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Innovation Comes Calling with Wilden Pumps and IPEG

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IPEG prides itself on offering a broad range of quality industrial products to its customers. Wilden Pumps is a perfect example of an IPEG vendor that produces a hard-working and well-designed pump.

Once Wilden Pump & Engineering Company opened its doors in 1955, they introduced the world to innovative pump technology. Wilden Pumps invented the Air-Operated Double-Diaphragm (AODD) pump, an alternative to centrifugal pumps. AODD pumps are seal-less and allow for the positive displacement of fluids.

As a pioneer of new technology, Wilden has an advantage over all other AODD pump providers — a 63-year history of knowledge, design and the groundwork in place to solve the toughest of pumping application issues. This pump manufacturer has found ways to increase efficiency, cut energy costs, move highly abrasive product and deliver unparalleled reliability.

Application Solutions

Wilden Pumps’ unique design of AODD pumps features an air-operated double diaphragm that can transfer thick fluids without issue. Sludges or slurries with a large amount of grit and solid content are no match for the AODD pump’s suction-lift characteristics. Wilden’s pumps fit the needs of chemical, paint and coating, mining, oil and gas, water and wastewater, liquid terminals, process, semiconductor, food and beverage and pharmaceutical applications. The inventive construction makes these pumps an industry top choice for the transfer of highly viscous liquids.

The Wilden V2550 Velocity Series, for example, is a plastic pump with a unique design featuring a detachable mounting foot. The pump can be reoriented from a vertical to horizontal position because it has multiple inlet and discharge port options. With this feature, it can fit perfectly into constrained spaces, and — with only two moving parts — it’s guaranteed for long-term reliability.

The latest of Wilden’s pump advancements is the Wilden® Pro-Flo® SHIFT (PS) premium air distribution system (ADS). The Pro-Flo SHIFT simple design has won multiple awards for energy savings, performance and efficiency. An air-control spool automatically optimizes air consumption and eliminates overcharging of the air chamber with no reduction in flow rate. Early adapters have found that Pro-Flow SHIFT delivers:

  • A 60% savings in air consumption
  • More yield per SCFM versus competitive AODD pumps
  • 50% lower costs than electronically actuated ADS
  • Less downtime, simplified maintenance and fewer operating parts
  • Single-point exhaust options
  • Plug-and-play operation
  • No electronic or submersible parts

Wilden’s quality products are geared toward specific applications:

  • Sanitary and Hygienic
    Wilden’s hygienic, sanitary and biopharmaceutical AODD pumps have safety standards in mind and can efficiently pump a wide range of viscosities, solids and shear-sensitive products.
  • Electronic Control 
    The Accu-Flo™ Air Distribution System (ADS), for use on AODD pumps, is perfect for exacting applications like batching.
  • Utility
    The durable Wilden® Turbo-Flo™ Air Distribution System (ADS) is known for longevity and stress-free serviceability.
  • High Pressure
    When transferring viscous, solid-laden slurries at high discharge pressures, the Wilden High Pressure Series of AODD pumps are a dependable option.
  • Mining
    Rugged mining applications are no match for the Wilden Stallion® model of clamped AODD pumps. They are ideally suited to handle solid-laden mining slurries with simplicity.
  • Large Solids Passage
    Large solids can cause clogging with ordinary pumps, but not with the Wilden and Brahma™ AODD Pump. Their large internal clearance and flow-through design result in the capacity needed to prevent obstructions.
  • Natural Gas Operated
    Wilden offers CSA-certified GPS and GPX Natural Gas-Operated Double-Diaphragm Pumps in 13 mm (1/2”) to 76 mm (3”) sizes in aluminum and stainless steel.
  • Oil and Gas
    Meeting the strict requirements for fuel transfer applications, Wilden UL pumps are certified to UL 79 standards and can be used when dispensing gas products, fuels, petroleum or any other lubricating applications.

Operate at Full Potential

At IPEG, we connect our customers with the word-class products and pride ourselves on bringing high-quality solutions to the industrial, commercial, sanitary and municipal manufacturing sectors. Let our expert knowledge help you make the right decisions and exceed performance necessities.

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IPEG’s pump solution eliminates costly repairs for customer

Seepex Cavity Pump
A global chemical and consumers goods company with a manufacturing facility in St. Louis, Mo., sought a solution to reduce the repairs on gear pumps in its plant. Abrasive solutions — water and sodium bicarbonate — were wearing down the gear pumps used in the company’s manufacturing process. The cost of the repairs required as a result of the damage prompted the manufacturer to find a better option for its industrial needs.

The company sought help from IPEG, which offers a wide selection of pumps from leading manufacturers. IPEG suggested a SEEPEX progressive cavity pump as a solution. IPEG recognized that this pump’s ability to stand up to highly viscous materials, as well as solids and corrosive liquids, made the pump a perfect fit for the client.

“This change in technology is expected to save us in downtime, labor costs, and parts costs for our buffer system. It is a better option for handling our abrasive product solution,” said the client’s spokesperson.

The client’s new pump has remained operational with no issues for nearly two months. Because the new pump is better suited to endure harsh elements, the customer expects to save more than $15,000 a year in repair costs.

Check out IPEGstl.com to browse our selection of products and services to satisfy your industrial requirements. Can’t find what you’re looking for? IPEG also offers custom fabrication services to meet your exact specifications.

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Save Time and Money with IPEG Repair Services

IPEG repair servicesDon’t spend another second worrying about equipment failures — get total peace of mind with IPEG repair services. IPEG has a staff of factory-trained technicians available 24/7 to maximize the performance of your pumps, valves, blowers, seals and other process equipment, ultimately saving you both time and money. IPEG’s experienced technicians have helped customers increase uptime, reduce production interruptions, maintenance cost and lead times, and gain total process control with maximum equipment performance.

Conveniently Located Full-Service Repair Centers

Our three factory-authorized service centers located in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky provide customers with several convenient options whether fabrication, rebalancing, laser alignment or simple annual maintenance work is needed.

Our experienced technicians carefully inspect each phase of the repair process to maximize control. We repair equipment back to factory specifications. At IPEG, we have the in-house capabilities to provide the machining, assembly, balancing, painting and testing phases on large and small projects. Before any piece of equipment leaves our shop, it undergoes thorough testing to meet our customers’ needs.

Expert Field Service Support

IPEG’s maintenance teams also provide field service support for all equipment supplied for repair, including testing, calibration and system analysis. Our technicians are prepared with the latest equipment and training to correctly specify, install, troubleshoot and maintain liquid or air process systems.

Quality Parts

IPEG’s warehouse is fully stocked with a wide selection of parts and equipment available to satisfy temperature, chemical compatibility, abrasion and longevity concerns. Because we use genuine spare parts, our customers’ products continue to work at optimum efficiency, maintain performance, have a longer life and avoid expensive unplanned downtime.

At IPEG, we pride ourselves on our long-lasting relationships with our customers. Let us provide you with ongoing technical expertise, product support, custom fabrication and repair services. Contact us today and let us know how we can serve you!

 

Increase Performance and Sustainability with a Grundfos Pump

When it comes to your company’s operations, performance and sustainability should always be top-of-mind. That’s where Grundfos Pump can help. Grundfos Pump is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-efficiency centrifugal pump products, featuring stainless steel construction and the latest in electronics. Grundfos pumps and processing equipment are built with high-performance and sustainability in mind.

Pumps Designed with You in Mind

No matter your application, an efficient, energy-saving pump solution is required. Grundfos Pump understands that an increase in your pump efficiency can be achieved through a combination of small, innovative design refinements. That’s why you can depend on Grundfos for their high-quality, dependable products.

Reliable Pumps for all Applications

Grundfos Pump is recognized for reliability and value throughout the world — wherever water moves. Its full-range pump solutions fulfill a variety of needs, from heating and cooling to simple pressure boosting. From the largest, most complex applications to the smallest, Grundfos uses its in-depth pump knowledge and unrivaled range of intelligent pumping systems.

Check out the Grundfos MGE motors with the Variable Frequency Drive mounted directly on the motor. It’s the world’s most intelligent and energy-efficient motor!

Pump Repair and Maintenance

Need to repair your Grundfos pump? IPEG can help! When you choose IPEG as your industrial pump and equipment repair shop, you are guaranteed a quality repair — on time and on budget. Our service technicians and field sales engineers are trained to diagnose industrial equipment problems and help resolve issues at the job site.

For more information on Grundfos pumps and repairs, contact an IPEG expert today.

LEESON Electric Reduces Energy Costs

 

 

 

 

Credited with a knack for thinking outside the solutions box, LEESON Electric, one of IPEG’s featured electrical vendors, provides customers with significant energy savings by producing energy-efficient motors uniquely designed to conform to the customer’s application. LEESON stands out as one of the world’s most customer-focused motor, gear motor and drives company.

In the article, titled “Mining Motors Reduce Downtime,” LEESON Electric explains how installing high-efficiency motors can offer significant energy savings, as well as lower equipment vibration and increased reliability, making a big impact on a company’s bottom line.

LEESON’s mantra of listening to the customer’s needs and concerns, and then building for their unique application, can benefit almost every industry including but not limited to food processing, industrial, farming and commercial buildings such as hospitals and universities.

Cooling towers designed with high-efficiency motors support more effective subsystems, preventing system failures for facilities needing reliable lighting and dependable equipment function, HVAC system support, and water usage systems. To find more ways to reduce operation costs and increase energy efficiency, contact the IPEG experts.

 

SMC Pneumatics – A Myriad of Choices for Endless Applications

SMC Pneumatics, a jewel in IPEG’s crown of vendors, is the world’s largest manufacturer of pneumatic automation products, offering more than 8,900 products with more than 520,000 variations!

IPEG answers the need for cylinder, actuator, valve and vacuum solutions, with a variety of SMC products, including actuators, fittings, tubing, vacuums, valves and more!

Directional Control Valves

SMC directional control valves feature high-flow capacities, compact design, low-power consumption, high-speed response, long life and a clean, aesthetic design. The solenoid valves are used exclusively in the semi-conductor, automotive, packaging, medical, specialty machine and machine tool industries. SMC also offers a variety of valve manifold options, including:

  • One-touch fittings
  • Prewired electric connections
  • Serial interface for simple installation, maintenance and control

SMC Directional Control Valve types include:

  • Three types of solenoid valves
  • ISO valves
  • Mechanical / hand valves
  • Air operated valves

Fluid Process Valves

The standard design and dimensions of SMC’s fluid process valves make them perfect for simple replacements. The unique construction of the direct-operated, two-port solenoid valves feature improves durability and doubles their service life.

The unique solenoid and air-operated fluid process valves are suitable for a variety of applications and industries, such as:

  • General purpose air and water
  • Oil and high temperature oil
  • Steam and heated water
  • Chemical and pure water
  • Coolant
  • Dust collection

No matter the need, no matter the industry, the countless options offered with SMC’s Pneumatic valves guarantee a perfect fit. SMC Pneumatic valves can be altered to meet your specific application.

To learn more about SMC Pneumatic valves, along with other products and capabilities, contact the IPEG team today.

 

IPEG Positioned as One of John Crane’s Elite Authorized Service Centers in U.S.

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IPEG has a long history with John Crane as an authorized distributor. Now, with the closing of John Crane’s St. Louis service center site, IPEG has acquired the right as one of the few authorized service centers for mechanical seal manufacturers in the country.

As of January 2016, working with John Crane, a complete seal repair room was constructed in-house at IPEG’s St. Louis location on Hazelwood Avenue. Now, rather than collecting and transporting seals to the John Crane location for repair, the whole process is handled completely in-house at IPEG.

Our new repair center boasts specialized equipment from John Crane, along with the hiring of one of John Crane’s former seal technicians.

The new designation as an authorized repair center, as well as an authorized John Crane distributor, allows a more comprehensive service for our seal customers. IPEG’s expert repair team is prepared to handle a variety of seal repairs, including:

  • 20” component seals
  • 20” cartridge seals
  • Seal polishing
  • Face lapping
  • Seal fixture testing

As an authorized John Crane repair facility, customers in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky can now expect a quicker, more efficient turnaround of their mechanical seal repairs. Repairing seals locally provides customers the opportunity to personally come in for the inspection, more effectively identifying the issues of the initial problem or failure. Now that seals can be repaired in the pump, a more comprehensive pump repair is also possible.

Comprehensive Repair Services
Service doesn’t stop with the sale. Known for our extensive and comprehensive industrial repair services, we pride ourselves on taking care of our customers, even after the sale. As one of the top pump repair companies in the region, it is our highest priority to help customers maintain their industrial products, parts and equipment.

Our expert service technicians are trained to handle a variety of repairs, including:

  • Centrifugal pump repair
  • Positive displacement pump repair
  • Blower repairs
  • Hydraulic pump repair
  • Industrial equipment maintenance
  • And much, much more

To learn more about our new seal repair capabilities, contact a member of IPEG’s expert service team today.

 

Viking Pumps

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Viking Pumps, IPEG’s featured vendor, is the global leader in positive displacement pumping solutions. With more than 100 years in the industry, Viking Pumps are experts in industrial pump applications and products. Offering superior quality products, customer solutions and support and endless customization options, Viking Pumps are found across all seven continents and in more than 200 countries across the globe.

Each Viking pump is uniquely designed for the task at hand, from simple solutions to the most advanced and demanding needs. Vertically integrated and able to create from concept to final product. Viking Pump is the one source for pumps, accessories, parts, service and support.

Viking Pumps Specialize in:

INTERNAL GEAR PUMPS
The Workhorse of Countless Manufacturing Processes

The internal gear pumping principle was invented by Jens Nielsen, one of the founders of Viking Pump. It uses two rotating gears which un-mesh at the suction side of the pump to create a vacuum which pulls fluid into the pump. The spaces between the gear teeth transport the fluid on either side of a crescent to the discharge side, and then the gears re-mesh to discharge the fluid.

EXTERNAL GEAR PUMPS
The Ultimate Solution for High Pressure Pumping

The external gear pumping principle uses two rotating gears which unmesh at the suction side of the pump to create a vacuum which pulls fluid into the pump. The spaces between the gear teeth transport the fluid along the outer perimeter of the housing to the discharge side, and then the gears re-mesh at the center to discharge the fluid. The gears are supported by bearings on both sides, which allows high discharge pressure capabilities.

ROTARY VANE PUMPS
Compact and Powerful Pumping Technology

Vane pumps are used for liquid transfer applications from chemicals to liquefied gases. Vanes extend from slots in the rotor, sweeping liquid through a cam-shaped cavity. The vanes provide very low slip and high volumetric efficiency.

For more information on Viking Pumps or their products, contact an IPEG expert today.

 

LOW LEAD, IT’S THE LAW

By Ben Azerolo

The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, or “low lead law,” went into effect January 4, 2014. The law reduces the permissible levels of lead in the wetted surface of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures to a weighted average of not more than 0.25%. Products that meet this standard are referred to as “Lead Free.”

Exceptions

  • The new standards do not apply to pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings or fixtures that are exclusively for non-potable services, or uses where water is not anticipated to be used for human consumption.
  • The law also excludes toilets, bidets, urinals, fill valves, flushometer valves, tub fillers, shower valves, service saddles or water distribution main gate valves that are 2” or larger.

Certifications

  • If the product has a current certification of NSF/ANSI 61 Annex G or NSF 372, then it meets the requirements of the federal law.
  • NSF/ANSI 61 Annex G has provisions that overlap NSF/ANSI 372. Annex G is expected to be replaced by the provisions of NSF/ANSI 372.
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NSF/ASI 61-G & 372

Pumps and Pumping Systems
Grundfos has met or exceeded the new Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act consistently and strives to stay ahead of the curve on all federal regulations. As of January 1, 2014, all of Grundfos Commercial pumps and pumping systems meet the NSF 61/G or NSF 372 standards. Please contact your IPEG account manager to help you select the proper pump for your application.

Premature Seal Failure in Your Heating Hot Water Pump?

By Dave Ruckman

How is the heating hot water (HHW) pump working in your building? Do the seals seem to wear out far too quickly? Does it always look black when you open it, as though it is burnt on the inside? I have seen these symptoms on a number of occasions—usually in older buildings. What typically happens is that the same parts are put back into the pump, and six months later the seal is leaking again. Our objective at IPEG is to always increase the mean time between failures of your pump, particularly if we are aware there is an ongoing problem. We will look at options, materials of construction, type of pump and other possible factors.

The first thing to do is assess the problem before it is possible to find a solution. If there is premature seal failure, there are always several questions to answer:

  1. Is there excessive vibration when the pump runs?
  2. What is the temperature of the water being pumped?
  3. Is there adequate water supply to the inlet of the pump?
  4. Is the pump running on the curve?
  5. If the pump is black internally: Why is the pump black internally?

Pump Vibration

Excessive vibration in a pump will cause premature failure in the seals. You don’t have to have expensive test equipment to assess excessive vibration in the pump. If you can feel a lot of vibration when you place a hand on the running pump, it most likely has excessive vibration. It can be caused by a bad pump bearing, motor bearing, a worn coupling, an unbalanced impeller, closed inlet or discharge valve, pipe strain, poor installation or many other things. The cause of the excessive vibration must be corrected in order to increase the seal life.
Temperature of Pumped Water
If the pumped water temperature exceeds the limits of the elastomer used in the seal of the pump, this may have caused the leak in your seals. For most HHW applications, this will not be a problem as the high temperature range is normally within range of a standard Buna mechanical seal. It may be good to eliminate the elastomer temperature limit as a problem if the pumped water temperature is above 270 F.

Water Supply to the Pump Inlet

It is always a good idea to have a working pressure gauge on the suction and discharge of a pump to help evaluate problems. The suction pressure required by the pump (NPSHr) is unique to each pump model and can be determined on the performance curve of most pumps. The pump will cavitate and will perform poorly if the available pump inlet pressure (NPSHa) runs lower than the NPSHr on the performance curve. Cavitation can cause many different problems in a pump. Early seal failure is one of the results.

Running on the Curve

HHW pumps, like all pumps, are often oversized for the application. If the pump is oversized, it may be running below the minimum continuous duty point of the pump. Dead head is included in this category. Pump performance below this point can be very unstable and create vibration, cavitation, high bearing loads, high temperatures due to inadequate circulation and seal failure. This point can often be found on the performance curve, or you may have to consult the pump manufacturer.

It also creates instability in the pump if it is undersized and running on the far right side of the performance curve near runout. Artificial head pressure can be created with a valve on the discharge side of the pump to get the pump running in a more stable place on the performance curve. It would then have to be determined if there is still adequate flow for the application.

Pump is Black Internally

I have seen this many times. The problem each time was caused by a high concentration of iron in the pumped water. I was able to come to this conclusion by scraping the black off of the seal and inside of the casing, and I then held a magnet to the scrapings. If the magnet picks up the scrapings it is a pretty good indication that there are iron fines in the water being pumped.

The iron fines can be removed from the pumped water by using a filter, magnetic strainer basket or other similar means. If controlling the iron fines is not an option, it is possible to put a hardened seal in the pump. Most HHW pumps are originally specified with a standard Buna or EPDM mechanical seal with carbon graphite and ceramic seal faces. Typically the carbon graphite seal face has been completely worn down to the metal seal holder by the iron fines. With most pumps there is usually an option to get hardened seal faces. Tungsten carbide with carbon graphite faces are commonly offered, but I have not found them to be effective. The carbon face still wears down. Silicon carbide seal faces have worked very well. I have been very successful finding silicon carbide seal faces in the aftermarket. They are often at a lower cost than the standard seal from the OEM.

Another way to attack the premature seal failure due to iron fines in the water is to replace the pump with a Grundfos wet-rotor design circulating pump, which does not need a mechanical seal. The only seal required on the wet-rotor pump is a case O-ring.

If you have continuing problems with mechanical seals in your HHW, or any other pump, please contact your IPEG representative for an evaluation of your current pump or for help finding a replacement pump.