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The Pump Technology Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about industrial pumps including water and wastewater pumps; controls, operation, maintenance; pump applications. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

Adaptive Drill Bit May Help Ease Downhole Dysfunction

Posted April 03, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The TerrAdapt bit, released by Baker Hughes in an effort to help operators address various drilling dysfunctions, uses self-adjusting depth-of-cut control elements. The bit also changes its aggressiveness based on the formation through which it is drilling, to mitigate vibrations, stick-slip, and impact loading.


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Pump Delivers Drug Doses Over Time

Posted February 05, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The tiny, implantable drug-delivery pump for type 2 diabetes, being developed by Intarcia Therapeutics, works by releasing a drug into a patient's body over time, overcoming the problems that some patients have complying with a schedule of injections. Researchers now are looking to broaden their focus to HIV as well.


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Subsea Pumps Market Poised for Growth

Posted January 03, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

According to a Research and Markets report, North America is expected to lead the subsea pumps market in the coming decade, as the region's new exploration activity is high and operators are often forced to work in deeper waters.


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Wastewater the Link Between Breweries and Batteries

Posted November 27, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a bio-manufacturing process to turn brewery wastewater into naturally derived lithium-ion battery electrodes. The researchers opine that applying the process on a large scale will dramatically reduce municipal wastewater costs for breweries while creating a cost-effective process for making advanced battery components. A new Boulder-based company, Emergy, seeks to commercialize the patented process, which is detailed in this video.


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Navy Project Aims to Slash Vacuum System Maintenance

Posted October 28, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A project to develop a compact, two-stage, scroll vacuum pump, with an integrated turbomolecular backing pump, has been awarded Phase I Small Business Innovation Research funding. The project for the U.S. Navy is expected to reduce maintenance costs related to shipboard cryogenic and superconducting applications. The scroll pump acts as a roughing pump to provide a 50 mTorr vacuum to the backing pump. As described onEngineering360, its patented design allows for miniaturization without degradation in performance. Described are several Critical Performance Metrics identified by the Navy for the vacuum system, including the backing pump's ability to provide a vacuum below 0.1 mTorr.


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