New Program for Pumps

Hydraulic Institute launches lab approval initiative

In a press release Friday, The Hydraulic Institute of Parsippany, NJ announced the launch of a new pump-testing laboratory approval program.

The program assists pump OEMs and other pump test laboratories improve their current laboratory procedures and policies by working with an experienced third-party auditor to develop and maintain accurate, uniform and repeatable pump testing protocols. The program also helps participating organizations adhere to the requirements of the international test laboratory accreditation standard (ISO 17025) concerning test measurement equipment.

The program has been designed around the new HI Program Guide for Pump Test Laboratory Approval (HI 40.7–2015), which summarizes the key elements of this voluntary program. The guide is available at no cost in the Hydraulic Institute’s eStore. Any qualified domestic or global corporation, research institution or laboratory can participate in the HI Pump Test Laboratory Approval Program. Facilities must have in-house capabilities to conduct pump performance tests to HI’s Methods for Rotodynamic Pump Efficiency Testing (HI 40.6–2014) standard, personnel that understand HI standards and pump testing techniques, and quality systems that ensure continued best practices after the audit. As part of the program, qualified laboratories agree to periodic audits of their facilities, records, equipment, and personnel to determine compliance with the HI 40.7 program guide and HI 40.6 standard.

In addition, the program promotes an increased level of assurances to pump end-users as well as energy advocates and electric power utilities which are working with HI to develop an Energy Rating label that accelerate the adoption of premium efficient pump systems.

The Hydraulic Institute has been servicing the industry since 1917.

Chicago-based Hydro, Inc. was the first organization to have their pump test laboratory approved through the program.

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