The Hydraulic Institute (HI, recently completed its 2008 Spring Technical Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. Key highlights of the meeting included:
• A presentation on Pressure Control Using Variable Frequency Drives, detailing the process controls and design considerations needed for increasing the energy efficiency of pumping systems.
• A presentation on a new standard, Rotodynamic (Centrifugal) Pumps for Design and Applications, which outlines the classifications, performance, and selection criteria for rotodynamic pumps.
• David McKinstry, vice president of IMO Pump – Colfax Corporation and HI’s VP of Technical Affairs, presented a Standards Development Training Session to HI chairs and vice-chairs on the role and responsibilities of committee officers and members in developing HI standards and technical documents. During this session, Mr. McKinstry discussed policies and processes for technical document creation and management from the committee’s perspective and described the three-step voting procedure used to achieve consensus.
• During the course of the event, the Pump Systems Matter™ (PSM) sponsors also met to discuss and develop the organization’s latest array of educational programs, including a planned three to five day classroom-based Pump System Engineering Foundations Course. Other topics covered in the PSM meeting included a presentation on “New York Energy Smart” by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a new PSM sponsor.

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