News: Frankly Speaking

Fhoton Portfolio Expansion: Now Includes SolarPAKs Ranging From ½ hp Up To 10 hp, Surface Pumping Options


The Fhoton™ SolarPAK System features a Franklin Electric submersible pump and motor, and the Fhoton solar controller, in one package to provide water free of electrical utility dependence to remote or “off-grid” locations or for homeowners that want to conserve energy. It is cULus and UL approved and available in a variety of flow
rates from two to 375 gpm and power ratings of ½ up to 10 hp.

To meet a wide range of pumping applications, the Fhoton SolarPAK is now available for cost-effective systems operating on only two solar panels through large-scale watering systems using thousands of gallons per day. Fhoton Product Family Grouping 2019 Enhancements

½ hp Fhoton SolarPAKs 

  • Operates using 48 volts, therefore minimizing the number of panels required to run the system
  • Produces flow ranges from two to 20 gallons per minute

5-10 hp Fhoton SolarPAKs

  • High-flow system for faster tank-fill and significant water output
  • Produces flow ranges from 10 to 375 gallons per minute

Fhoton Surface SolarPAKs

  • Designed for pressure boosting and water transfer needs

Please refer to the new Solar Products Catalog for a comprehensive listing of all solar pumping products including SubDrive Solar and Fhoton brands.

Panel Updates
Franklin Electric has partnered with new solar panel vendors to enable competitive array pricing and availability. Please refer to the updated Solar Panel Spec Sheet for job specific and bulk array ordering information.

System Sizing: FE Select™
To size a system for your specific application, visit the FE Select™ Solar Selector. The FE Select digital pump selector software tool makes product selection, configuration, and quoting easy for contractors and distributors. This online tool walks the user through the process from start to finish, requiring only the basic application data needed to size many water systems. The software properly matches the components necessary for the desired application.

Order Placement: FE Direct™
Additionally, the new Fhoton SolarPAKs offer three-day lead times, and in many cases will be available for same day shipments to better cover time sensitive jobs. These products are available for order and can be found using the FE Direct platform.

If you have questions concerning the Fhoton portfolio expansion, please contact your local Territory Manager, Field Service Engineer, or the Franklin Electric Technical Support Team at 800.348.2420.

Success Story: “Franklin Motors Are All We Carry”


Geoff Cantrell recently shared a perfectly working 1976 Franklin Electric Motor pulled out of a well to show the value we’ve brought to his business. Here’s what he had to say about it…

“We pulled this motor and it was still in great working condition! The 1/3 horsepower,1976 Motor Picture 1976 Franklin motor has been providing water to a residential house in Gravette, Arkansas, with a family of four for years. The motor came from a shallow well that ran in a harsh, high-concentrated sulfur application. The only reason I pulled it was to measure the well’s depth so we can properly plan for its replacement well that we will be digging in the future. Of course, I plan to put another Franklin motor in that well. I know when I use a Franklin motor, I can count on it for years to come. We go to FranklinTECH every year in Oklahoma to see what products Franklin has to offer. We get to see the build process of these products, and I feel like they offer more than what others do. Franklin always has a hot product line, and you don’t really get the service they have to offer anywhere else. For those reasons, Franklin motors are all we carry. When a new well is drilled, Franklin is what we put in it. I am 100 percent certain that I am not going to have any issues with their motors. When we put in a Franklin motor, we know it is going to last.”

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1977 Control Box In "...In Perfectly Working Condition..."

Shortly after providing the above motor photo, Geoff also passed along another gem that he stumbled upon...

“The capacitor and relay check out like a new one should! This 1977 1/3 horsepower Franklin Control Box was recently pulled in Rogers, Arkansas, in perfectly working condition, providing valuable use to your typical residential family of four or five. The Franklin Electric control box was replaced with a new Franklin box when the pump and motor was replaced so it would all be new and ready to provide water for years to come.”

--- Geoff Cantrell, Tiff City Pump, in Anderson, Missouri

New VP Of Sales – Ryan Johnson


Franklin Electric proudly introduces Ryan Johnson as the new Vice President, Sales-US/Canada for the North America Water Systems Business Unit. Ryan will manage all aspects of sales activities for the US and Canada Markets.Franklin Electric Ryan Johnson

With over 20 years of experience with Regal Beloit and General Electric, Ryan possess a diverse background with expertise in Six Sigma, Operations, and in every aspect of the sales process, from direct field sales to sales management leadership.

“Ryan brings a proven track record of building strategies and sales teams focused on providing its customers with clear, differentiating value,” states Don Kenney, President, North America Water Systems and Vice President of Franklin Electric. “He is an operationally driven customer advocate that brings a fresh perspective being previously outside of the company. He has Midwest values, and understands the importance of building and managing fair and mutually beneficial partnerships. I have no doubt that Ryan brings the innovative outlook needed to support our progressing efforts as an organization.”

Success Story: "I Will Definitely Choose Franklin Electric Any Chance I Get"


Picture Of 1977 Motor Dave Konkle Dave Konkle, a homeowner from Fort Wayne, Indiana, recently shared a Franklin Electric motor from 1977 with us to show the value it brought to not only his family, but the families before his. Here’s what he had to say about it…

“I was honestly impressed to know that since 1978, when our home was completed, that this motor has been 80 feet underground working daily for this 4500 square-foot house serving a family of 5. This recently pulled 1977 motor was pumping water with some of the highest iron content in northern Indiana. Not too many things I see now of days will last like this did. With witnessing this great marvel, I will definitely choose Franklin Electric any chance I get in the future.”

--- Dave Konkle, Homeowner, Fort Wayne, IN

Celebrating 75 Years of Moving Forward


75 Years Social Media Graphic RectangleA lot has changed at Franklin Electric since E.J. (Ed) Schaefer and T.W. (Wayne) Kehoe founded the company in 1944 in Bluffton, Indiana. Since then, we have grown from a small motor manufacturing company into a leading global provider of systems and components for moving water and fuel. What hasn’t changed are the core values we all share. We remain focused on our customers and dedicated to delivering on our Key Factors for Success. 2019 will be a celebration of all we’ve accomplished in many places and for many customers around the world.

Named after Benjamin Franklin, a pioneer in electrical engineering, Franklin Electric’s core is the world’s first reliable submersible electric motor for water systems, which has remained a staple of the water well industry. 75 years later, we continue to manufacture and distribute improved versions of this unrivaled motor design all around the world, and have expanded our expertise to create innovative solutions, including pumps, electronics, and adjacent products, addressing modern industry challenges and serving our customers’ needs. Whether you need to boost your water pressure, supply water to your household, water your garden, irrigate your crops, or tend your livestock, Franklin Electric has the right pumping system for the job.

“We would like to recognize and thank all of our employees, customers, partners, and investors that have played a role in helping shape Franklin Electric into the company it is today. As we reflect on our past during this milestone, we find ourselves even more focused on our vision of being an indispensable partner to our customers,” states Gregg Sengstack, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

For more information about Franklin Electric products, click here.

New Videos: 3 Groundwater Week 2018 Hot Industry Topics


Straight from the show floor! While at Groundwater Week 2018, Franklin Electric product expert Jeff Frank discussed Gww Jeff Frankvarious innovations and other hot topics of industry interest. Click the links below to view his three short videos:

Success Story: “It Was Exactly What I Needed and What He Needed”


Mark Wylie recently shared a Franklin Electric FhotonTM SolarPAK installation with us to show the value we’ve brought to his business. Here’s what he had to say about it…

“It was pretty simple; everything came in one package and it was exactly what I needed and what he [the homeowner] needed. The homeowner had no power at his well and needed irrigation to one full acre. I looked at some literatureSolar Install Picture2 and YouTube and saw that the Fhoton SolarPAK was straightforward, just like everything else I purchase from Franklin Electric. With the help of FranklinTECH support team experts Tom Mitchell and Ryan Horner, as well as Dave Robbins from Premier Pump, I was able to do what I needed to do to get the job done. The homeowner is now getting 65 psi out of the system and the entire acre is getting the water it needs to produce abundant grapes and vegetables in preparation for next year. Your team really helped this go smoothly. We have been in business since 1957 and this was the first install with this product for myself as well as the homeowner. After going through the process, I got a good feel for it and will definitely consider it for future jobs. In fact, if I ever go off-grid, this is the system that I would use myself. Being an industry veteran and Certified Key Dealer, we are very dedicated to Franklin Electric. With their reliable products and technical support, it made using the Fhoton SolarPAK an easy choice.”

--- Mark Wylie, Mark’s Wells and Pumps Inc., in Sudbury, Massachusetts

In Case You Missed It: Groundwater Week 2018 Post-Show Photo Gallery


The groundwater industry’s signature event returned to Las Vegas, Nevada, this year with great attendee participation. With incredible educational sessions, enthusiastic attendees, and impressive exhibits, this is the place to be if you’re in the business.

Weren’t able to attend the show this year? No problem. Click here to see the show from our point of view.

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Product Line Expansion: VR Series Hydraulic Reconfiguration


The Franklin Electric VR Series Vertical Multi-Stage Pumps are now available in both 3500 rpm (2-pole) and new 1750 rpm (4-pole) electric motor-driven configurations. High-speed models provide performances of five to 500 gpm, while low-speed models provide a flow range of 2.5 to 250 gpm and support lower NPSH requirements. To support this product line expansion, a new, comprehensive VR Series Catalog is available for download.

Additionally, all the VR Series hydraulics are available for online sizing at FE Select, where you can select a pump end based on performance needs and then select the type of motor and control needed to complete the quotation and submittal package.


  • All 316 stainless steel wetted components for superior durability, efficiency, and performance over a wide variety of applicationsVR Series
  • Rugged NEMA motor mounting with oversized thrust bearing ensures long operating life in the toughest of jobs and enables the use of stock motors (high-thrust motors not required) which are available in a wide variety of ratings and enclosures
  • Silicon carbide/graphite/EPDM/stainless steel mechanical seal for superior sealing is standard; five optional seal types available
  • Removable stainless steel seal plate with jack screw taps provided for ease of service
  • In-line suction and discharge connections with round ANSI flanges fit widest range of applications and provide convenient, compact installation with a small footprint; optional oval flange and grooved connections available

For more information about the VR Series, click here.

Success Story: "...Why We Trust Franklin Electric's Quality"


Phil Harris recently shared a Franklin Electric motor from 1958 with us to show the value it has brought to a residental home. Here's what he had to say about it...

“Recently pulled this motor installed in 1958, and we are just now replacing it. It supplied water to a residential home, hanging 63 feet on 1-inch galvanized drop pipe. It was a heavy one to pull out, but a great example of why we trust Franklin Electric’s quality.”

--- Phil Harris, MC Wheeler & Sons, Inc., Indiana

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