Aug 27, 2007

Hydraulic Institute Teams Up to Offer Mechanical Seal and Pumping Systems Optimization Courses

The Hydraulic Institute (HI) will co-sponsor a one-day course with the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) entitled, “Fundamentals of Mechanical Seals – Basics.” This course is will be held on October 2, 2007 at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield, in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

The course is designed to give the attendee the necessary information to select and apply mechanical seals in various applications. The course will focus on the effects of equipment types and pump operation on the performance of seals, including the selection and performance of piping plans and support systems. Attendees will also be introduced to failure analysis techniques and life cycle costing implications.

All students will receive a copy of HI’s “Mechanical Seals for Pumps: Application Guidelines” – a $195 value – by attending this course. The 300-page reference book provides readers with useful and current pump mechanical seal knowledge. “Mechanical Seals for Pumps: Application Guidelines” includes descriptions and explanations, tables, and photographs that rotating equipment OEMs, EPC professionals, plant engineers, and maintenance and reliability specialists need to ensure system reliability and increase Mean Time Between Repairs (MTBR).

Registration for “Fundamentals of Mechanical Seals – Basics” is now open and forms are available on the Hydraulic Institute website. For more information on registration, visit


In a joint venture with the Pump Systems Matter™ (PSM) educational initiative, the Hydraulic Institute (HI) will also be presenting a one-day course entitled, “Pumping System Optimization: Opportunities to Improve Life Cycle Performance.” This course is co-sponsored by Wisconsin Focus on Energy and will be held on October 2, 2007 at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield, in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

“Pumping System Optimization” is a course for design engineers, facility managers, and engineering, operations and maintenance personnel that are involved with the design, selection, installation, maintenance, operation, and optimization of pumping systems. The class is intended to help pump professionals better understand how optimizing existing and new pumping systems can improve product quality and increase profitability.

“Pumping System Optimization” requires a basic knowledge of pumping systems and fluid dynamics. A method of assessing pumping systems that is being used successfully in designing pumping systems for process plants and identifying opportunities to reduce process variability, improve equipment reliability, and reduce operating costs, will be presented. Currently available pump system modeling tools will be discussed, including the Pump System Improvement Modeling Tool (PSIM). PSIM operates by allowing users to build models of pumping systems. The software then uses input from various fields to simulate a wide range of system behavior. The PSIM tool is freely available for download at the Pump Systems Matter website,

A copy of “HI Pump Life Cycle Costs: A Guide to LCC Analysis for Pumping Systems,” the industry’s most complete and up-to-date LCC guide for pumping systems, is included with the course and will be provided to each student on the day of the course. For information on how to register for “Pumping System Optimization: Opportunities to Improve Life Cycle Performance,” visit the Pump Systems Matter website at