News: Frankly Speaking
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:
- Electric Submersible and Progressive Cavity Pumps
- P-Series Variable Speed Drive
- SR Series
- STS Series
- 6-inch Motors
- Pioneer Pump GT Series and other pumps
- And much more!
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.
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:
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.
Check out the following new videos in Franklin Electric’s “Training & Support Video Toolbox” on YouTube at www.youtube.com/franklinwater:
- 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 crucial information.
- 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.
- 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!
Around the world, 884 million people do not have access to safe drinking water, while 2.6 billion are without adequate sanitation 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.
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
New 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.
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
- 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.
Below are 9 tips to avoid VMS motor failure, written by Franklin Electric’s Steven Ulrich, Senior Portfolio Manager for Large Surface Pumps.
- Know your max flow and head requirements, and then properly size your VMS pump according to your application pre-installation.
- 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.
- When setting up a pump system to be controlled by a VFD, follow the VFD manufacturer's guidelines concerning 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.
- Properly set up the throttling valve at pump startup if the transducer and PID feedback are not monitoring the pump’s discharge side.
- 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.
- Follow the manufacturer owner's manual closely and test repeatedly.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
In 2016, Franklin Electric is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Little Giant® - one of its leading brands for plumbing, 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.
National Driller magazine talked to our own Scott Stayton on the 2016 South Atlantic Jubilee show floor about the new SubDrive Connect and the value it will have for you.
In addition to the Enhanced Features software package, the SubDrive Connect and MonoDrive Connect family incorporates the new 5 hp SubDrive50 Connect model – which is the only constant pressure drive of its size that will run a 3 hp, single-phase motor. Curious about the Enhanced Features?
Our pump expert, Steven Ulrich, Senior Portfolio Manager for Large Surface Pumps, recently wrote an article identifying the keys to getting the most out of your Vertical Multi-Stage (VMS) pumps. Truth is, VMS pumps have become popular because they provide increased pumping efficiency along with energy savings. With a variety of nominal flow ratings and the benefit of multi-staging, the technology features a wide range of discharge pressures and pump horsepower ratings to cover a multitude of hydraulic applications. Combine one of these fixed-speed pumps with a variable frequency drive (VFD) controller, and the affinity laws will provide even more versatility. However, there is a misconception that a VFD allows the VMS pump to function properly without having to appropriately size it according to the application. This article helps you understand how to evaluate the application before installation to ensure a long-lasting, productive and efficient pump.
To read the full article in Pumps & Systems, click here.