ne handled with extreme care to prevent damaging the seal faces or O-rings.

Here are some common issues we’ve seen occur in the installation process:

• Not tightening the set screws before removing the setting clips
• Not tightening gland bolts evenly
• Damaging O-rings or seal faces from lack of care
• Lack of knowledge or understanding resulting in improper installation

2. Preventing Excess Heat Generation

Excessive heat generation will dramatically affect a seal’s life span, with dry running being one of the most common culprits. Preventing these instances from occurring will keep you from unwanted repairs or costly mistakes. Here are a couple scenarios to consider.

• If the seal chamber’s pressure exceeds the seal’s design parameters, then you should contact the seal manufacturer for more guidance, as the seal may need to be altered.

• If the process fluid in unable to properly lubricate the seal faces, then you need to re-consider the sealing solution based on application and system details.

Reliable seal performance is often achieved when the correct piping system is used, proper pump preparation is carried out, and pump functions fall within the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parameters.

3. Mechanical Seals Must Be Stored Properly

Because mechanical seals contain a mix of metallic and non-metallic materials, they are very delicate by nature and must be properly stored in order to prevent unnecessary damage or failure. Refer to our basic guidelines below when storing a mechanical seal.

When storing a mechanical seal for more than 2 years:
Disassemble the entire seal and store them as individual components. O-rings should adhere to the environmental conditions below. If the seal has been in use, then all parts should be cleaned and dried before storage. All openings in the seal’s gland should be plugged & seal faces should not be stored together in the same packaging.

When storing new seals for less than 2 years:

No disassembly is required, but the seal should be stored in a clean, cool environment. Please refer to our environmental conditions guidelines below. Also, the seal’s faces must be rotated against each by two turns every 3 months if it is not currently used in operation in order to prevent face lock and loss of face flatness.

Environmental Conditions for all Mechanical Seals

For any mechanical seal, there are environmental conditions that should be adhered to at all times.

• Room temperature must remain between 40 F & 80 F with humidity less than 70 percent.
• No exposure to radiation or sunlight.
• No exposure to contamination from solvents, oils, copper, or pumped products.
• No exposure to ozone or ozone-generating devices or equipment.

Pump Engineering Company offers industrial pump repair & services to several counties located throughout Southern California & Northern California. Contact us toll-free @ 800.560.7867 for more information regarding our services.

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Welcome to Our Industrial Pump Repair & Maintenance Blog!

industrial pump blogPump Engineering Co. is a well-established fluid handling technology company that has been providing industrial pump repair & maintenance to Southern California since 1946. We provide emergency services and employ licensed, trained industrial pump technicians to ensure your systems are running at full capacity and optimal efficiency.

One of the Leaders in Industrial Pump Repair & Service in SoCal!

Pump Engineering Co. proudly services several types of industrial pumps and pump brands to the Southern California region including Flowserve, Durco, Hydra-Cell, Moyno, and many others in South. For more information on this, please view our links below.

Industrial Pump Brands We Service & Repair.

Industrial Pump Types We Service & Repair.

What You’ll Gain From Our Blog

We envision our blog to be a trusted source of information regarding the many different types of difficult questions we have faced on the job over the years servicing very intricate industrial pumps and fluid handling systems. You’ll also read about industry events and news to help keep you updated on the latest greatest in fluid handling technology.

You may see topics such as:

    • Benefits of Routine Industrial Pump Maintenance
    • Troubleshooting Strategies
    • The Importance of Specific Industrial Pumps
    • How to Improve Industrial Pump Efficiency
    • News related to Industrial Pumps
    • Upcoming Pump Engineering Co. events

Have Questions? Give Us a Call.

If you ever have a question regarding industrial pumps that you are looking for more information on, never hesitate to call one of our trained experts @ 800.560.7867.

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