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Relaunch: 4-Inch High Capacity Submersible Pumps are now Compliant to all Federal Energy Efficiency Standards

02/21/2020

Franklin Electric continually invests in developing and delivering pumps with improved efficiency and performance. With these investments, the 4-Inch High Capacity Submersible Pumps are compliant to all federal energy efficiency standards. Energy conservation and product efficiency improvements are key components driving innovation for Franklin Electric. These new 4-inch High Capacity Submersible Pumps, with increased efficiency, are just one piece in a growing family of high-efficiency products. The high-efficiency packages will provide more value, performance, and opportunity to serve customers' water needs well into the future.

As efficiency updates have been made to these pumps, the product line has also been optimized and consolidated to one product family and will fall under Franklin Electric's premium submersible pump construction style known as Tri-Seal. A complete cross-reference guide for the Tri-Seal High Capacity can be downloaded below.

Reminder: DOE Efficiency Standards

Effective January 27, 2020*, a Department of Energy (DOE) regulation requires all commercial, industrial, and groundwater pumps manufactured to operate within a specified horsepower range to meet their new energy conservation standard.

*All the pumps that fall under the regulation made after the implementation date will have the appropriate DOE mandated nomenclature on the products nameplate label. Pumps manufactured prior to this date may still be purchased and operated.

As a quick overview, the new DOE standards affect pumps with performance characteristics or specifications within the following ranges:

  • 1 to 200 horsepower (HP) with shaft power at the best efficiency point (BEP), at full impeller diameter for the number of stages required for testing to the standard
  • 25 gallons per minute (gpm) and greater (at BEP and full impeller diameter)
  • 459 feet of head maximum (at BEP at full impeller diameter and the number of stages specified for testing)
  • Design temperature range from 14 to 248°F

Now Available: MagForce Product Line Offering

02/20/2020

FE Permanent Magnet Motor TopThe MagForce™ High Efficiency Motor System is now available for order* in 460vac and 575vac input power options. DV/DT output filters are available for applications with a motor lead distance less than 800-feet, and Sine Wave output filters for motor lead distances greater than 800-feet. Stand-alone variable frequency drives (VFDs) and filters are also available.

*Initial lead times may be 8 weeks or longer. Please contact your Franklin Electric Sales Representative for more information. 

Ideal For Long Run-Time Applications

  • Groundwater remediation
  • Drainage water level control
  • Municipal/utility water supply
  • Construction-site dewatering
  • High-volume and industrial livestock operations
  • Mine-site dewatering and tank-level control
  • Well-supply geothermal HVAC systems

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  • Groundbreaking Efficiency: 90% efficiency rating is 10-12 percent greater than standard induction motor construction. Typical high-duty rate systems can have a payback* of 1 to 2 years. *Based on Field Trial Data
  • Simplified Inventory Management: Three motor sizes cover pump horsepowers ranging from 7.5 to 60. Fewer SKUs simplify your inventory.

  • Slash Electricity Consumption: Since the motor has rare earth magnets, there is less electrical energy loss, which translates into greater power output per dollar spent on power input. This saves operational costs every time the motor is run; the more it is used, the more can be saved.

  • Horsepower Boost: Capable of a 13.6 percent horsepower boost achieved by increasing the motor’s shaft speed to a true 60 Hz, 3600 rpm**. This allows increased pump output in terms of water volume and total dynamic head pressure without having to pull the system from the well.
    ** Not to exceed the PM motor’s max amp rating.

  • Smaller Footprint: Lighter and easier to handle than standard induction motors and, like all submersible motor systems, provides a smaller above ground footprint when compared to line shaft turbines.

  • A Package Deal: When ordered, the motor is shipped with a customized variable frequency drive panel that is preprogrammed for use with a transducer-controlled pump system. This allows simple startup, compatibility with a variety of application types, and is guaranteed to optimize performance and maximize system life. The drive control panel also features real-time monitoring, protection, and customizable application-specific programming software as needed to cover all customer requirements.

  • Fully Supported: Comes fully supported by the industry's leading Technical Support professionals and Field Service Engineers
    1.800.348.2420

Acquisition of Assets of CPS Pumps

02/03/2020

Today we announced the completion of a strategic acquisition to expand Franklin Electric’s product offerings focused in the large submersible and industrial pump business segments. We have acquired the product lines and assets of CPS Pumps, along with its current manufacturing process in Rossville, Tennessee. The acquisition brings Franklin Electric a deep and diverse set of key products and expertise, including a full portfolio of line shaft turbines, split case, end suction, and ANSI-style pumps, allowing us to better serve our global customers in the agriculture irrigation, municipal, industrial, and mining markets. In addition, it will provide an opportunity to expand our presence into fire pump applications in the commercial and industrial markets.

We welcome the employees of CPS Pumps, located in Rossville, TN, into the Franklin Electric family. The business and Rossville facility will be integrated into the existing Global Water business structure. We will be immediately transitioning the business into Franklin Electric’s business systems and ramping production rates in order to serve our customers for the 2020 season. The product lines will carry the FPS product brand and will be available through our existing industrial and groundwater distribution channels.

We look forward to serving our current and new customers in these new complementary product segments and applications. Additional information on the new business will be forthcoming; please reach out to your territory manager with any questions.

Don Kenney
President, Global Water

Certified Franklin Electric Build Centers

12/18/2019

Buildcenter Logo CLR 1Certified Franklin Electric Build Centers now support the construction of 6-,8-, and 10-inch SSI Series Submersible Pumps, a cost-effective, high-flow option for your irrigation, agricultural, industrial, and municipal applications. 

Certified Franklin Electric Build Centers are a select group of distribution partners trained to help meet the demanding pumping challenges of contractors in these applications. A comprehensive training program equips distributors with the expertise to be a solution provider that can build customized pumps specific to the contractor’s performance requirements.

  • Quick Turnaround – Flexibility to design and build to specific order requirements within the same day
  • Built For The Job – Submersible pumps designed and built for specific job requirements
  • Sizing Software – Utilize the Franklin Electric web-based tools for simplified sizing, quoting, and product identification
  • Pricing Leveraging Capability – Custom Build Centers allow for better inventory management for specific needs resulting in a better cost solution
  • Fully Supported – Comes fully supported by the industry’s leading Technical Support professionals and Field Service Engineers
  • Program Flexibility – Partner with the distributor with the potential to offer Build Center capability for both stainless steel and cast iron products

To find your local Certified Franklin Electric Build Center, or for more information, contact your local Franklin Electric Sales Representative.

Your New Pressure Boosting Packaged Solution

12/04/2019

FVJ05CI SWC 15FMH0753 Product GroupingFranklin Electric’s Inline Control Packages feature the 1/2 hp and 3/4 hp VersaJet Shallow Well Jet Pump or the 1/2 hp, 15 gpm MH Series Multi-Stage Booster Pump paired with the SWC model Inline Control. These packages provide simple, low-cost pressure boosting solutions that do not require a large bladder tank and pressure switch.

Without these additional parts, each system has a smaller overall footprint, making them ideal for installation in tight spaces and for replacement applications. The pump and control are suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications. Each system has an automatic restart feature, eliminating the need to manually restart the pump. The built-in control also allows the pump to start on demand, meaning the pump will automatically respond and deliver when water is needed.

Product Features

  • Simple Installation: Packages come complete without the need for on-site wiring – just plug and play
  • Pressure Boosting: Boosts water pressure with consistent output and no maintenance
  • Simplified Inventory: Convenient, preassembled packages reduce the total number of SKUs
  • Reduced Footprint: Eliminates the need for a pressure switch and, in most instances, a pressure tank
  • Pump Protection: The control provides run-dry protection to the pump and an auto-run feature to keep the system free of debris and clogs if idle for more than 24 hours
  • Fully Supported: Comes fully supported by the industry’s leading Technical Support professionals and Field Service Engineers

Specifically built for water pumping applications, the Inline Control Packages are comprised of two proven products that have been combined, optimized, and engineered to work together by Franklin Electric – a trusted pump manufacturer with more than 75 years of industry expertise.

Sign Up for FranklinTECH Online Now!

12/03/2019

FranklinTECH Online is now live! As an extension of FranklinTECH and Franklin Electric's large portfolio of support options, FranklinTECH Online is a convenient resource that delivers basic and advanced training and education on product installation, programming, and industry best practices.

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That's it. Enroll. Complete the course. And you're entered for a chance to win!

 

Coming Soon - Updates To DOE Efficiency Standards

11/04/2019

Effective January 27, 2020, the Department of Energy (DOE) will require all commercial, industrial, and groundwater pumps operating within a specified horsepower to meet new energy conservation standards. We are happy to advise that Franklin Electric has invested heavily in developing new, updated pumps with significantly improved efficiency and performance. These products will become available in the coming months. Look for product releases and new, updated catalogs with these details. As projects are completed, you will see a Pump Efficiency Index (PEI) listed on pump nameplates, reflecting their compliance with DOE standards.

As a quick overview, the DOE Pump Efficiency Index affects pumps with performance characteristics or specifications within the following ranges:

  • 1 to 200 horsepower (HP) with shaft power at the best efficiency point (BEP), at full impeller diameter for the number of stages required for testing to the standard

  • 25 gallons per minute (gpm) and greater (at BEP and full impeller diameter)

  • 459 feet of head maximum (at BEP at full impeller diameter and the number of stages specified for testing)

  • Design temperature range from 14 to 248°F

Following is the list of our pumps that were enhanced to meet the DOE efficiency requirements.

DOE Groundwater Products

To better understand these requirements, including why they were put into place, how they may impact you and your customers, and which specific pump types are affected, check out these helpful articles from Pumps & Systems and Flow Control Network.

What You Should Know About DOE Pump Regulations

2020 Pump Efficiency, DOE Requirements

Q&A: What To Know About The New DOE Pump Efficiency Rule

Franklin Electric Names New Director of Sales – Travis Bradley

10/24/2019

Franklin Electric welcomes Travis Bradley as the new Director of Sales for the groundwater segment of its North America Water Systems Business Unit for the United States. Travis Bradley 02

Travis has more than 16 years of sales experience, including the last 11 years with ITT Inc. and Xylem Inc. in various sales roles, including Territory Manager, Market Development Manager, and most recently Western Regional Manager. During this time, he had visibility to the wide range of pumping application challenges customers face on a regular basis and has proven himself successful at discovering ways to use this understanding to improve their business. His background, experience, and dedication to customers make him an ideal fit for the continued commitment we have here at Franklin to supporting our distributors, their customers, and the water systems industry.

“Travis will develop and manage various customer-driven sales strategies through his team of world-class field sales and service experts, focusing on the value that Franklin Electric’s innovative products, services, and support offering bring to our customers and their businesses,” states Ryan Johnson, Vice President, Sales – US/Canada.

Travis will be located in Denver, Colorado, with his family and can be reached at travis.bradley@fele.com.

Optimization Updates for Franklin Electric Control Boxes

10/23/2019

Control BoxIn order to properly optimize all control box components, so they provide the best possible starting torque and reliability, Franklin Electric has reviewed the start capacitance required for 5-15 horsepower (HP) single-phase motors. We found that combining start capacitors provides the correct amount of current required to start the motor without reducing torque or increasing temperature rise. These changes add value to the water system by extending both motor and control box relay life, while maintaining proper starting torque and reducing the total number of capacitors required for replacement parts from four to three.

These updates have been implemented into production for all new control boxes. All inventory dating back one year from this announcement contains the optimized design. This information will be seen in the next revision of the Franklin Electric AIM Manual and is currently reflected in the wiring diagram located inside each control box.

See the full list of updates in the table below.

Control Box Table

 

Permanent Magnet Technology Offers Efficient Alternative

09/16/2019

PS Motor ArticlePumps & Systems magazine recently featured an article from Franklin Electric Senior Portfolio Manager, Jeff Frank. With permanent magnet motor technology, you now have a high-efficiency alternative to both vertical line shaft turbine systems (VLSTs) and submersible induction motor systems. Here’s a sneak peek into the article…

"In the past, VLSTs were thought by some to be more efficient than submersible motor systems and even outperformed them in some cases. However, with the permanent magnet motor technology, the playing field has changed, and an advanced solution now offers its own set of advantages.”

Read the full story.

Same Look. Same Installation. New Technology.

It’s all about efficiency. The MagForce™ High Efficiency Motor System offers a 90% motor efficiency rating, which is up to 12% higher than traditional submersible motor designs. With permanent magnet technology, you can now offer an investment payback of less than 2 years in most long- or continuous run applications*.

*Results based on field trial data.