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Pumps & Pump Systems: Specification,
Installation & Operation

Understanding Design, Selection, Installation, Pump & System Curves
and Monitoring Techniques

Both Days - $990

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"What an Eye Opener! This course makes troubleshooting easy!"
Matthew Kossick - Maintenance Supervisor - Franklin Industries

"Very down to earth and practical."
Rick VanSeters - Product Engineer - Parker Hannifin

"The most complete pump training course I have ever attended."
Kevin Shelton - Process Specialist - Midwest Generationt - Midwest Generation

Purpose of Training:

This course was designed to bring students up to speed in their knowledge of centrifugal pumps and the systems that run them as quickly and efficiently as possible. It includes discussions on basic pump design, function and application, and was specifically created for anyone who is responsible for pump specification, installation and operating efficiency at their facility. It provides a practical, real world education taught by instructors who have actually spent time specifying and designing pump systems for every-day industrial and commercial applications. The novice will receive a comprehensive overview of selection, installation and operation best-practices and the more experienced person can use this course as great refresher for continuing education or to learn a few new ideas or tricks of the trade. Students’ specific needs and concerns are also addressed during the class so that they can go back to their workplace and immediately apply what they’ve learned.

After attending this course, students will be able to design basic pump systems, select and install pumps, prevent system downtime, and save time and money involved with the continual repair and replacement of pumps. Overall, this training program will teach students how to match the right pump for the job, create problem-free solutions for moving fluids, and ensure maximum pump life and efficiency!

Training Outcomes

After completion of this course attendees will be able to present a training certificate indicating he or she has learned to:

  • Understand and apply basic pump principles
  • Properly select the right pump & motor for the job
  • Install, start-up and commission a pump
  • Correctly align a pump and motor
  • Properly maintain pumps and pump systems
  • Properly operate a pump system
  • Read and understand what pump gauges are saying
  • Read and apply pump curve charts
  • Identify and distinguish a “pump” problem from a “system” problem
  • Identify, correct and avoid cavitation problems
  • Prevent mechanical seal failure
  • Conduct pump failure analysis so as not to repeat errors

Discussion Topics

Better than learning how to replace or repair a pump, wouldn’t it be more efficient and a greater cost savings if you just knew how to prevent a pump from failing in the first place? That’s exactly what this course is designed to do. From the pump and pump system, to the people who operate, maintain and design the pump system, this seminar will teach students how to identify the real problems causing pump failure, and how to avoid repeating those problems in the future. It starts by making sure students understand basic pump functions and features so that they can learn how to properly specify a pump. After learning how to select the right pump, then proper system design, pump installation and preventive maintenance practices are covered before moving on to additional discussions on pump optimization, failure analysis and condition monitoring. A list of discussion topics to be covered in this class includes:

  • Pump Classification
    • Positive Displacement Pumps
    • Dynamic Pumps

  • Basic Hydraulic & Pump Concepts & Definitions
    • Defining Pressure
    • Head
    • Specific Gravity
    • Why Head Instead of Pressure?

  • How Centrifugal Pumps Work
    • How Centrifugal Pumps Induce Flow

  • Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH)
    • NPSHR vs. NPSHA
    • Pump Cavitation
    • NPSH Margin

  • Horsepower & Efficiency
    • Losses
    • Calculating Efficiency
    • Affects of Viscosity

  • Reading Pump Curves
    • Single Line Curves
    • Multiple Trim Curves
    • Multiple Speed Curves
    • Affinity Laws

  • Pump System Curves
    • Calculating System Heads
    • Where The Pump Will Operate
    • Changes in the System Curve
    • Determining a Pump’s Operating Point in the Field

  • Effect of Pump Operation on Mechanical Reliability
    • Axial & Radial Loads
    • Shaft Deflection
    • Seal & Bearing Life
    • Start Up and Commissioning Procedures
    • Minimum Flow Restrictions

  • Specifying the Right Pump
    • Tips on Matching the Right Pump to the Job

  • Bearings
    • Lubrication Methods
    • Failure Modes
    • Proper Maintenance
    • Proper Lubricant Care

  • Seals & Packing for Pumps
    • Packing
      • Types of Packing
      • Proper Packing Installation
      • Correctly Adjusting Packing
    • Mechanical Seals
      • Pusher & Non Pusher Designs
      • Single Seals
      • Double and Tandem Seals
      • Dry Gas Seals
      • Other Sealing Methods

  • Good Pump System Design and Installation Practices
    • Building Reliability From the Foundation Up
    • Alignment
      • Types of Misalignment
      • Alignment Methods

  • Optimizing Your Pump Operation
    • Pump Energy Efficiency
    • Improved Reliability
    • Better Process Control
    • Affect of Pump Speed on Pump Life

  • Pump Troubleshooting
    • Common Pump Problems and Their Solutions
    • Root Cause Analysis

  • Condition Monitoring of Pumps
    • Vibration Analysis
    • Lubricant Analysis
    • Alternative Methods

What You Will Take Home

• American Trainco Pumps & Pump Systems Seminar Manual - detailing all presentation material covered in the class

• Personalized Pump & Pump Systems Training Certificate with 1.6 American Trainco Continuing Education Units for attendance of both days

• All the information you need from asking our instructors specific questions about your own centrifugal pump, pump system or equipment.

Optional ATMT Certification® Testing

An optional ATMT® Certification exam is available for this training topic. It may be taken online or as a written test any time after the class is over. Please visit ATMT® Testing and Certification for more information.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

All students attending our seminars receive a personalized Certificate of Completion and .8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) per day of training. Over 40,000 employers and government agencies who have sent their employees to our classes accept American Trainco CEUs for continuing education requirements. Our administration and record keeping practices meet or exceed the standards of ACE (American Council on Education) and we are able to provide transcripts of all classes attended and tests taken by individual students. Please contact us if our CEUs are not yet accepted by your authority. We will initiate an application to get the approval process started.

In House Training

You can bring this or any American Trainco seminar directly to your plant or facility. We offer dozens of courses covering a broad range of maintenance and maintenance management topics. Our expert instructors are among the most experienced in the industry and can modify or customize training programs to meet your specific needs - whether you need a short refresher course or an in depth program that focuses on your equipment and processes. In house training reduces the training cost per employee and limits the time required away from work. There are several other advantages of in house training as well.

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If you're not yet sure you'll be able to attend a seminar, you can still make a reservation to hold your space in class. However, payment for international and overseas students must be made prior to the start of the seminar (in Dollars U.S.), and all seminar fees are non-refundable. Student substitutions can be freely made at any time prior to the start of the seminar. American Trainco’s Money-Back Guarantee does not apply for international and overseas registrations.

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