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Fluid News – Grundfos Hydro MPC BoosterpaQ System Results in $30,000 Annual Savings for One Chemical Manufacturer

Creating certain chemicals requires precise temperatures to ensure the chemical reaction yields the highest concentration of product. The addition of larger heat exchangers at a Midwest U.S. chemical processing and distribution company resulted in increased capacity for its chemical production. It also caused significant strain to its aging water system. An inability to keep up with the increased load resulted in inefficient product temperatures, as well as frequent and costly service to the pumps. Each time the pumps went down, production was halted for maintenance.  In order to accommodate a growth in the company’s production needs, the producer needed to upgrade to a reliable water system.

The company wanted the reliability and efficiency they experienced with two previous Grundfos booster systems, and were willing to invest in a system change from suction lift to a booster system because they were familiar with the operating advantages of their Grundfos booster system. Working with Illinois Process Equipment (IPE) they chose four CR 95 vertical multistage pumps in a Hydro MPC BoosterpaQ system with panel mounted VFDs and a controller. The installation was a plug-and-pump solution with the complete package provided by Grundfos.

The producer’s raw water source was a quarry, which experienced temperature variation and intake demand variation based on production capacity. The BoosterpaQ system was optimized to automatically operate at varying demand levels and eliminated the waste of energy caused by the need to open a bypass valve when system demand fluctuated. In this system, sensors detect system demand, and pressure and flow automatically adjust to changing environments, including water temperature changes. The automated system ensures system optimization and the highest efficiency. When one Grundfos pump requires servicing, it may be taken out of service while the other three automatically adjust to manage the load, eliminating production downtime.

The plug-and-pump installation reduced downtime on site. The BoosterpaQ system has allowed for flexibility, depending on the demand and temperature of the quarry water, and the producer has the confidence their booster system is optimized at all times for their process. In addition to energy savings by reducing the need for a bypass valve, the automated system also delivered an immediate, real savings in maintenance time and cost. It also yields higher quality product on a consistent basis. The company also eliminated a safety hazard in the plant, which
was caused by loud noise from the old pumps. Because the Grundfos pumps were quiet, there was no longer a need for hearing protection in the pump house.

Fluid News – Next Generation Grundfos CR Moves the Limits for Multistage Pumps

The much-anticipated new generation of the world-famous Grundfos CR pumps offer increased efficiency and maximum working pressure while almost doubling maximum flow up to 1,400 gpm at the best efficiency point.

The new generation introduces three extra-large flow sizes of up to 580 psi pump pressure. The pumps are based on extensive research, development and testing of new hydraulic designs, and engineered using state-of-the-art production methods, including a fully automated and flexible production line.

“The new CR significantly moves the limits for energy efficiency, which is essential when you are working with large pumps. The increases to maximum working pressure and flow will also mean that the new generation can be used even more widely for applications across industries,” explains Jay Stellmacher, Vice President of Sales at Grundfos. “Engineers working with the new CR will literally have millions of customized solutions available to them.”

The Grundfos CUE drives are specifically optimized for pump operation and available in all voltages and frequencies for pumps in the CR range. CR pumps up to 30 horsepower can be fitted with either integrated drives (CRE) or stand-alone drives (CUE). For the large CR/CRN range, Grundfos offers plug-and-play drives that can even be preconfigured and tested to suit your specific needs.

The CR range forms the backbone of the Grundfos plug-and-play Hydro MPC booster systems. These performance-optimized systems are available in configurations with up to six CR pumps, allowing for flows of up to 8,453 gpm.

The expanded range of CRs can also be integrated into Grundfos Engineered Systems, which offer unique systems designed and engineered specifically to meet the needs of your project. The GES packages arrive pre-wired, pre-piped and pre-commissioned which allows for ease of installation. GES packaged systems come with a multitude of options for pumps, valves, controls, intelligent controllers and VFDs for your specific equipment requirements.

To learn more about the new CR range, contact IPE at 1-888-887-PUMP or go to

Fluid News – IPE Appointed as Master Distributor for Grundfos MTS Machine Tool Pumps

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Grundfos, a global leader in pump technology, recently named Illinois Process Equipment the US master distributor for Grundfos MTS high pressure machine tool pumps.

The MTS range is a 3-screw positive displacement design for high pressure machining applications, such as cutting, grinding, and deep hole drilling.  With flow rates to 284 GPM and pressures to 2,175 psig, the MTS offers consistent delivery of coolant in a reliable, heavy duty design.  PVDF-coated spindles and hardened rotor housings guarantee long life in the most difficult applications.

IPE is currently stocking the following units:

  • MTS20-30 R38-DQ-T 3 kW 3 x 230/460 V      7.9 GPM at 435 psig
  • MTS20-40 R46-DQ-T 4 kW 3 x 230/460 V      10.2 GPM at 580 psig
  • MTS20-70 R38-DQ-T 5.5 kW 3 x 230/460 V   6.7 GPM at 1,015 psig
  • MTS20-80 R46-DQ-T 7.5 kW 3 x 230/460 V   9.0 GPM at 1,160 psig

Call us today at 1-888-887-PUMP for a quote.


Fluid News – IPE Now Distributes Iwaki Air AODD Pumps

Iwaki Air AODD pumps are engineered for maximum utility. They are portable and easy to install, operate, and maintain. Infinitely variable flow rates and variable discharge pressures can handle a large range of fluids, including corrosive chemicals and flammable liquids. The AODD pumps can run dry, self-prime and dead-head without damaging the pump. Other design elements that distinguish Iwaki Air AODD pumps include body stabilization features to ensure heat resistance, and sound suppression construction to reduce both mechanical noise and compressed air noise.

These pumps are built for power. A higher power output means the pump can operate with less applied air pressure compared with many competitor’s pumps – often outperforming pumps that may have a higher listed flow rate.