60 Seconds with Summit Pump

  Tips for optimizing pump efficiencies by setting proper impeller clearances. In the ubiquitous world of horizontal ANSI pumps…all share some common dimensions and a back pull-out feature but note there are also two distinctly different styles. Both styles utilize an external feature to adjust the impeller clearance. This adjustment device helps the owner to

This month, we review the reasoning for multiple pump alignments and why there may actually be more required than you think! At the factory… the motor is positioned on the base plate and checked for proper alignment to the pump. As soon as the unit (base/motor/pump) is loaded on the truck the alignment integrity is lost. Later

Recently, we investigated numerous issues with mechanical seals failing in self-priming pumps on suction lift applications. In each instance the pump/system was not installed or operated properly. Root cause analysis suggested a misunderstanding of basic physics. We thought it would be beneficial to review a few fundamentals for pumps on suction lift installations.   A suction lift simply

Last month we reviewed basic vacuum principles. The reason was to better understand how to correctly measure the differential pressure across an operating pump. Understanding your suction pressure and knowing how to read a vacuum is critical in identifying performance issues. In the field, instruments measure in units of PSI …whether gauge, absolute or vacuum. When diagnosing issues,

  We get calls from the field concerning issues with pumps that are experiencing performance issues. Typically we perform a triage scenario; we first figure out if the pump is on a suction lift arrangement and make sure the pump is notattempting to defy the laws of physics. Once that question is satisfied we then walk through the

Thanksgiving…At this time of year in America we purposefully pause and offer thanks for all we have. Suppose for a minute that in a fictional and make-believe universe you were a pump; what would you give thanks for? We share some ideas.  This Pump is Grateful For…    A balanced impeller, precise shaft alignment, robust foundation and solidly grouted