Having worked in a digital world for 15-plus years, one of the things I take for granted is just how much information is readily available to me with just a few rat-a-tat-tats on the ‘ole keyboard. At the same time, I often find myself bombarded with so much information via email and social media and what the search engines spit out, that it’s easy to get led astray. With this sentiment in mind, below is a digest that aims to streamline the search for helpful online tools for engineers, operators, and mechanics involved with industrial pumping systems.

If you have suggestions for fluid handling-related online tools that you think are worthy of highlighting on the FlowStream blog, send them to me at Matt@GrandViewMedia.com. I will be writing more digest blogs of this sort going forward, and your tips and insights are always welcome.

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1. PUMP-FLO.com


PUMP-FLO.com is a service designed to help pump buyers, sellers, and educators to size, select and configure centrifugal pumps from leading manufacturers’ catalogs. PUMP-FLO.com features select pumps from 103 different pump manufacturers. The program, which has 300,000 registered users, also has the ability to calculate the Total Head and NPSHa for pump selection based on the piping system the pump is installed into. With the system information, the program can perform an annual cost calculation for both fixed and variable-speed pump operation.

The PUMP-FLO.com site is free to all registered users, and registration is free as well.

A paid subscription program, called PUMP-FLO Premium, provides more system calculation tools that allow for selection from multiple pump manufacturer catalogs.

>> Check out this Online Tool for Pumping Systems here.

2. Engineering Toolbox: Pumps

Engineering Toolbox - Pumps
If you don’t know about the Engineering Toolbox, then you should; and if you do, then you know how helpful this online resource can be. The Engineering Toolbox focuses on a broad range of engineering-related topics and provides a bevy of helpful tools, including common equations, unit conversions, calculators, and sizing and selection programs. The “Pumps” section of the Engineering Toolbox includes a primer on centrifugal pump characteristics, standard design and dimension standards, viscosity considerations, best practices for condensate pumping, tools for converting pump head and pressure, and much more.

>> Check out this Online Tool for Pumping Systems here.

3. Pump System Improvement Modeling Tool™ (PSIM)

Pump System Improvement Modeling Tool
The Pump System Improvement Modeling Tool™ (PSIM)is a free tool courtesy of the folks at the Hydraulic Institute and their Pump Systems Matter program. The tool is designed to help users understand the hydraulic behavior of pumping systems. With the challenges of today’s marketplace, HI says fluid handling systems must be both cost effective and energy efficient, and the PSIM tool helps users understand and evaluate the role of “the total pump system” in their design.

PSIM includes:

  • System hydraulic calculations
  • Centrifugal- & positive-displacement pumps
  • Pump efficiency and BEP evaluation
  • Variable-speed pumps
  • Flow & pressure control values
  • Impeller trimming
  • Automatic pump curve viscosity corrections
  • NPSH calculations

>> Check out this Online Tool for Pumping Systems here.

4. ADEPT Pump Selection Tool for HVAC Systems

Armstrong Fluid Technologies recently launched a new online platform, called ADEPT, for selecting pumps for HVAC systems. The free tool is based on Armstrong’s Design Envelope concept, which aims to present a pre-set arrangement of the most efficient pump selections for a given capacity range. The Design Envelope approach to system selection is designed to reduce design risk and avoid costs stemming from equipment change orders by calculating preliminary performance requirements, then selecting a Design Envelope that offers sufficient comfort zone around the design-day operating point. Most importantly, according to Armstrong, the Design Envelope approach uses the users operating profile to align the range of best operating efficiency with the most frequently occurring operating speeds. For more information, watch the video below.

>> Check out this Online Tool for Pumping Systems here.

5. Grundfos Pump Selection Tools

Grundfos Pump Selection Tools
If you already know your project’s exact requirements, Grundfos’s Quick Pump Selection Tool can help you find the ideal pump for the task quickly and easily. The tool follows a step-by-step process:

Step 1: Select your application

Step 2:Select pump design

Step 3: Choose between available products

Step 4:Enter your head and flow

The online tool also includes an interactive guide with case studies, e-learning, an encyclopedia, a product guide, a unit converter, etc.

>> Check out this Online Tool for Pumping Systems here.

6. “Pump Guy Insights” Video Series

Finally, I would be remiss if I failed to mention Flow Control’s “Pump Guy Insights” video series as a useful tool that can provide you some quick-hitting best practices on pumping systems design, operation and maintenance. The “Pump Guy Insights” video series highlights 7 key lessons learned from the Pump Guy Seminar training program, presented by Larry Bachus (a.k.a. “The Pump Guy”), a regular contributor to Flow Control magazine and FlowControlNetwork.com. Topics covered in the “Pump Guy Insights” video series, include:

  • How to Read a Pump Curve
  • The Role of Head & Flow In Pumping Systems
  • Understanding the Pump Reliability Chain
  • Why Are Some Pumps Reliable and Others Prone to Failure
  • How to Operate Your Pump at Best Efficiency
  • Your Pumps Are Constantly Moving On Their Curves
  • NPSHr vs. NPSHa: Why All Pumps Need Gauges

Each video is less than four minutes, so you can watch the entire series in about 20 minutes. See below.

Matt Migliore is the director of content for Flow Control magazine and FlowControlNetwork.com. He can be reached at Matt@GrandViewMedia.com.

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