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Groundwater Week 2020's Show Agenda: Connect, Learn and Make a Difference


We may be physically apart this year, but Groundwater Week 2020 is shaping up to be an event that connects us in new and smarter ways – with virtual experiences designed to help you gain valuable insight regarding the future of the industry. You can explore products, technologies, and services in a virtual exhibit hall on your time and from the comfort of your home on a personal computer, phone or tablet.

Get up to date on the latest product launches and education online tools with the following 30-min sessions:

  • Simple. Powerful. Introducing SubDrive Connect Plus. Thursday, December 10th @ 3:00 - 3:30 PM (EST) presented by Darol Hayse, South Central Regional Manager
  • Streamline Your Water Systems Setup with Cerus X-Drive. Friday, December 11th @ 10:00 - 10:30 AM (EST) presented by Ryan Lauw, Senior Global Product Manager for Large Drives, Controls, and Protections
  • A Chat with NGWA's CEO: Industry Insights into 2021. Friday, December 11th @ 12:15 PM (EST), a discussion panel with Terry Morse, Jim Hartmann, Travis Bradley and Rachel Batdorff

Earn up to 4 hours of CEU Credits with our Educational Workshops:

  • Select the Right Pump for your Job: Vertical Lineshaft & Submersible Turbines. Tuesday, Dec. 8th @ 12:00 - 1:00 PM (EST) presented by Shane Wright, Commercial Business Manager
  • Hey Hey PFAs Go Away! – The Forever Chemical That’s Finite. Tuesday, Dec. 8th @ 1:15 - 2:15 PM (EST) presented by Stephen Hamilton, Director of Sales
  • Smarter and Faster – Tools to Manage your Day-to-Day Operations. Tuesday, Dec. 8th @ 4:45 - 5:45 PM (EST) presented by McLean Karr, Manager, Business Strategy & Development and Matt Hendrickson, Senior Director, Global IT Applications
  • Things You Didn’t Know You Could do with a Variable Frequency Drive. Wednesday, Dec. 9th @ 3:30 - 4:30 PM (EST) presented by Tony Eisinger, Senior Field Service Engineer

Download here our Show Agenda for a summary of our featured events to connect and learn with our experts.

Visit Us at Virtual Groundwater Week 2020


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 We may be physically apart this year, but Groundwater Week 2020 is shaping up to be an event that connects us in new and smarter ways – with virtual experiences designed to help you gain valuable insight regarding the future of the industry. You can explore products, technologies, and services in a virtual exhibit hall on your time and from the comfort of your home on a personal computer, phone or tablet.

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Franklin Electric’s virtual booth will be ready for you December 8 to 11, with opportunities to connect, learn and make a difference:


  • Chat with our experts or drill down into our virtual environments to find out how our expanded solutions can help you nurture your business.
  • Don't miss Franklin Electric's fun and lively virtual trivia event Friday, December 11 from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. (EST). Play and you could win one of several prizes, including an Apple Watch 5 Series, HomePod or AirPods (subject to official rules). By engaging in activities throughout the week you can also climb the event's leaderboard and win Franklin Electric swag!
  • Get up to date on the latest training and education online tools with a 30-minute virtual session where National Groundwater Association's (NGWA) CEO, Terry Morse, shares his insights.

Learn about industry advances by virtually attending a variety of informational and educational sessions.

  • Earn up to 4 hours of CEU credits with Franklin Electric’s educational workshops: drives, vertical lineshaft turbines, water treatment and a twist of business management.
  • New product demos take you through the latest solutions for your business. Join us on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. (EST) to learn about SubDrive Connect Plus and Friday, December 11 from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. (EST) to discover how Cerus X-Drive can help streamline your water systems setup.

Make a Difference. As a thank you, Franklin Electric will make a financial contribution to the National Groundwater Association (NGWA) for every water well professional that visits our booth.

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Seven Tips to Minimize Variable Frequency Drive Callbacks


VFD Article (2)Wouldn’t it be nice if you could eliminate or reduce callbacks on your water system installations? A big benefit of variable frequency drives (VFDs) – at least where water system professionals are concerned – is how they offer an array of monitoring and troubleshooting solutions. That’s why installing VFDs correctly is so important.

Franklin Electric product manager Terry Smith advises, “It’s the attention to detail that makes a difference when installing VFDs.” He gave Water Well Journal his advice for getting the most out a VFD install, weighing in on the Top Seven Tips to minimize VFD callbacks.

  1. Read the manual before you start: especially the safety tips
  2. Select the right drive for the application
  3. Avoid electronic interference with proper ground connections
  4. Choose the right wiring size for input & output
  5. Make sure the motor rotation is correct
  6. Use the right pressure sensor
  7. Set the overload

Check out the full article here to read more detail about these tips.

Simple. Powerful. Introducing SubDrive Connect Plus


Offering unparalleled ease-of-use, Franklin Electric’s SubDrive Connect Plus™ Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) is engineered to provide a full-featured constant pressure solution for water pumping systems in an array of submersible and above ground applications that utilize three-phase motors up to 30 horsepower (hp).SubDrive Connect Plus Image

Optimized and trusted for water systems, SubDrive Connect Plus is designed by a pump manufacturer to include distinct features such as soft-start, pump protection, built-in lead/lag and alternation capacity up to 8 drives, dual set point, pipe fill mode to reduce water hammer, and phase conversion for applications with 230V single-phase input power.

Its intuitive platform helps water professionals save time during installation and servicing using an array of setup, monitoring, and troubleshooting solutions, including an LCD graphic display, single-level menu, and assisted setup through the smartphone companion app. As a self-contained NEMA 3R rated solution, it is compact and ideal for indoor and outdoor installations while also providing a cost-effective solution when compared to high-horsepower systems that use starters or VFD panel packages.

To learn more, visit our product page or contact your Franklin Electric representative.

Full-Featured for Your Application: Cerus X-Drive VFD


X-Drive _CP2000_Family _Mockup (1)Whether you install 100 drives a year or 10, you want to be up and running as quickly as possible. Franklin Electric’s new Cerus® X-Drive Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) is designed for intuitive and streamlined programming so users can get to full operational capabilities in less time – no matter what the application or market. Plus, the Cerus X-Drive has the ability to handle variable torque applications up to 700 horsepower, for more power when you need it; and energy-savings when you don’t.

Key Product Features Include:

The right controller and firmware for various applications

The Cerus X-Drive VFD is loaded with application-specific firmware with enhanced settings that control and protect motors for the most demanding applications in municipal, mining, agricultural and commercial markets.

Easy programming; reduced learning curve

Get up and running in minutes, not hours, thanks to a large, easy-to-read display that allows you to navigate all of the drive’s main parameters without scrolling through multiple screens. Factory presets offer programming options that work in many applications, meeting industry standards for submersible and centrifugal pumps.

More power and control; smaller footprint

The 1/6 to 700-horsepower drive is more compact than similar drives in its class. The pre- and dual-PID control provides constant pressure and enhanced modes with external or cascade control options.

Reduced energy costs

By running the motor to meet the demand of your application, the Cerus X-Drive can reduce energy costs by up to 50%. Plus, the variable motor speed allows for soft start, protecting the life of the system and offering long-term savings.

Designed around your needs

Available in multiple packaged configurations, including submersible and centrifugal pumps, these panels are built to last, with every detail and component centered around your requirements.

Groundwater Foundation and Franklin Electric Announce 2020 Recipients of Len Assante Scholarship


Scholarship developed to nurture and support those who wish to pursue and advance careers in the groundwater industry

The Groundwater Foundation and Franklin Electric have announced the 2020 recipients of the Len Assante Scholarship. The Len Assante Scholarship Program, which is proudly sponsored by Franklin Electric, is awarded to individuals who are pursuing educational opportunities to advance careers in the groundwater industry.

Applicant must be enrolled in a program offering formalized instruction in water well systems and/or water well drilling, construction, and service.

The 2020 recipients of the Len Assante Scholarship will be Sky Blailcock, Jake Cobb, Bradley Mason, Lawarren Pickens, and Drew Smith. Each student is currently enrolled in their second year at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit County, Mississippi.

“[The program] Well Construction Tech most appealed to me as I sought to obtain practical skills that could help benefit others and better support my family”, said Mr. Blaicock. “Eventually, I hope to work overseas and use all the knowledge gained.”

Franklin Electric has long supported educational opportunities for those interested in pursuing a profession in the groundwater industry.

“With the Groundwater Foundation, we [Franklin Electric] are pleased to support the education of highly-experienced water well professionals and incoming talent. We believe it is vital for the industry's future to encourage and facilitate knowledge and are inspired by the unique skills and passion demonstrated daily. Whether in the field or virtually, we’re proud to be your partners for professional growth and helping you solve new challenges”, said Ryan Johnson, Vice President, US/Canada Water Systems.

Getting Ready for the Winter? Make Sure Pumps Are Ready Too.


Before cold weather hits, outdoor water system pumps require special care and maintenance. Referred to as winterization, this routine service is critical for pumps used in fountains, ponds, aerators and pools. Just as critical is having the service performed by a licensed or registered contractor. Franklin Electric pumps are built and designed to be installed according to local codes and regulations, so it’s important to find a licensed contractor who can partner with you to deliver scheduled maintenance on your equipment. Their expertise includes knowing how handle this equipment in a way that reduces the risk of shock, injury, property damage and equipment failure. 

Why winterize?

You probably know that water pipes can freeze. That frozen water expands, leading to damaging (and often costly) cracks and breaks in pipes. In pumps, a similar phenomenon occurs: even pumps that are drained of water require extra care to make sure trapped water doesn’t ruin the unit.

Is winterization always necessary?

If your pump is used in a deep well – and is installed well below the freeze line – you typically don’t have to worry about freezing. However, in a fountain or pond, this isn’t the case. These shallow applications mean freezing is likely -- and that applies to regions throughout the U.S.: from northern climates to temperate cities. While you expect freezing temps in a city like Chicago – even a Southern city like Atlanta can experience dozens of days of freezing temperatures in January and February, leading to damage. Ice is incredibly powerful; even a small amount can cause the heavy casting of a pump to break.

What does it mean to winterize a pump?

Your licensed contractor will winterize your pump in a way that makes the most sense for your property. In some cases, pumps can be disconnected and lowered below the freeze line. In other situations – like shallow ponds and fountains – the pump will need to be removed and drained. Your contractor will locate the pump’s drain plugs and empty out most of the water. However, pumps typically have intricate internal designs with numerous crevices. To assure a pump is fully winterized, your contractor will utilize a special non-toxic antifreeze: what’s known as Propylene Glycol. Propylene. It’s vital that car or RV antifreeze never be used to winterize water pumps. Car antifreeze (Ethylene Glycol) is highly poisonous; RV antifreeze may have additives that are also toxic. In both cases, you never want to introduce these types of chemicals into a water system.

Visit /more/homeowners/find-a-water-well-professional/ to find a water well professional who can partner with you. Want to learn more? Watch this video on Pump Winterization.

Enhanced SubDrive20 Connect: Same Great Features, Now in a Smaller Footprint


Sub Drive Connect Drive (1)Here at Franklin, we’re committed to continuous innovation. That’s why we are updating our SubDrive20 Connect model variable frequency drive (VFD). Enjoy the same ratings and capabilities that you’re used to, now in a smaller footprint.

Leveraging the smaller enclosure design used in the SubDrive15 Connect, the enhanced SubDrive20 Connect continues to offer a reliable VFD solution for single-phase, 3-wire and 3-phase constant pressure applications up to 2 HP. 

To easily identify the new design, the order number will be updated slightly. As we transition to the enhanced design, existing orders will be fulfilled with the new model number. 

Sub Drive 20 Connect Update

World-Class Pressure Boosting for State-of-the-Art Buildings


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Espresso, anyone? Adding employee-centric amenities - like a full-scale beverage station - to a workplace often means adding water pressure. Learn how Franklin Electric's Inline 1100 SpecPAK™ gave a tentat in New York's World Trade Center a turnkey solution: one that's compact, quiet, cost-effective and scalable.

Read our latest case study by clicking here

Earn Your CEU Credits Through FranklinTECH Online & Support FGWA & GAGwP


Franklintech Online MockupWe are excited to join the Florida Groundwater Association (FGWA) and the Georgia Association of Groundwater Professionals (GAGwP) in hosting online continuing education classes. Register today for an accredited course or webinar with FranklinTECH Online while supporting your local association.

Earning credits is easy.

  1. Go to
  2. Sign up or log in
  3. Search for accredited courses and webinar by title:
    • Residential Submersible Systems e-Certification (4 credits)
    • WEBINAR: Diagnosing Motors & Controls with Meters – Oct. 15 @ 9 AM EDT (1 credit)
    • WEBINAR: SubDrive Utility Installation, Setup, & Diagnosis – Oct. 22 @ 9 AM EDT (1 credit)
  4. Enroll, complete, and attend your selections
  5. *Email to request a certificate of completion to submit to your state association

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*To request a certificate of completion, please include your user name, course/webinar name, license number, and state licensed.