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Franklin in the Field: Turn Time into Money


A true story told by Mark Reeder, Director of Innovation & Field Marketing...

“Time is money. It’s a well-worn cliché that sticks around because it’s true. Let’s say it in terms of your submersible water systems business: 'A MEGGER IS MONEY.’Mark Reeder

Here’s Why

The homeowner calls and is 'out of water’. They probably have plenty of water, but something is keeping them from getting it out of the ground. It’s your job to find out why, fix it, and most importantly, get compensated for it.

When you arrive, you’ll verify they actually have power and check the basics. But, beyond that, there’s no better tool and no faster way to figure out what’s happening then with a megohmeter. Often just called a “megger” or insulation tester, a megohmeter measures insulation resistance. It’s essentially a high-powered ohmmeter. A megger answers the question of, is the electrical part of our submersible installation isolated (or insulated) from the non-electrical part? Said another way, Do I have a ground fault in our system?

Yes, right now you’re asking, Why can’t I just use my trusty Simpson 372 ohmmeter for this? The answer is the amount of electrical pressure, otherwise known as voltage, that each instrument applies to the system. If your system is completely grounded, the ohmmeter will tell you exactly that. Where the megger is invaluable is finding that splice that leaks just a little bit, that little nick in the drop cable, and all the other things that aren’t obvious that can lead to a ground fault.

Where a megger is similar to an ohmmeter is that both must be used when the power is off, so as always, verify the power is off before using.

In literally 5 minutes, you gain a terrific amount of insight on what direction to head. Is it the cable, is it the motor, a splice, or is it something else? There’s no better way to treat your time like your money than with this instrument. If you don’t have one, invest a few hundred dollars and get one. It will give new meaning to the phrase time is money.”

Success Stories: Franklin Service Comes Through Again


We asked contractors to share their experiences with Franklin Electric and this is what they had to say…

“We installed two 5 hp, 70 gpm pumps for a rock yard in a couple of ponds. We continued to have problems with the system because, at times, the demand would be 70 gpm and other times it would only be 20 gpm and we were pumping a lot of sludge from rock dust. I contacted a Field Service Engineer with Franklin Electric andTammy - Garland Drilling he came out and helped resolve the problems. We have used Franklin Electric for over 30 years. They have always stood behind their products and you just don't get that much this day and age. Hats off to a great company. Looking forward to the next 30 years with you all!”

- Tammy from Stigler, Oklahoma.

“We installed a variable speed drive at a customer’s home and he began having electrical issues. They had electricians and the power company out to their home. We called Franklin for trouble shooting through their Technical Service Hotline. Franklin sent out a Field Service Engineer at no charge and he found a weak ground in the customer’s electrical system. Problem solved.”

- Bill Hecksel from Coopersville, Michigan.

MINExpo: Franklin Displaying Solutions on the Grand Stage


Franklin Electric will be showing off its solution-driven product offering to the thousands of attendees at one of the world’s largest displays of innovative products and technologies for those in the metal, mineral, and energy business – MINExpo 2016! Join Franklin September 26-28 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at booth 1843 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center to see how we can help your business.

A few of the products on display include:Minexpo2016 Cmyk

For a complete list of our Mining market product offering, click here.

For more information on Artificial Lift Pumping Systems, click here.

For more information on MINExpo, click here.

WEFTEC 2016: Multiple Innovations on Display


Join us at WEFTEC 2016 September 26-28 in booth 4719 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana to see a variety of innovations to solve your pumping and grinding challenges. A few of the new products featured in the booth include:W16 Exhsig Franklinelectric

Recently expanded VR Series line of vertical, stainless steel multi-stage pumps – Deliver clean water under pressure for a wide range of applications. These booster pumps are now available in 3, 5, 9, 15, 20, 30, 45, 65 and 95 m3/h options with a flow range up to 600 gpm and 750 feet of total dynamic head (TDH). Each pump features all 316 stainless steel hydraulic components for optimum durability, efficiency and performance – even in corrosive water applications. Impellers and diffuser stages are fabricated from heavy gauge stainless steel using advanced welding technology. The oversized ball bearing/coupler assembly eliminates the need for stack height adjustment and supports the axial thrust load. The elimination of axial thrust allows the VR Series pumps to utilize industry standard motors instead of the high-thrust motors commonly required in similar industry applications.

New FPS IGPDS Dual Seal Grinder Pump Series – Delivers increased pump security and performance ideal for commercial and high-end residential applications. The IGPDS Dual Seal Grinder Pump Series utilizes two mechanical seals, coupled with sensor probe and seal leak detection circuitry in the panel, to provide added pump protection that can extend the overall pump life. If water enters the oil chamber, a light in the control panel will illuminate and indicate that the first seal requires replacement. The second seal continues to protect the pump so that it can maintain full functionality until the first seal can be changed. Upon the replacement of the first seal, the pump can be put back in service at peak performance levels. It efficiently pumps sewage slurries up to 130 feet and features a patented cutting system that grinds at 414,000 cuts per minute.

To learn more about WEFTEC, click here.

New Videos – Sizing a Submersible Pump, Jet Pump Motors, & Basic Electricity


Check out the following new videos in Franklin Electric’s “Training & Support Video Toolbox” on YouTube at

Sizing a Submersible Pump

  • This video helps you properly size your future submersible pump applications by analyzing the data you need to know, distances, and strategy, while offering other tips that will help you identify crucialSizing A Submersible information.

Jet Pump Motors

  • This video addresses how to properly set up a motor with a jet pump and how to overcome common challenges when installing or troubleshooting the motor.

Basic Electricity – It’s Role In Powering A Pumping System

  • This video will help you better understand the role basic electricity plays in powering a pumping system. Included: need-to-know facts, safety tips, and special recommendations.

Be sure to visit the FranklinWater YouTube page regularly to see what’s new!

Franklin and DSI Support Global Water Cause


Around the world, 884 million people do not have access to safe drinking water, while 2.6 billion are without adequate IMG_1957sanitation facilities. Every day, nearly 6,000 people who share our planet die from water-related illnesses, and the vast majority are children. Recently, Franklin partnered with local Indianapolis distributor Drillers Service Inc. (DSI) to
sponsor and participate in the 10th annual Run for World Water 5K in Indianapolis, Indiana. Together, more than 25 Franklin and DSI employees and family members ran for the cause. Proceeds of the event go to Water For People, a nonprofit organization that helps people in developing countries improve quality of life through the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs.

Learn more about the cause and event.

New Items Featured on the Franklin Electric Merchandise Website


We are pleased to announce a number of new additions to the merchandise website (E-Store)! Choose from new vehicle clings, hats, silk scarves, tumblers, and more!

“Franklin Electric” Link
EstoreNew options and old favorites! Included are items featuring the “Our Craftsmanship. Your Craft.” message, which defines our dedication to engineering and manufacturing products that support your Craft.

“Little Giant” Link
This year, Franklin Electric is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Little Giant® brand. Check out the new merchandise highlighting this historic milestone!

“Embroider to Order” Link
Don’t forget, this link showcases an array of apparel styles, sizes, and colors that allows you to customize your look. Order these items by contacting Tiffany Olson at 712.737.0818.

Click here to visit the merchandise website.

New Solar Selection Software


Now available! Franklin’s new solar selection software is an integral tool to sizing and selecting the proper solar water pumping system for each project. This new software includes both SubDrive Solar and Fhoton™ Solar products. Selection criteria includes an easy three step process based on location, needed water, and total dynamic head. It has all the functionality of the current selector, but is enhanced with new features.


  • Dynamic switching between Standard US and Metric Sizing criteria Solar Selector
  • More flow type options (Example: liters/minutes/seconds)
  • Solar panel sizing now more user friendly on main Selection Criteria page
  • Multi-language option to support English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese
  • Additional languages to be added with future enhancements
  • Dynamic wire sizing feature that provides the wire size recommendation in Metric and AWG, based on user input
  • Application search results displayed in table layout that can be quickly sorted based on criteria for a specific job
  • Addition of “Volume per Watt” column to better compare and select which system maximizes your investment

To access and use this new software, click here.

9 Tips to Avoid VMS Motor Failure


Below are 9 tips to avoid VMS motor failure, written by Franklin Electric’s Steven Ulrich, Senior Portfolio Manager for Large Surface Pumps.

  1. Know your max flow and head requirements, and then properly size your VMS pump according to your application pre-installation.
  2. A VFD does not give your VMS pump supernatural abilities. Overloading can still occur if the pump is not sized properly. Ensure your overloads are set properly to take the pump offline should a problem develop.
  3. When setting up a pump system to be controlled by a VFD, follow the VFD manufacturer's guidelines VFDs - Steve Ulrich Storyconcerning the need for output filtering to reduce damage to the motor insulation system from voltage spikes. Using a motor with a Class F or H insulation system would give the motor a higher temperature rise rating and ensure the insulation holds up better under warmer operating conditions.
  4. Properly set up the throttling valve at pump startup if the transducer and PID feedback are not monitoring the pump’s discharge side.
  5. One option is to install a fixed orifice flow control valve on the pump discharge line to prevent it from going beyond its recommended operating range.
  6. Follow the manufacturer owner's manual closely and test repeatedly.
  7. To achieve results backed by proper testing, partner with one manufacturer (for both the VMS pump and the VFD) that tests the products working together and can prove their performance.
  8. When buying your VMS and VFD, choose a manufacturer with a proven history of on-site product support to ensure future challenges or questions are quickly resolved and maximum performance is continued.
  9. When using a VFD on any pump, including a VMS pump, bearing failure from VFD-induced shaft voltage and the resulting bearing currents can be prevented with the use of ground shaft rings, or it can be reduced significantly with the use of a dv/dt filter.

To read the full article on Tips to Get the Most from VMS Pumps, click here.

New Video - Prominent Franklin Electric Brand Celebrates 75th Anniversary


In 2016, Franklin Electric is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Little Giant® - one of its leading brands for plumbing, 75th Celebration (1)HVAC, dewatering, utility and a variety of other pumps. Recently, at the employee celebration held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the company was recognized by Mick Cornett, Mayor of the City of Oklahoma City, with the issuance of a proclamation for reaching this historic milestone. In addition, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Gregg Sengstack, and Franklin Electric Vice President and President of North America Water Systems, DeLancey Davis spoke about the longevity of the company and how it revolves around great people. 

To view the video, click here.