May 04, 2009

Ray Hardee, P.E.,
 Recognized by the Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter

CEO of Engineered Software recognized for his contributions to guidebook committee

Ray Hardee, P.E., CEO of Engineered Software, Inc., was recognized by the Hydraulic Institute for his contributions as a key member serving on the Hydraulic Institute/Pump Systems Matter “Optimizing Pumping Systems Guidebook” (OPS) Committee, which led to publication of the guide in 2008.

Hardee has contributed dozens of articles and papers to various magazines and standards publications and has recently published his own book, “Piping System Fundamentals.” His latest contributions to the new guide follow on his companywide practice of promoting efficiency in all aspects of energy use.

Based on the collaborative efforts of twenty-two industry experts, the guide explains how optimizing both existing and new pumping systems, and purchasing based on lifecycle cost, can lead to increased profitability through a reduction in unnecessary, expensive energy consumption and maintenance costs.

"Auditing and optimizing existing pumping systems can reduce plant energy costs as much as 50%," Hardee said. "The key is matching pumps properly to the system’s requirements, and changes such as these will typically improve reliability and offer savings on MTBR (mean time between repairs)."

The guide covers a range of topics including pump fundamentals, pump and system interaction, calculating cost of ownership, improving the performance of existing pump systems, optimizing new designs, pumping system economics, and opportunities to improve lifecycle performance.

"This is an indispensible tool for anyone involved in the design, engineering, and installation or servicing of pumping systems," Hardee said. "The guide has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the subject matter among end-users and pump OEMs serving as the basis of new educational curriculum being designed around this issue."

For information on purchasing the OPS Guide referenced above, please visit Hydraulic Institute’s e-Store at

For information on author Ray Hardee, please visit