Mar 16, 2011

KSB Plans Exhibit at Wasser Berlin International

"Fluid Future" campaign will demonstrate potential pump energy savings

At the Wasser Berlin International trade fair held from May 2 to 5 this year, pump and valve manufacturer KSB’s central topic will be the improvement of the energy efficiency of pump systems. With its “Fluid Future” campaign, KSB hopes to show the savings potential hidden in hydraulic systems.

Taking water transport and the respective well measurements as an example, KSB Frankenthal specialists will demonstrate how such potential can be uncovered. Huge potential for energy savings can often be identified when measuring the actual flow rate, head and power input of an installed well pump and comparing these values with the original design data.

To date, KSB’s specialists have carried out more than 4,000 measurements. They have ascertained that one-third of all submersible borehole pumps operate uneconomically and with much higher energy consumption than necessary. For owners/operators, high operating costs are the logical consequence.

As early as the planning and construction phase of a pump system, engineering contractors and consultants can keep energy consumption of the new installation low by matching the hydraulic components and the drive to the operating conditions.

The new pump monitoring unit PumpMeter also will be showcased at Wasser Berlin International. The product comprises pressure sensors and an analyzing and display unit fitted to the pump. It measures suction pressure, discharge pressure, differential pressure and head. A typical pump curve illustrates in which range the pump is operating at a particular point of time. This means that the pump user can see at a glance if the pump is operating in an efficient and cost-saving manner.

The German pumps and valves manufacturer will exhibit several models from its range of valves for water applications; among them are the Hera BD knife gate valve with bi-directional seal. It is available from DN 50 to DN 1200. Depending on the nominal diameter, it can withstand up to 10 bar operating pressure.