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IPEG’s Innovative Solution Keeps Marshmallow Flowing

Wright Flow lobe pumps
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.

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

Grundfos pumps
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!

 

Featured Vendor: Sundyne Centrifugal Pumps

Sundyne centrifugal pumps

Are you looking for highly reliable centrifugal pumps for your industrial application? For global companies in the oil, chemical and water process industries struggling with high energy and maintenance costs, Sundyne centrifugal pumps and sealless, magnetic-drive pumps represent a superior performance alternative and can help you reduce costs and simplify your supply chain.

Centrifugal Pumps for Unique Industrial Needs

Sundyne engineers and manufactures sealless and centrifugal pumps to accommodate the unique needs of several markets, including hydrocarbon processing, oil and gas production, chemical processing, general industry, power generation and engineered water.

Sundyne’s pumps come in many different configurations and are designed to meet certification standards of:

  • American Petroleum Institute (API)
  • International Organization for Standards (ISO)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and more.

Quality Centrifugal Pumps by Design

Sundyne pumps are designed and manufactured with thick casing, robust seal designs, bearings, shafts and gears designed to run for more than five years without overhaul or repair. During the manufacturing process, Sundyne adheres tightly to industry standards to ensure that all centrifugal pumps meet demanding customer requirements in tough environments. Sundyne centrifugal pumps are built to handle hydrocarbons at extremely high pressures and temperatures.

Repair Services to Keep Your Equipment Running

At IPEG, we take care of our customers beyond the sale. Our service technicians and field sales engineers are trained to diagnose industrial equipment problems and help resolve issues on the job site. Whether you need seal cartridges, repair kits or full service pump repair, we’re here to help.

Contact an IPEG expert today to learn more about Sundyne pumps and the wide variety of quality products we supply from the most respected industrial vendors.

 

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.

Featured Vendor: Flowserve

Flowserve is a leading manufacturer of flow control products and services for most critical applications. It supplies pumps, seals and valves for power, oil, gas, chemical and other industrial applications. With more than two centuries of history, Flowserve is the go-to resource for solving the toughest challenges of fluid motion control.

Special Purpose Pumps and Systems

Flowserve provides its customers with unequaled expertise in the successful application of pre-engineered, engineered, and special-purpose pumps and systems. Flowserve pumps also play a leading role in clean energy, greenhouse gas reduction and potable water supply efforts, along with the application of advanced production and process technologies.

Custom-Engineered Valves

Flowserve valves are engineered to meet vital performance and safety standards, and can be custom engineered to perform specific functions for unique flow control environments. Extended service life, safe operation and environmental protection are at the core of every valve that Flowserve manufactures.

For more information on Flowserve products and how they can help you exceed your operational goals, contact and IPEG expert today.

 

Featured Vendor: Wilden® Pump & Engineering Company, LLC

Wilden® Pump & Engineering Company, LLC is a market leader in Air-Operated Double-Diaphragm (AODD) pumps and offers a wide range of solutions for various chemical, utility, food, beverage, dairy, personal care and biopharmaceutical applications.

With more than 60 years in the industry, Wilden has the unique ability to solve tough pumping applications and increase efficiency with the most cost-effective, energy-efficient AODD pumps possible.

State-of-the-art Air Distribution Systems

The innovative, yet simple, Pro-Flo® SHIFT Air Distribution System (ADS) features an “air control spool” that automatically optimizes air consumption and eliminates overcharging of the air chamber with no reduction in flow rate. The Pro-Flo® SHIFT’s evolutionary ADS design meters the air flow, allowing for just enough air to keep the pumping process operational.

Sanitary and Hygienic SanifloTM AODD Pumps

The Saniflo™ pump line is specifically designed to meet the strict guidelines established for sanitary and hygienic process applications. Wilden Saniflo solutions incorporate a full suite of products, like cast stainless steel pumps made of FDA-grade materials and finished with a high polish.

Comprehensive Equipment Repair Services

At IPEG, we’ll take care of your Wilden equipment far beyond the sale. Known for our extensive and comprehensive industrial repair services, our factory-trained service technicians provide industrial equipment and industrial pump repair service. In addition to equipment repair, we also perform contractual maintenance, pump inspection, laser alignment and installation of equipment.

For more information on Wilden or their products, 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.