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SIHI ZTN Pump from Flowserve a “No Brainer” for Cost-Effectiveness and Reliability

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A Missouri-based manufacturing plant was searching for a more cost-effective method of pumping therminol oil — which often reaches temperatures of 450 degrees Fahrenheit — without having to purchase a costly mechanical seal or labor intensive maintenance.

Since repairing the mechanical seal would cost the same as purchasing a new pump, IPEG, which offers a wide selection of pumps from industry leading manufacturers, recommended that the manufacturer switch to a SIHI ZTN industrial process pump from Flowserve. Designed with operational safety, environmental concern and long-term reliability in mind, Flowserve’s SIHI ZTN pump is ideal for applications that require high temperature thermal oil. While running the pump, the customer also enjoys:

  • Guaranteed efficiency with closed impellers
  • High efficiency and low power with advanced fluid dynamic design
  • Low NPSH due to high-quality impeller and suction profile
  • Enhanced seal life with heat dissipation

By purchasing a new industrial process pump — rather than replacing the mechanical seal on the old pump — the manufacturer avoided having to pay out-of-pocket for costly mechanical seal repair and maintenance. These savings enabled them to purchase a spare pump to reduce downtime during plant maintenance.

“It was a no-brainer when the cost of the SIHI was about the same price as a new double mechanical seal,” said a representative of the manufacturing plant. Since installation, the customer’s new and improved industrial process pump has helped the manufacturer improve efficiency and reduce downtime.

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IPEG, a Premier Viking Pump Distributor, Offers Pump Solutions to Your Unique Pumping Needs

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When searching for a solution to your unique industrial pumping needs, not just any product will do. Instead, turn to IPEG, a leading Viking Pump distributor, for dependable, fully customizable industrial pumping technology that meets even the most advanced and challenging demands.

IPEG delivers only world-class products, service and support from top manufacturers, such as Viking Pumps, a leader in positive displacement pumping, with products that are uniquely designed for the task at hand.

Internal Gear Pumps

IPEG stocks a wide range of reliable and easily maintainable Viking internal gear pumps, including universal and motor speed pumps, in a variety of materials, designs and displacements that offer adjustable end clearance to enable handling viscosities from anywhere between 28 and two million SSU. Viking internal gear pumps are also available in several shaft seal and porting options and offer minimal pulsation for accurate flow measurement. As the inventor of the internal gear pumping principle, Viking offers superior positive displacement pump solutions for countless manufacturing processes within a broad spectrum of industries, including military, food and beverage, chemical, fuels and plastics.

External Gear Pumps

For high-pressure pumping, IPEG also proudly offers a comprehensive selection of Viking external gear pumps, including spur gear and liquid specific pumps. Manufactured with dependability in mind, external gear pumps from Viking are available in a wide range of models, sizes and compositions for a fully customizable solution to your unique pumping needs. The motor speed operation eliminates the cost of a speed reducer, as well as lubrication, since no external axial or radial bearing is required. Viking external gear pumps from IPEG offer higher pressure capabilities, multi-section pumps and  several shaft seal options. Viking external gear pumps are the ultimate solution, providing shaft support on both sides of the gears and minimal pulsation.

Rotary Vane Pumps

As a top Viking distributor, IPEG offers rotary vane pumps that use compact and powerful pumping technology. Viking rotary vane pumps are designed to deliver innovative pumping solutions. Compared to other products on the market today, Viking rotary vane pumps provide higher pressure on thin liquids, superior suction, faster vane replacement and minimal pulsation.

Accessories

IPEG also offers its customers Viking pump accessories that help to simplify installation, extend product life cycle and increase reliability. As a premier Viking distributor, IPEG provides installation of all Viking parts kits, motors, reducers and strainers, which are specifically designed to meet Viking product performance expectations and tested to ensure optimum reliability.

Viking Pump Repair

As part of our commitment to superior customer service far beyond the sale, IPEG provides repair services for all Viking pumping solutions, including repair parts and repair kits, as well as full-service pump repair. IPEG service technicians and field sales engineers are fully trained to diagnose industrial equipment solutions and resolve issues on-site to minimize plant downtime and to allow you to focus on what’s important — your business.

At IPEG, we are committed to delivering leading pump solutions from top manufacturers, including Viking, for a comprehensive list of industries and applications. Contact the experts at IPEG today for all of your pumping technology needs.

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Moving Water with Grundfos Pumps and IPEG

 Grundfos Pumps
IPEG continues its long-standing tradition of providing an excellent range of quality industrial products with Grundfos Pumps. Customers can expect innovation, reliability and outstanding design with the equipment that IPEG offers because we partner only with superior manufacturers — manufacturers that are researched, tested and vetted by our knowledgeable technical experts.

Grundfos Pumps is a developer of world water solutions, setting the industry standards for efficiency, reliability and sustainability. They have helped millions of customers move water where it needs to go. From delivering high-quality water for industrial processes or moving H2O up and down the tallest skyscrapers to treating and removing wastewater and bringing heating and cooling comfort to the masses, Grundfos Pumps are used in a variety of broad real-world applications due to the manufacturer’s dedication to design and customer service.

Grundfos features many pump designs:

  • Booster Pumps
  • Circulator Pumps
  • Dosing Pumps
  • End Suction Pumps
  • Immersible Pumps
  • In-Line Pumps
  • Sewage Pump Systems
  • Split Case Pumps
  • Submersible Well Pumps
  • Vertical Turbine Pumps
  • Pump Controls & Monitoring
  • Pumping Systems
  • Engineered Pump Systems
  • Pump Accessories

Adding Value Through Application Excellence

Improving water and energy efficiency for the greater good is at the heart of the products that Grundfos Pumps offers. Grundfos makes pumps that are perfect for a variety of applications, such as heating and cooling, pressure boosting groundwater and domestic water supply, wastewater, dosing and disinfection, fire protection, solar water solutions, and drinking water distribution. Other notable applications include:

  • Industrial Pump and Pump System Solutions

Grundfos Pumps can provide a comprehensive range of optimized industrial pumps through its legacy brands. Grundfos is an industry leader due to its ability to offer one of the broadest pump lines for process and industrial applications, supported by factory-trained stocking distributors and worldwide inventories. Grundfos has process pumping solution applications for the chemical, automotive, mining, oil and gas, and food and beverage industries. The BoosterpaQ industrial system pump, the SP submersible well pump, and the Morris 6100 and 7100 series industrial sewage pumps are infallible examples of Grundfos pumps that work hard in an industrial capacity.

  • Pump and Pump System Solutions for Municipal and Water Utility Applications

Grundfos is at the forefront of promoting and facilitating energy efficiency and sustainable technology by supplying a full line of equipment and solutions designed specifically for municipal and water utility applications. Grundfos Pumps ensure that water supply and wastewater facilities meet all challenges and regulations.  The Grundfos Municipal Community Booster Station offers comprehensive site specific engineered-to-order solutions for Water Utility/Municipal Community Booster Systems. The CR/CRE In-line pumps, and VLC/VLSC Pumps with CUE variable frequency drive and control are excellent options for water distribution and water treatment.

  • Pump and Pump System Solutions for Commercial Buildings

A leading supplier of full-range pump commercial building solutions, Grundfos Pumps can help with numerous applications — from heating and cooling to  pressure boosting — and every application in between. Grundfos makes systems fast and efficient with customizable solutions that boost performance and reduce energy consumption. The BMS Booster pump, the ALPHA 2 Circulator and Peerless FC end suction pump are choices that can help meet and exceed goals.

Problem Solved

At IPEG, no matter what your application, we connect our clients to the highest-grade products that solve issues and improve performance and efficiency. Teaming up with pump manufacturers like Grundfos is only the beginning. Put our expert knowledge to work for you so we can customize a system to provide the right solution to meet your application needs.

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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 Creative Solution Cleans Up Chocolate Catastrophe

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A leading chocolate manufacturer was experiencing a messy problem and turned to IPEG for an innovative and creative solution.

A pump with a packed stuffing box was being used to handle chocolate, and the chocolate continuously leaked causing a daily housekeeping mess. After IPEG introduced new technology to improve the way manufacturers process chocolate, the company decided to implement IPEG’s innovative idea.

Working with vendor-partner Viking Pump, IPEG identified the difficulty as a sealing issue and developed an O-Ring seal stuffing box specifically designed for chocolate applications. IPEG and Viking Pump worked with the customer, using their plant as a test site to run the problem-solving solution — a Viking Pump Model KK124A that was modified to accept a customized O-Ring seal stuffing box bushing assembly.

After the pump had run continuously 24/7 for nine months, the manufacturer, IPEG and Viking Pump were satisfied to discover that with minimal maintenance (greasing the stuffing box once every two weeks), not a single drop of chocolate came in contact with the floor. The creative, innovative O-Ring seal stuffing box has made the chocolate company mess free.

How can IPEG customize a solution for you? Request a quote and let us fabricate an innovative application for solving your problem today.

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Picking the Best Industrial Pump

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Heavy-duty jobs require heavy-duty equipment. When a company or job site demands that water, chemicals, petroleum, sludge, wastewater, groundwater, sanitation or whatever fluid-based material needs to be moved from here to there in a hurry, IPEG offers a wide variety of quality industrial pumps that fit and exceed a multitude of pumping needs.

Determining Which Pump is Right

Several details can help determine which pump is right for a particular need, including:

  • What kind of liquid is going to be moved and what are its properties? What is its viscosity? Are solids present? How abrasive is the material?
  • Are there any incompatibilities between the liquid and the material from which the pump is constructed? If chemicals are being pumped, it’s critical to select a pump that is durable enough to push that material through.
  • What environmental conditions will the pump be exposed to? Does it need to withstand extreme, freezing temperatures or operate in conditions where hazardous materials are present?
  • What volume of fluid will be going through the pump and how fast does it need to move?

With the answers to those types of questions, IPEG’s experts can help customers select the right pump for the purpose.

Flowserve Pump Options

IPEG’s extensive inventory comes from such top vendors as Flowserve, a leading manufacturer of flow control products and services for the most critical applications. Flowserve supplies pumps, valves and seals for power, oil, gas, chemical and other industrial applications. With more than 200 years of history behind it, Flowserve has become a go-to source for solving the toughest challenges in fluid motion control.

  • Special Purpose Pumps and Systems
    Flowserve provides pre-engineered, engineered, and special-purpose pumps and systems. Flowserve’s resources manage even the most complex project and play a key role in clean energy, greenhouse gas reduction and potable water supply efforts.
  • Mechanical Seals
    Flowserve has been manufacturing and distributing seals for more than 80 years. Its seals are used with a variety of rotating equipment, from pumps and compressors to mixers, steam turbines and other specialty equipment. The extensive range of mechanical seals include standard cartridge, pusher, metal bellow, mixer, compressor, slurry, gas barrier and containment, OEM and special duty seals and systems applicable to many industries, including oil and gas, pharmaceutical, chemical processing, and mineral and ore processing.

Contact IPEG for your Pumping Needs

IPEG and Flowserve pumps and seals offer a comprehensive variety of quality products to fit all of your pumping needs. The expert staff at IPEG can help you select the best pumps for your specific needs, and they will help keep your equipment running efficiently throughout its lifetime.

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IPEG’s Innovative Solution Keeps Marshmallow Flowing

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A private label food manufacturer in Chester, Ill., was experiencing a repetitive, expensive problem with a key component of their operation and turned to IPEG for a cost-saving solution.

The Gilster-Mary Lee Corp.’s shredded wheat and marshmallow plant uses a TRA10-0600 Wright Flow lobe pump for transferring liquid marshmallow to an extruder. The pump performed satisfactorily during normal operation. However, restarts were very problematic after being offline. The mechanical seal faces would stick together, causing them to fracture and fail. The seal failure would result in a marshmallow mess on the floor, down time and other maintenance issues. Because the failure had occurred 10 times in the past three years and cost $3,500 each time in pump rebuild costs alone, the company decided it was time for a new solution.

IPEG, which offers a wide selection of pumps from leading manufacturers, converted the customer’s single mechanical sealed pump into a double mechanical sealed design. IPEG’s team retooled the pump casing and created a flow path for a secondary seal barrier fluid. The customer now has the option of running hot water or low-pressure steam as a liquid or gas barrier between the outboard and inboard seals prior to start-up. In addition, increasing the temperature in the seal area prevents the failure by liquifying the marshmallow between the seal faces enough to keep the seal faces from sticking. Since the upgrade, this Gilster-Mary Lee plant has been operating for six months without the issue occurring again.

Browse our selection of products and services to satisfy your industrial needs. Can’t find what you’re looking for? IPEG also offers custom fabrication services to meet your exact specifications.

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IPEG Pump Solution: Stronger, Quieter, Higher Output with Lower Utility Costs

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A St. Louis ethanol plant, still using the original boiler feed pumps installed in 2002, found itself in need of a more cost-effective solution. Both pumps were running non-stop around the clock, each requiring its own 40-horsepower motor. Output had dropped, sometimes running at only 225 gallons per minute (gpm) instead of the desired 250. Discharge pressure had also dropped, from 150 pounds per square inch (psi) to 125. Because it had already rebuilt both pumps twice, the company decided against more rebuild costs and opted to engage IPEG for a new solution.

IPEG, which offers a wide selection of pumps from leading manufacturers, installed a Grundfos CR45-7 with a low NPSHA first-stage impeller for this customer. Currently running one pump instead of two, the customer is enjoying:

  • Output back to 250 gpm, with added flexibility to increase to 275 gpm, if needed
  • Discharge pressure back to 150 psi
  • Elimination of costs to run a 40-horsepower motor 24/7
  • Near silent operation

When asked how the customer felt about the new installation, their response was merely “Why did we wait so long to do this?”

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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!

 

Weir Minerals: Your Slurry Equipment Solution

Weir Minerals industrial pumps are designed to operate efficiently and provide heavy-duty performance in even the most difficult conditions. When it comes to slurry equipment solutions, you want to look for superiority of hydraulic design and corrosion-resistant materials. That’s why IPEG trusts the products from Weir Minerals. From hard metal and rubber-lined pumps to valves, Weir Minerals products are ideal for global mining, mineral processing, power sector and general industry applications.

Superior Pumps

Weir Minerals industrial pumps are designed to operate efficiently and provide heavy-duty performance in even the most difficult conditions. Their wide range of pumps include a solution for every application:

  • Centrifugal Slurry Pumps
  • Positive Displacement Slurry Pumps
  • Specialty Slurry Pumps
  • Vertical Chemical Pumps
  • Slurry Pumps
  • Extra Heavy-Duty Vortex Pumps

Reliable Valves

Reduce your risk of downtime and disruption with Weir Minerals valves. Their slurry and industrial valves are suited to almost every application where the flow of slurry, gas or liquid needs to be regulated. Designed for ease of maintenance and maximum reliability, these valves are guaranteed to operate under extreme conditions.

  • Slurry Valves
  • Industrial Valves

Comprehensive Equipment Repair Services

As a factory-authorized warranty and service center, IPEG can provide you with repair estimates, field repairs and on-site maintenance work. We promise to work with you beyond the sale, and our factory-trained service technicians provide industrial-equipment and industrial-pump repair service. In addition to equipment repair, we offer contractual maintenance, pump inspection, laser alignment and installation of equipment.

Are you looking for the right slurry equipment solution? For more information, contact an IPEG expert today!