Pump Users and Consultants to Play Key Role in Hydraulic Institute Standards Development

23.01.2002

PARSIPPANY, NJ, December 21, 2001 - In a move to harmonize global pump industry standards that are more enforceable, are developed by all interested parties, and better reflect modern test instrumentation capabilities, pump users and consultants shared their perspectives with pump manufacturers at a recent meeting of the Hydraulic Institute (HI) Test Standard Committee in Orlando, Fla.

Marking the beginning of what promises to be a trend of increased direct user and consultant input into the development of ANSI (American National Standard Institute)/HI pump standards, representatives from various market segments communicated their unique needs and priorities as related to rotodynamic pump test acceptance criteria in a day-long meeting.

"Historically, HI standards have been developed and approved using the ANSI Canvass process, in which a balanced number of representatives from user, consultant, and general interest categories review the completed document after it has been drafted and undergone an initial assessment by relevant HI members," explained Gregg Romanyshyn, technical director of HI. "It is envisioned that participation by a more diverse working group during the early phase of standards development will facilitate better communications among all industry sectors and ultimately heighten the awareness and increase the authority of the final document."

Among the companies participating in the Test Standard Committee Meeting were Aymer Engineering & Associates of Marshalltown, Iowa; Brown and Caldwell of Walnut Creek, Calif.; Carollo Engineers, also of Walnut Creek, Calif.; Chevron-Texaco of Houston, Texas; DuPont Co. of Wilmington, Del.; Greeley and Hansen LLP of Chicago, Ill.; Healy Engineering of Milton, Mass.; South Florida Water Management of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Weyerhauser of Valliant, Okla.

"It is especially encouraging to hear that pump users and consultants want to become more involved in the standards development process and have agreed to volunteer their time to help in this effort," added Romanyshyn. The next meeting of the HI Test Standard Committee is scheduled for early February 2002, prior to the HI Annual Meeting in Ft. Myers, Florida.

The purpose statement of the Test Standard Committee reads, To develop, jointly with Europump, a new global pump acceptance test standard, with the vision that it can be published as a future ANSI/HI and ISO standard for pump acceptance testing. Equipment covered by this standard includes all rotodynamic pumps that are commonly tested with clear water. Test parameters to be developed by the committee.

HI standards are widely accepted references. According to an HI survey, 83 percent of pump tests specified used HI standards. Currently, the Institute provides test standards for centrifugal, vertical, rotary, reciprocating, sealless centrifugal and sealless rotary pumps. New test standards are anticipated for submersible and air operated pumps in 2002.

About Hydraulic Institute

The 85-year old Hydraulic Institute, the largest association of pump producers in North America, serves member companies and pump users by providing product standards, and forums for the exchange of industry information. For more information on the Hydraulic Institute, visit the HI web site at www.pumps.org. Requests may also be faxed to (973) 267-9055 or mailed to 9 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, NJ 07054. Visitors to the HI web site are invited to sign the HI Guest Book for future notices of new standards, on-going energy savings tips and updates on educational offerings.

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