ArcelorMittal Achieves Energy Savings Through Pump Life Cycle Improvements

Descaling is a critical service in a steel mill; the pressures are high and the rapid changes in flows and pressures can severely impact the pumps’ energy usage. Northwest Indiana Times published an article in April 2011 about the substantial energy savings ArcelorMittal was able to a achieve by implementing upgrades to their descaling pumps (read full article).

Hydro was instrumental in helping ArcelorMittal achieve these energy savings by implementing upgrades to improve the pump’s performance. To learn more about improvements which can be made to descaling pumps, read Hydro’s article on Cost Reductions Through Life Cycle Improvements.

Vibration Training with Mechanical Solutions

In June 2011, Mechanical Solutions worked with Hydro to provide pump users with a free course on Pump Vibration Training. Hosted at the HydroAire 40th St. service center, material was co-presented by Bill Marscher and Eric Olson from Mechanical Solutions Inc. (MSI). The first training seminar was so successful that another one was scheduled and well attended in November 2011.

This vibration training seminar focuses on pump troubleshooting using vibration and other specialized testing and analysis techniques. The course, which is a condensed version of the class previously presented at the 2011 Pump Symposium, covers vibration analysis, testing and evaluation, and provides an overview of when and how to apply them. Hydro plans to host another MSI Vibration Training seminar on October 16 & 17th, 2012. To reserve your seat for this training course, contact the seminar coordinator, Christine Barger, by calling 630-947-4039 or visithttp://www.hydroinc.com/pump-training-seminars for information on upcoming pump training events.

Hydro Scotford Builds New Pump Service Center

Hydro’s worldwide pump aftermarket service organization has exhibited significant growth during a time of sharp decline in many industries. In 2010, Hydro built a 5000HP Test Labdedicated to the pump aftermarket. In Fall of 2011, Hydro’s service capabilities expanded at their Edmonton operation outside of Vancouver.

To better serve pump users in the power generation, oil and gas, industrial, and municipal markets, Hydro Scotford (a subsidiary of Hydro Inc., a Chicago-based corporation), announced its move to a newly constructed facility in the Canadian province of Alberta. This modern 40,000 sq. ft. facility houses state-of-the-art equipment which Hydro Scotford uses for pump design, engineering, and manufacturing – providing pump users with customized and innovative solutions to their pump problems. Continue reading

Hydraulic Institute: Pumping System Optimization Training

Hosted at HydroAire’s 40th St. service center on March 15th and September 6th, 2012, the Pumping System Optimization Training presented by the Hydraulic Institute was a one-day course where attendees earned 7 PDH (professional development hours) and gained valuable new skills; such as how to identify and reduce hidden operating and energy costs and how to develop an action plan to help improve system efficiency. The learning objectives for this curriculum are designed for participants to better understand:

• The benefits of improving the performance of pumping systems;

• System optimization and basic pump system interaction;

• How to screen pumping systems for good system improvement candidates;

• How to identify and implement basic performance improvement opportunities;

• Basic life cycle cost analysis; and How to plan and propose an Action Plan to management.

Visit http://www.hydroinc.com/pump-training-seminars for information on upcoming pump training events

Vibration Institute Meeting Hosted by HydroAire’s 40th Street Pump Service Center

The Vibration Institute held their local meeting at HydroAire’s 40th Street Pump Service Center in Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012. Bob Jennings, Hydro’s HI-certified training instructor, and Jeff Johnson, Vice President of Hydro’s Pipeline Division, shared their knowledge and expertise during the meeting, which included presentations on the impact of pumps operating at off-peak conditions and the cause and effect of torsional vibration. The meeting also included a tour of the service center and Hydro’s 5000HP Pump Performance Test Lab. For information about the Vibration Institute or to schedule a tour of the Test Lab, please contact Ken Babusiak at 312-738-3000 or visithttp://www.vi-institute.org/.