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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.

 

Wilden® Launches New and Improved Parts Kit Program

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Wilden®, a leader in air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pump technology, excitedly announced the launch of a new parts kit program designed to speed delivery, lower costs and simplify ordering of genuine Wilden® parts.

Using feedback from its channel partners, Wilden® developed the new parts kit program to provide customers with a simplified, lower cost solution for repairing Wilden® AODD pumps. The new repair kits are up to 40% less expensive and feature faster delivery times compared to previous repair kits. The new kits are also designed to eliminate part duplication, which will reduce waste and greatly simplify the repair process.

Available in either a Wet Kit or Air Kit, the new Wilden® repair kits can be applied to many different pump models. Kit variations have been reduced by 60%, which means the new kits will simplify ordering and substantially reduce the number of kits required to cover Wilden® products.

Read the full press release from Wilden® at http://empoweringpumps.com/products/wilden-launches-new-parts-kit-program/.

Learn more by contacting an IPEG sales engineer and discover how Wilden®’s new parts kit program can speed delivery, lower costs, reduce waste and simplify ordering for your Wilden® AODD pumps.

Proportional Pressure Equals Pressure Management for Municipalities

By Kelly Sulwer

Pressure control is key for an optimized water distribution system in municipalities. Another term for proportional pressure is demand driven distribution. This means, when installed correctly, proportional pressure control decreases pressure at lower flow demands and increases the pressure at higher flow demands to compensate for pipe friction loss.

Proportional pressure control is especially effective in municipal pump systems since they have long pipe runs and are often oversized for future growth. The pressure requirement is also calculated high, accounting for “fire fight” conditions and using conservative head loss calculations. The end result is an oversized pump with a high pressure set point that will rarely operate in these “worse case” conditions, causing excessive water loss through existing leaks and wasted energy.

To effectively utilize proportional pressure, the percent of friction head of the total required boost pressure must be determined. A consumption pattern or load profile of the water usage is also beneficial to know. This will establish where the pump will operate a majority of the time and help determine how much additional savings can be achieved since there will be less friction head generated at lower flow rates, ultimately lowering the set point.

A few ways to accomplish proportional pressure is remote mounting a pressure sensor or utilizing the built-in logic of the Grundfos MPC controller. Once the controller is programmed with the percent of friction head and preferred adaptation mode (linear or square), it will then utilize the pump’s performance curve and flow estimation software to automatically adjust the set point to compensate for the friction loss seen in the system. This can achieve the following major benefits:

  • Reduction in water leakage from excessive pressure on pipes
  • Reduction in maintenance cost on piping
  • Reduction in energy consumption by utilizing the VFDs more effectively towards the system’s demands
  • Reduction in the amount of pipe burst in the distribution network

The ability to control pressure effectively can lower leakage losses and save overall operating costs. To ensure a properly sized system, contact your IPEG Account Manager to help select the correct size, type and number of pumps best suited for your system’s needs.