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Whether you are an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm designing a new system, or a power plant operator looking to improve the performance and reliability of an existing system, here are 5.5 things to consider regarding pumps and pumping systems.

Take advantage of our expertise as a leading gear pump OEM, and get your system right from the start. Read CIRCOR’s Robert Limper and Emmett Sellers, P.E. on how to achieve accurate fluid delivery and service reliability in “7 Tips for Choosing a Metering Gear Pump" in a recent issue of Pumps and Systems.

Puralube Germany depends on CIRCOR’s Allweiler Progressing Cavity Pumps to optimize oil transfer and meet the many pumping challenges at its Leipzig refineries.

Though pumps are the workhorses of many industries (refining, chemical/petrochemical, and pump and paper), for some reason bearing lubrication is often not considered a high priority. However, concern for pump reliability is growing as a result of record keeping, increasing repair costs, and professional papers that continue to give lubrication issues attention.

Centralized systems have certain advantages that cannot be overlooked when taking into account tight plant production schedules and OSHA safety regulations.

Learn about the latest enhancement to the Smart Technology CM-1000 Series intelligent seawater cooling system controller – Active Valve Control. This new feature offers energy savings up to 85%, lower maintenance costs up to 50% and much more.

Marine Propulsion & Auxiliary Machinery magazine discusses how the CM-1000 intelligent pump control system is generating real energy savings in marine applications, using variable speed drive to match the energy consumption of seawater cooling pumps to the temperature of fresh water in real time.

Oil-mist lubrication systems have been used for many years. Properly applied, they also represent a proven and environmentally clean technology for lubricating rotating equipment in the hydrocarbon processing industry.

Why oil mist? In and of itself, oil-mist lubrication does not “cure” or prevent every conceivable lubrication-related failure of rotating equipment. Oil mist will not “heal” a compromised bearing, and a pre-existing defect can culminate in a bearing failure. However, properly applied oil mist will indeed extend bearing life when compared to most alternative lubrication methods.

Transporting crude oil from remote fields to the consumer market is a long haul. Along this intricate network of pipelines, processing facilities and tank farms, the crude oil must be repeatedly moved, treated, separated, boosted and ultimately refined prior to its delivery to various end markets. The total process is immensely energy intensive.

In this issue of Pumps & Systems, find out from our experts Kangana Bhushan and Jim Davis how to evaluate whether centrifugal or positive displacement pumps are the most suitable approach to deliver lubrication and cooling benefits at the optimal total cost of ownership.

Savings in driver maintenance, lower operating manpower, reduced lubricant consumption and energy savings should also be included in a cost justification.

Oil mist lubrication is a proven and environmentally clean technology for the lubrication of rotating equipment in process industries. The use of oil mist lubrication has grown dramatically worldwide delivering increased reliability to many types of rotating equipment.

A look at the importance of the consulting/engineering approach in customizing a packaged pumping solution.

This primer on twin and three screw pumps describes how they are uniquely suited to many applications in the oil and gas market.

CIRCOR discusses pump and system efficiency in Power Engineering Mag.

Two-screw, multiphase pumps have been used in conventional wellhead production boosting for more than 20 years and are emerging in unconventional plays. The pumps use positive displacement technology to mechanically lower a well’s backpressure, unlocking stubborn oil production.

Learn about the dynamic changes in global fluid movement in this interview with 43-year oil and gas industry veteran, Mark Korzec.

The last 10 to 15 years have generated improvements in optimizing equipment reliability because of employee training and services provided by specialized lubrication support companies. Root cause analysis of equipment failures has put the spotlight on lubrication as one of the most common causes of equipment/bearing failure, with particle contamination being the primary culprit.

Even today, with every weapon, tool and piece of equipment that we use, we continue to look for ways to improve on its reliability. To do that, however, we can’t just focus on the piece of equipment itself, or the way it’s operated. Rather, we also must target the various ancillary systems that support equipment operation. Lubrication is one of these important systems.

Mechanical seals are controlled leakage devices, not zero leakage devices. Read our new article, “The ABCs of Mechanical Seal Leaks and Impact on Thermal Fluid Operations,” and learn about the role of condition monitoring in helping MRO professionals gauge the fitness of the pumps on which seals perform their critical function.

In recent years, COT-PURITECH has made inroads into the refinery and chemical plant market in the Gulf Coast region, opening a satellite office in League City, Texas. In just three years, it had already outgrown that space, and the company recently broke ground on a new 15,000-square-foot facility that will allow it to sustain expansion.

Major oil companies were the first to adopt and use oil mist. Now many of the smaller and even the independent refineries recognize the benefits of oil mist lubrication and are using it to achieve improved reliability with their smaller workforces.

An electric utility reduced installation time, expense and equipment footprint with a packaged pumping system.

Gentle pumping action, with low turbulence and minimal mixing of the pumped liquid, is important in many fields of industry. Power plants, for example, contain applications where this characteristic is essential.

CIRCOR’s Ian White and Henrik Wikström explain in World Pumps why three-screw pumps can optimize performance and efficiency in a broad spectrum of applications while delivering benefits across a very long lifecycle. Article used with permission and published in the November/December 2017 issue of World Pumps.

This is a tale of two pump curves in storage and terminal applications: one steadily bending downward from pump shut-off head, the other barely a curve at all. Only one of those pump technologies can achieve certain critical objectives for reliably pumping hydrocarbons with highly variable fluid properties and under varying operating conditions.

With large reductions in new well and field development, and limited capital expenditure available for facility optimizations, prospects for production increases may appear dismal. But reasonable strategies to unlock stubborn reserves and optimize immediate production do exist.

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