Pumps & Systems Podcast
Summary: Pumps & Systems is the voice of the international pump and rotating equipment industry. As the leading media brand for pump users worldwide since 1993, it delivers relevant industry news and powerful technical information to a total average monthly audience of 187,173* managers, engineers, operators and other maintenance professionals. Pumps & Systems is the only North American trade publication that covers pumps and related equipment in every issue. We deliver timely information and pump industry news through our e-newsletters—Pump Users Digest and Products for Pump Users. *web traffic + e-news subscribers + print & pass-along, minus known overlap (Sources: Omeda + BPA) Pumps & Systems provides easy-to-read editorial that covers practical solutions, real-world applications and technical information, along with industry news and trends.
In Episode 3 of the Pumps & Systems podcast, Drew Champlin speaks with systems engineer and longtime Pumps & Systems contributor William (Bill) Livoti on why pump systems are poorly designed. Livoti, who is retired full-time from the pump industry but still doing some training, explains why he is passionate about the issue and his P&S column, Pump System Standards. Livoti explains why he isn't seeing General Scope Documents that meet today's needs and common mistakes he sees when designing a system or purchasing assets. Other topics Livoti addresses include why we are behind in the United States in addressing these issues, life cycle cost vs. first cost and what he would recommend to end users as a path forward. The next podcast with Livoti will focus on the General Scope Document. Check out Livoti's columns at https://www.pumpsandsystems.com/tags/william-livoti
Mark Hassman of Crane Engineering joins the podcast to discuss his team's development of a waste treatment system viable in areas where poor sanitation poses the greatest risk to human health. This is spurred by a $4.2 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Crane Engineering built a Mobile Septage Treatment System prototype in 2016, and it was tested in 2017. Hassman goes in depth on his passion for the project and his team's trip to Ghana and Uganda, where they saw the problems first-hand. He also speaks on where Crane Engineering is with the project.
Patrick Hogg of Nidec Motor Corporation joins the podcast to discuss how motors run on VFDs and how these two components interact. Some discussion points from within the podcast: Why is this a hot topic to cover and why would people be interested? How a drive affects a motor and how to protect the motor from those effects. What to consider when installing the components together. Does the interaction of the components affect efficiency? Do pump users need to make any changes to their pump before adding a variable speed drive system? What are some worst-case scenarios for installations?
Welcome to the Pumps & Systems podcast. I'm your host, Drew Champlin, managing editor of Pumps & Systems magazine. Follow us through the journey as we talk to pump experts worldwide.