October 2021

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Reliability: Update your pump and mechanical seal specifications

A professionally presented course in pump fundamentals caught our eye recently.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A professionally presented course in pump fundamentals caught our eye recently. The presenter’s explanations of basic pump design and construction, operation and design fundamentals were flawless, and he used superior animations and illustrations. The latter would have been helpful in the now 38-yr-old Improving Machinery Reliability,1 and several more recent books on pump reliability improvements. However, we realized that even a relatively recent course in basic construction and design of centrifugal pumps can miss out on teaching the details of improvements or upgrades that are routinely requested by best-in-class user companies. Common sense tells us that unless pump repair or upgrade s

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