New Pump Test Approval Program Announced by the Hydraulic Institute
The Hydraulic Institute (HI), which defines a number of pump product standards in the industry, has announced the launch of the Pump Test Lab Approval Program.
Pump OEMs and other pump test laboratories will be able to improve their current laboratory procedures and policies with the new program. They will be able to work with experienced third-party auditors to develop and maintain accurate and uniform pump testing protocols. Organizations will also receive assistance in adhering to the requirements of the International Test Laboratory Accreditation Standard.
The Pump Test Lab Approval Program is designed around the Hydraulic Institute Program Guide for Pump Test Laboratory Approval, which is available for free in the Hydraulic Institute’s eStore.
After the audit, facilities must be able to conduct pump performance tests to the Hydraulic Institute Standards for Methods for Rotodynamic Pump Efficiency Testing. The facilities must also employ personnel that understand HI standards, pump testing techniques, and quality systems. Periodic audits of the facility, records, equipment, and personnel must continue in order to determine compliance.
The program also offers assurances to end users, energy advocates, and electric power utilities. It allows them to work with HI to develop an Energy Rating Label in order to accelerate the adoption of premium efficient pump systems.
“HI members from many pump OEMs assisted in the development of the 40.7 guideline,” says Mark Heiser, Test and Validation Lab Manager for Xylem Inc. - Applied Water Systems and co-chair of the HI 40.7 committee. “It will be used as an assurance to our customers that our testing practices are sound and that our products will perform in the field as they do in the lab. Having more efficient pumps and pump systems is of great importance in reducing the overall consumption of energy in this country.”
Source: Hydraulic Institute