UK specialist pump manufacturer Flotronic Pumps Limited was founded by Lew Norris in 1981. The engineering design consultancy ‘Norris Brothers’ had been involved in the design of specialist pumps since 1952. Lew Norris’ new company pioneered the air-operated, double-diaphragm ‘One-Nut’ pump. Flotronic’s ‘One-Nut’ design allows quick pump disassembly for inspection, cleaning and maintenance – delivering a massive benefit for pump users in terms of reduced down-time, particularly as the pump can be inspected or maintained in line without disconnection of pipework. Flotronic remains the only British-owned specialist manufacturer of air-operated, double-diaphragm pumps in the UK.
The KSB SuPremE motor made by the Frankenthal pump manufacturer KSB has been IE5 classified since January 2017. The motor meets the requirements of IE5 (IEC/TS 60034-30-2), the highest of energy efficiency classes for variable speed electric motors; compared with IE4, motor losses are reduced by a further 20 percent.
Unlike conventional synchronous motors this drive is made without any magnetic materials such as rare earths that are categorised as critical raw materials since their extraction causes severe environmental impacts in their countries of origin.
The new GNX and GNXH Series Sliding Vane Pumps are designed to handle a wide range of non-corrosive, non-abrasive industrial liquids and petroleum products. Manufactured with a large operating range, these pumps offer high flows and high pressure. They are currently available in 2- and 2.5-inch flanged port sizes. Larger 3- and 4-inch flanged port sizes will be released later this year. Combined, these sizes provide flow capacities ranging from 20 to 500 gpm (76 to 1,893 l/min) at working pressures up to 175 psi (12.1 bar).
The net turnover reached 24.7bn DKK whereas earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) hit 2.2bn DKK. A strong second half of the year led to full-year growth of 0.5% in local currencies and net of divestments. EBIT increased approx. 200m DKK over last year, and – when adjusting for non-performance related items in 2015 and 2016 – performance EBIT increased 25% compared to 2015.
“Going into 2016, one of our top priorities was to continue the financial turnaround. With 25% increase in underlying EBIT, we are satisfied with the results we have achieved”, says Group President and CEO Mads Nipper and continues: “It is estimated that the global pump market served by Grundfos stayed flat in 2016. Our modest full-year sales growth therefore means that we have bolstered our position as the globally leading pump solutions provider. After a challenging 1st half of 2016, we are particularly happy that sales regained momentum in the 2nd half of 2016.”
Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL) has partnered for food sufficiency with the Government of Senegal, a country in Western Africa. Before 2005, Senegal’s irrigation infrastructure was under-developed. Government of Senegal was not able to meet the expected food sufficiency levels of the country because of the haphazard irrigation techniques. For achieving better means of livelihood, the Government of Senegal felt the urge to resolve the issue of unemployment among the rural youth and stop their exodus to cities.
The major challenge faced by Senegal was the need for skilled labour. In North Senegal, lack of proper irrigation equipment was identified as the foremost problem. Even though there was abundant water available in the Senegal River, there was no mode to direct it to the fields in sufficient quantities required to irrigate rice. Alongside, South Senegal was grieving over existence of excessive saline surface water for irrigation purposes. The feasible alternative was to tap ground water in order to receive a supply fit for the yield.
The Bearing Isolator extends bearing life by increasing protection against contamination ingress and lubrication loss. The original Bearing Isolator, a simple two-piece design, consisted of a rotor and stator interface to keep contaminants from entering the bearing housing. Now, the next generation of Bearing Isolators has been presented.
The VB45-S Bearing Isolator utilizes a patented XX Interface coupled with an enlarged contamination chamber to achieve an IP66 rating, the standard for ingress protection against both harmful dust particulates and powerful water jets from all directions. For superior protection against lubrication loss, the VB45-S utilizes an enlarged D-Groove to capture oil and return it back to the bearing housing or a grease band to block grease from traveling down the shaft and escaping from the bearing housing.
The actual Top 10 posts on Δ p GLOBAL Online:
- KSB: New high-efficiency circulators for OEMs
- Sulzer completes acquisition of Ensival Moret
- Hermetic: 1 meter shaft = 15 meters immersion depth
- Wilden: AODD Pumps now available in Ductile Iron
- Tapflo: New distribution point in Australia
- KSB: New variable speed system for HVAC applications
- Wilo celebrates start of construction works in Dubai
- Open University Study Programme for Pump Engineers
- Flowserve: Seal Failure Analysis App
- Daurex: An evolution of progressing cavity pumps
The actual Top 10 posts on Δ p Online in German:
Wilo celebrated laying the foundation stone for its new facility, which will be located in the Jafza (Jebel Ali Free Zone) of Dubai. By investing in the Dubai economic hub, Wilo is acknowledging the region’s growing prominence and responding to the growing requirements of the market. “The role of the city as a platform and logistic hub for trade in the Middle East, Dubai’s efficient infrastructure by land, sea and air and the long-term economic stability offered by this country were the crucial factors tipping the balance in favour of investing here. The construction is scheduled for completion in early 2018”, Carsten Krumm (on the right), COO of Wilo SE explains.
Tapflo Group introduced Green Process, Vic, Australia, as the new distribution point. Green Process is Oceania’s leading provider of mechanical equipment and engineering solutions for municipal and industrial water and wastewater applications.
The KSB Group is mourning the death of Dr Wolfgang Kühborth. Having served for many years as the head of the Frankenthal-based pumps and valves Group, Dr Kühborth died last Tuesday (31 January) at the age of 92 following a brief but serious illness. As a descendant of KSB’s founding family (Klein), he shaped the course of the company’s history, in particular in his capacity as Member and Chairman of the Board of Management of KSB Aktiengesellschaft and in later years as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. “Dr Wolfgang Kühborth was a charismatic entrepreneur,” said the Members of the Board of Management Dr Peter Buthmann and Werner Stegmüller in respectful remembrance of the deceased. “Over a career spanning some 50 years, he greatly influenced the development of the company during the post-war period and steered the KSB Group into a global role.”