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Pump Seals to Manage Water

By Heinz P. Bloch |

Paying attention to the seal design used in centrifugal pumps can help in water management. This article uses the beverage industry to illustrate this point Economic survival in a climate where industry competition and environmental concerns converge is not easy. However, protecting the planet is becoming an ethical imperative for reasonable people. It is — or should be — matched only by an acute sense of self-preservation. It gives us pleasure when we see these priorities beginning to line up nicely with legitimate and logical commercial interests. Commercial interests can rightly be summarized as low-cost production and high equipment reliability. That said, this article introduces the reader to factual details, proven achievements, and realistic goals as they pertain to the beverage industry.   Sustainability targets In the beverage industry, targets are typically expressed as water-use ratio, or liters of water consumed per liter of beverage produced. Singling out the beer brewing industry, an entity fittingly using the acronym BIER (Beer Industry Environmental Roundtable) published benchmarking studies that show a steady improvement from 2013 to 2017 with the water-use ratio from 2.76 L/L (0.73 gal/gal) to 2.53…
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