How to Select Booster Pumps    Image Credit: SC Hydraulic Engineering Corporation | Mindman Industrial Co., Ltd. | Jergens, Inc.   Booster pumps are devices used to increase the pressure of existing fluid flow systems. They are designed to help pumping systems achieve higher flow rates and overcome high system head. Typically, booster pumps are used in water systems or applications that have low waste contamination. They have a variety of commercial, municipal, and...
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Q & A on Booster Pumps

We asked our users for their input on Booster Pumps. Here are the results of 55 users familiar with Booster Pumps.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing booster pump design?
8 answers
Answers:
Space requirements (foot print of pump), flow rates, ease of maintenance.
~Murray B, Facilities Manager, Brisbane, Australia
1- In-built VFD controllers 2- Premium efficiency motors
~Engineering, Other, Kuwait, Kuwait
Well maintained controller need to install
~Swaraj Soman, Technical Support, Dubai, UAE
Materials and high efficiency motors.
~Claudio Moreira, Engineer, Resende, Brazil
Pumps for special fluids.
~Engineering, Design, Singapore, Singapore
Variable speed
~Dany Alsheich, General Management, Azur, Israel
Advanced seals
~Cpt. Jim M, CEO/Diving Ops Supervisor/Captain, Lighthouse Pt, FL
Materials
~Field A, Technical Support, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative booster pumps?
7 answers
Answers:
I only have experience of the Haskel pumps.
~Jorgen G, Purchaser, LINKOPING, SWEDEN
Tri-Clover Pumps, Byron Jackson.
~Murray B, Facilities Manager, Brisbane, Australia
1- Grundfos 2- ITT - Lowara
~Engineering, Other, Kuwait, Kuwait
Haskel, Maximator
~Engineering, Design, Singapore, Singapore
Flojet, Shurflo
~Field A, Technical Support, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Grundfoss
~Dany Alsheich, General Management, Azur, Israel
Haskel
~Cpt. Jim M, CEO/Diving Ops Supervisor/Captain, Lighthouse Pt, FL

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used booster pumps for?
16 answers
Answers:
Increase water pressure in Power Stations where higher pressures were required at heights within the building where it was not possible to install booster pumps at this level due to space restrictions.
~Murray B, Facilities Manager, Brisbane, Australia
Booster pump designed for high flow at high head. The booster pump will increase the flow of water but significant percentage to fulfill all of your pump needs.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Sohar, Oman
I am a maintenance technician with Hilton hotel in UAE . Booster pumps are a major part in my work, I have to maintain the pumps all the time.
~Swaraj Soman, Technical Support, Dubai, UAE
Water purification systems, gas chlorination, jockey pumps in fire systems, roof top chillers
~Marketing/Sales, Chesnee, SC
For supplying high pressure barrier fluid for mechanical seal sealant systems.
~Engineering, Design, Singapore, Singapore
Oxygen fills and air fills for commercial diving ops and recreational diving.
~Cpt. Jim M, CEO/Diving Ops Supervisor/Captain, Lighthouse Pt, FL
Pressure testing with liquid and gas. Filling cylinders with gas.
~Jorgen G, Purchaser, LINKOPING, SWEDEN
Fire pumps Domestic water supplies
~Engineering, Faculty/Staff/Student, Sparks, NV
Misting water at 150 psi to 800 psi
~Field A, Technical Support, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Domestic, industrial, agriculture
~Dany Alsheich, General Management, Azur, Israel
Water system & fire system
~Engineering, Design, Batac, Philippines
HVAC Systems & etc.
~Blakely W, Retired Deputy Seniuor Property Manager US Govt., El Cajon, San Diego
Gases and Water
~Claudio Moreira, Engineer, Resende, Brazil
1- Water Supply
~Engineering, Other, Kuwait, Kuwait
oil line
~Engineering, Other, Jakarta, Indonesia
water
~Engineering, Other, TUNIS, Tunisia

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that booster pumps have been used for.
4 answers
Answers:
Ground watering, fountains and fire systems, etc.
~Blakely W, Retired Deputy Seniuor Property Manager US Govt., El Cajon, San Diego
Misting water together with chemicals.
~Field A, Technical Support, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mine Dump sand removal.
~Murray B, Facilities Manager, Brisbane, Australia
Scavenging gases
~Cpt. Jim M, CEO/Diving Ops Supervisor/Captain, Lighthouse Pt, FL

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of booster pumps?
4 answers
Answers:
Only second hand stories, no direct source to confirm truth.
~Cpt. Jim M, CEO/Diving Ops Supervisor/Captain, Lighthouse Pt, FL
The usual burned motors.
~Dany Alsheich, General Management, Azur, Israel
Wrong application.
~Murray B, Facilities Manager, Brisbane, Australia
All of the above
~Blakely W, Retired Deputy Seniuor Property Manager US Govt., El Cajon, San Diego

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
6 answers
Answers:
Pumps with small footprints for various applications.
~Murray B, Facilities Manager, Brisbane, Australia
Inbuilt pressure relief valve
~Engineering, Other, Kuwait, Kuwait
Spare parts, servicing
~Field A, Technical Support, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Energy efficiency
~Blakely W, Retired Deputy Seniuor Property Manager US Govt., El Cajon, San Diego
Magnetic drive
~Dany Alsheich, General Management, Azur, Israel
Lower prices!
~Cpt. Jim M, CEO/Diving Ops Supervisor/Captain, Lighthouse Pt, FL

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using booster pumps?
6 answers
Answers:
Obtain a full understanding of the operational limitations and tradeoffs to produce desired pressures.
~Cpt. Jim M, CEO/Diving Ops Supervisor/Captain, Lighthouse Pt, FL
Be sure about inlet and outlet pressures, normally outlet is higher than inlet.
~Claudio Moreira, Engineer, Resende, Brazil
Get as much information on the pump you require, prior to purchasing the pump.
~Murray B, Facilities Manager, Brisbane, Australia
As in every deal, be sure to specify your needs.
~Jorgen G, Purchaser, LINKOPING, SWEDEN
Do the homework
~Blakely W, Retired Deputy Seniuor Property Manager US Govt., El Cajon, San Diego
Variable speed,
~Dany Alsheich, General Management, Azur, Israel

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of booster pumps?
4 answers
Answers:
Choose correct size, do not close delivery with valves or very small size pipes.
~Dany Alsheich, General Management, Azur, Israel
Compare electrical vs. gas(air) drives
~Cpt. Jim M, CEO/Diving Ops Supervisor/Captain, Lighthouse Pt, FL
Same as above
~Blakely W, Retired Deputy Seniuor Property Manager US Govt., El Cajon, San Diego
Same above.
~Claudio Moreira, Engineer, Resende, Brazil


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