CLEVELAND - The Hydraulic Institute’s (HI’s) 2008 Spring Technical Meeting brought together nearly 100 top-level technical professionals from the pump industry. They discussed the development of new pump standards and energy-efficient process controls, and participated in educational and training initiatives.

Highlights of the five-day Spring Technical Meeting included the presentation of two Pump Knowledge Workshops. In his presentation on Pressure Control Using Variable-Frequency Drives, Julian Atchia, the business development manager at SJE-Rhombus, detailed process controls and design considerations needed for increasing the energy efficiency of pumping systems.

David McKinstry, vice president of IMO Pump - Colfax Corp. and HI’s vice president of technical affairs, presented a Standards Development Training Session to HI chairs and vice chairs on the role and responsibilities of committee officers and members in developing HI standards and technical documents. He provided insight into the policies and processes for technical document creation and management from the committee’s perspective and described the three-step voting procedure used to achieve consensus. Future Standards Development Sessions are being planned for all technical committee members.

During the course of the event, the Pump Systems Matter™ (PSM) sponsors also met to discuss and develop the organization’s latest array of educational programs, including a planned three- to five-day classroom-based Pump System Engineering Foundations Course. Other topics covered in the PSM meeting included a presentation on “New York Energy Smart” by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a new PSM sponsor.

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Publication date:08/11/2008