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

10/05/2020

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

10/02/2020

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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

10/01/2020

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 FranklinTECHOnline.com
  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 FranklinTECH@fele.com 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.

Ensuring Quality: Select 4-Inch, 5 HP Motors Removed From Fast Track Warranty Processing

09/28/2020

Quality and innovation are non-stop commitments we’ve made with you. As a continuous effort to better understand your challenges while servicing products in the field, the following selection of 4-Inch, 5 HP Motors will be temporarily removed from Fast Track Warranty processing.

4 Inch 5 HP Motors Removed From Fast Track

Starting October 5, 2020, and until further notice, these models will be requested for return to conduct a quality review. This process will allow for potential enhancement opportunities to further improve product reliability. *Customers will automatically receive warranty credits when motors are received at our facility in Wilburton, Oklahoma, with accompanying RMA paperwork.

Franklin Electric
1301 Stovall Road
Wilburton, OK 74578

*Warranty credit will be issued based on the date code/serial number and Key Dealer status of the initiating pump contractor.

Click here to view Franklin Electric’s Warranty Policies

Franklin Electric's Vertical Lineshaft Turbine Pump Delivers a Fast Solution to a Major Issue

09/24/2020

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When Cross Creek Golf Club in Decatur, Indiana began experiencing irrigation issues, they assumed a recent lightning storm was the culprit. While lightning did knock out one of their motors, the course discovered a bigger issue: one of their inline turbine pumps was broken beyond repair.

Irrigation is serious business at Cross Creek, especially in the middle of one of the hottest and driest summers on record. A non-working system, as Brandon Razo, Superintendent at Cross Creek Golf Club, explained it, can quickly add up to hard and brittle playing surfaces and disappointed customers – not to mention the resulting costs in lost revenue and greens repairs. Fixing the equipment – without experiencing extended lead times – was essential to keep the golf course playable.

Cross Creek Golf Course worked with North American Pump Company to spec and install Franklin Electric’s Vertical Lineshaft Turbine Pump. Not only was the pump able to be on-site for the customer within days, it was also the right one for the job. With 27 holes across the 140-acre course, Cross Creek requires strong pumping power, and the turbine pump delivered. Razo noticed immediately how efficiently the vertical line shaft was, delivering consistent pressure across all irrigation heads. He could also run the entire sprinkler program overnight for more effective irrigation that also eliminated any daytime inconvenience for golfers.

To learn more about the pumping power of Franklin Electric’s Vertical Lineshaft Turbine and other products that can handle the toughest applications, visit https://go.franklinwater.com/fps-extended or download our latest brochure here.

Get the Best Performance Out of Your Irrigation System

09/22/2020

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Author: Matt Moore, Senior Field Service Engineer for Franklin Electric

Anyone that works in irrigation knows: the greener and lusher the lawn, the better the property looks – and the better your business looks to prospective clients. If you can get a landscape, garden or lawn growing as beautiful and healthy as a golf course fairway or botanical garden: the green will speak for you.

But at what cost to the property owner? Conventional wisdom might tell you that the only way to get a property looking good is with water, water and more water. However, you don’t have to compromise either the health of the fields you serve, or the sustainable aspect of water usage to get highly professional results. That’s because more water isn’t the issue: better coverage is.

Today’s smart irrigation technologies not only adjust watering over time; they also harness the power of constant pressure to vary flow demand for lawn and garden irrigation zone requirements. They’re more precise, customizable and adaptable to different needs and situations.

How can you put this technology to work for you – and optimize a system’s performance? The answer is a constant pressure system.

Constant Pressure Systems Deliver Natural-Looking Results

Many conventional irrigation systems utilize a water well or pressure boosting system and a differential pressure switch (typically, at 30-50 PSI) to water a property. The result is often inconsistent surface-level watering, coverage gaps, increased watering time, runoff – and wasted water. That’s where constant pressure systems – which are designed to maintain a set pressure across the entire system – offer better performance. Whether driving an irrigation sprinkler, drip system or sprayer, the complete system is designed to perform efficiently across the board. Constant pressure systems deliver the right amount of water across a property and deeper watering without gaps to keep plants and lawns growing strong and looking healthy for years to come.

Constant Pressure Systems In Action

The installation of a constant pressure system, such as Franklin Electric’s SubDrive family of variable frequency drives, allows irrigation professionals to set the pressure to one setpoint at varying flow rates; just what you need to match irrigation demand that might change with the season, vegetation type or drought conditions. SubDrive systems use a pressure sensor to detect water pressure, send a signal to the variable frequency drive (VFD) and regulate the speed of the pump to meet the demand for water -- all while keeping pressure constant throughout the system using a set pressure.

The result is a constant pressure VFD solution that elevates your system’s performance and efficiency for optimum coverage. You get improved irrigation coverage that feeds plants and trees in the healthiest way possible.  

Constant Pressure Systems Deliver Water Savings

With constant pressure comes not only better coverage but additional benefits, like reduced water usage and the resulting cost savings. These systems optimize overall efficiency and performance in favor of reduced irrigation cycle times. Trees, lawns and plants get deeper watering – that’s not only healthier for plants, but also helps reduce surface-level evaporation that leads to increased water usage.

Constant Pressure Systems Come with Installation Benefits

While the performance and cost benefits are clear, professional installers also need equipment that’s simple to install and operate. And, from residential to agricultural and commercial applications, Franklin Electric’s SubDrive family of VFDs offer a cost-effective, easy-to-install upgrade from set pressure systems. They retrofit most irrigations systems easily with an outdoor-ready, uncomplicated control solution. Simply wire it up, flip a switch or two, and you instantly have a motor protection, pressure boosting, and constant pressure solution ranging from 1/3 hp up to 5 hp for submersible and above ground pumping systems.

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Learn more about the wide range of solutions offered for your application and enter to win a SubDrive Utility.

Franklin Electric’s SubDrive family of variable frequency drives (VFDs) are made by experts and backed by experts. This means they are manufactured specifically for water pumping applications by a pump manufacturer, incorporating Franklin Electric’s more than 15 years of drive engineering expertise into its design and comes fully supported by the industry’s leading Technical Support professionals and Field Service Engineers.

Meeting Essential Needs and Making a Difference during the Health Crisis

09/10/2020

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Our business delivers its true value when we can solve essential water needs and meet pumping requirements in a timely manner. This is especially true this year as the world experiences the global health crisis brought on by COVID-19. Access to clean water for drinking, cooking and hygiene has become more important than ever, and no more so than in underserved communities or areas of the world where water is truly a luxury. As a global leader focused on the movement and management of water systems, we take great pride in working alongside our partners to provide the products and support needed to improve the quality of life for people around the world. This year, several projects allowed us to further realize this mission, including two that we completed recently in Ecuador.

Timely Repairs in a Remote Region

When locals in the remote area of Recinto de la Boya in Buena Fe, Ecuador first realized their pumping system was no longer working, replacing the equipment in a timely manner became essential. Without it, critical COVID-19 infection-control measures -- such as washing hands properly – were not possible.  

To bring water systems back in action for this small but active area, Acero Comercial Ecuatoriano, one of our regional partners in South America, promptly completed an installation using one of our High Capacity Tri-Seal submersible pumps. Playing an essential role in the prevention and combat against the virus, Franklin Electric’s water system solutions helped our partners meet the requirements needed to quickly restore water supply for families in the community.

New Sanitation Protocols in a Major Urban Area

In a nearby region, essential businesses in the urban area of Quevedo joined the list of organizations striving to move forward and keep the country’s economy running while also doing their best to keep their employees safe and virus-free. To serve this purpose, early in the year, our partners introduced a new solution to their portfolio of water systems: fully assembled disinfectant tunnels and chambers designed to support the continuous operations of different essential businesses.

Behind these implementations, Franklin Electric’s Versajet pumps performed as the main driving force to execute sanitizing protocols. For the installation located in their crowded water association, where the population density exceeds 100,000 throughout the season, the tunnel’s water system demanded high pressure (above 60 psi) to properly nebulize the cleaning solution. By using jet pumps built for easy customization to meet varying needs, its nozzle replacement system provided our partners with the ideal solution to adjust their pumping system performance and meet high pressure or high flow demands.

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These are a few of the many stories that exemplify how our partners across the globe are responding to customer needs and making a difference every single day – even in uncertain, difficult times. It’s truly a moment to remind ourselves as members of the water industry about the remarkable privilege we have: being able to play a direct role in an essential industry that provides immediate access to such a vital human need as water.

Deliver More With Optimized Efficiency

09/10/2020

Serve your customers' water needs and deliver more by offering Franklin Electric's high-capacity pumping systems. The following solutions include our enhanced design for high-capacity flows (35-90 gallons per minute) in stainless steel construction pump models.

Constant Pressure QuickPAKs

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Our SubDrive QuickPAK all-in-one package is a popular system-solution for pumps, motors, and drives designed to simplify the installation of a constant pressure system.

  • Flow rate options from 5 GPM up to 90 GPM and drives up to 5 horsepower (HP)
  • Single-phase input power with three-phase motor performance
  • Includes easy-to-install drive, saving significant time during installation
  • Durable enclosures for added security – even in outdoor applications

 

Download Our Constant Pressure Catalog

Fhoton & SubDrive SolarPAK

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Franklin Electric’s SolarPAKs keep installers' needs and challenges in mind. By utilizing our fully proven standard portfolio of submersible pumps, these systems provide a simplified solution for applications ranging from 1/2 HP up to 10 HP. In addition, select models now include increased staging for higher performance at lower speeds.

Note: A flow switch is included in SolarPaks that require one.

 

Download Our Solar Products Catalog

E-Series Submersible Effluent Pumps

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Our submersible E-Series is ideal for filtered effluent service, aeration, and ornamental fountains and waterfalls, equipped with the power, performance, and reliability you expect from Franklin Electric.

  • Stainless steel or thermoplastic discharge and motor brackets are highly resistant to damage from minerals, metals, and other substances
  • Proven hydraulic staging allows close tolerances and increased performance
  • Powered by our legendary submersible motor

 

Download Our E-Series Brochure

 

Economical. Reliable. Compatible. Up to 300 Solutions in Hand

09/08/2020

 

Did you know when paired with our residential and light commercial pumps, Inline Controls allow you to offer your customers up to 300 possible configurations to boost their system's overall pressure with integrated run-dry protection?

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Specifically built for water pumping applications, Franklin Electric’s Inline Controls include five pump starting and control devices that pair with a variety of submersible or surface pumps up to 20 amps (or approximately three HP) to provide or boost the system’s overall water pressure – and in many cases – without the need of an additional bladder tank.

Features & Benefits

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  • Less Equipment: Eliminates the need for a bladder tank and pressure switch
  • Simplified Installation: Reduces time, labor and the need for heavy equipment in applications where a buried tank would have been used
  • Built-in Control: Allows pump to start automatically, on-demand
  • Automatic Restart Feature: Eliminates the need to manually activate the pump after a system fault
  • System Reliability: Built-in pump dry-run protection, check valve and anti-lock-up prevention
  • Fully Supported: Comes fully supported by the industry’s leading Technical Support Professionals and Field Service Engineers

Download Our Inline Controls Compatability Brochure

Franklin Motors Help a Submarine Maneuver 1,000 Meters Under the Sea

09/08/2020

When scientists wanted to study the crater of a dormant underwater volcano, 1,738 feet (530 meters) deep in the ocean, they called in the LULA1000 – a one-of-a-kind submersible vessel designed to carry three people up to 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) deep. Powering this unique submarine are five Franklin Electric 4" encapsulated motors, which serve as the main drive for the LULA1000’s dives and maneuvers in all axes.

The LULA1000 is at the heart of the work done by Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation (FRN), a non-for-profit organization for marine research based on the Island of Faial in the Azores/Portugal. FRN’s deep-sea mapping and research projects are utilized by scientists around the globe in an effort to learn more about the natural world.

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Franklin Electric motors have been on board the LULA1000 since it was launched in 2009. During construction, the submarine’s designers approached Franklin Electric with a request for a high-quality and reliable motor system that could drive the submarine’s positioning propellers. This was no small task: the LULA1000 not only dives to great depths for many hours at a time, it must also serve as a stable work platform for scientists and meet very strict European requirements for safe maritime operation. Franklin Electric engineers got to work developing a solution: minimally modified Franklin Electric 4" submersible motors.

Engineering the Right Motors for the Job

The five submersible Franklin Electric motors used on the LULA1000 are three horsepower each and drive a variety of highly specialized operations. A large diameter propeller serves as the sub’s main propulsion unit and allows it to accelerate and stop quickly. Small, directly driven propellers are used for the lateral and vertical drive. To power these, Franklin engineers modified the electrical winding design on Franklin motors to match the submarine on-board voltage; the rest of the motors’ mechanical design remained almost unchanged. Like all Franklin standard deep well motors, these units were 100% factory tested before being delivered to the building shipyard.

After more than 180 successful dives, these motors are now being replaced as part of a larger submarine overhaul. Franklin is once again working with the vessel’s engineers to develop the best solutions to help power the LULA1000 through another decade of critical research exploring the world’s oceans.

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