1st Annual Pump Conference and Exhibit

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Rotating Machinery Maintenance, Reliability and Energy Conference

 Herzliya (northern Tel-Aviv), Israel, November 22-23, 2010

in consortium with leading pumps’ and pump-related equipment manufacturers, suppliers and pump users




Site Location:

at Hotel "Sharon" – Herzliya:

Address: Ramot Yam St. 4 
Herzlia on Sea, Israel 46748
Tel: 972 - 09 - 9525777, 
Fax: 972 - 09 – 9572448


Hotel and Conference Halls View: www.travelbyclick.net/hotels/Hotel_vr.cfm?PictureID=285&HotelID=74


(for accommodations reservation at the hotel Email: sharon@sharon.co.il)




Conference for engineering, maintenance, operating and management professionals from: Water and Wastewater municipalities, Power Plants, Chemical Plants, HVAC, Pulp and Paper mills, and General pump-related affiliations.






· Training on a variety of pump types, styles and makes

· Technical, lots of hands-on, and busy

· See the pumps at the internals, attend hands-on training sessions

· Assemble pumps, learn pumps troubleshooting methods

· Equipment reliability improvement techniques and life extension

· Efficiency improvements and energy savings methods

· Gain new skills, and leave having gained real knowledge, ready to implement at your facility and in your career

· 1.6 Continual Education Units (CEU) and a Pump Training Certificate of Attendance


Program Objective: to provide Plant Maintenance, Reliability and Engineering professionals working with pumps with a “rapid-deployment” -  hands-on training exercises, specifically designed to reinforce pump theory, applications and pump repair and maintenance techniques. Industries involved: power generation, water and wastewater, chemical and petrochemical plants, hydrocarbon processing, paper mills, marine and navy, and general industries. Practical and pragmatic training for a pump novice, and an excellent refresher for the old-timers.


Monday, November 22, 2010


7:30: Refreshments (Kabalat Panim)

8:15: Opening Welcome Address:    Alex Kushnir, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Israel National Infrastructures: Energy and Water

Eddie Bet-Hazavdi, Coordinator of Regulations & Standards, Ministry of Israel National Infrastructures: Energy Conservation

                                                Eli Bronshtein, Dimona Vice Meir (Israel) – Pumping Challenges at Municipalities


8:45 – 10:30:  Session #1 Centrifugal Pumps Basics”: Dr. Lev Nelik, P.E., Pumping Machinery, LLC, (USA/Israel)

·       Focus on Efficiency and Energy Savings

·       Theory and hands-on, re-assembly of single-stage end suction ANSI centrifugal pumps. Learn to read and interpret pump performance curves, head-capacity, efficiency, power, impeller trim effect on performance, affinity laws NPSH, cavitation/recirculation issues. Design features evaluation, applications, troubleshooting methods, performance testing of two sample pumps operating in parallel mode and plotting performance curves

·        New hydraulics to improve operation

·        Horizontally split case centrifugal pumps

·        Rotor assembly, design variations and effects on reliability

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10:30 – 10:45: Break


10:45 – 11:45:  Session #2:Vertical Pumps”: Gabi Klein, Gennady Heifetz, Michael Benjamin, Mekorot / EMS Shaham (Israel) – Maintenance Issues and Challenges for Proactive Maintenance Approach

o   Open versus enclosed lineshaft designs; repair techniques and upgrades; cavitation how to avoid it and what to do about it if you can’t; reassembly of a small vertical pump and importance of impeller-to-case lift clearance for larger units; reverse engineering your pump installations for maximum reliability; bearing design configurations and materials for maximum reliability in “difficult” applications; OEM parts versus duplicates; materials selection for problem avoidance; common problems with vertical turbine pumps and what to do about them; sump design and submergence / turbulence considerations; register fits and clearances, lateral clearances and wear rings; foundation design and vibration how to reduce

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11:45 – 12:30: Special Presentations (8 sets of 5-minute-segments by the Conference Sponsors)


12:30 – 1:15: Luncheon


1:15 – 2:15: Session #3: Abrasive, Corrosive and Specialty Applications: Menahem Weiss, Dead Sea Works (Israel)

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2:15 – 2:45: Session #4: Boiler Feed Pump Aspects for Power Generation”: Marchel Kalmanovich,  Israeli Electric Corporation (Hevrat Hashmal)

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2:45 – 3:00 : Break


3:00 – 4:30 Session #5: Predictive Maintenance and Vibration Analysis for Rotating Machinery”: Dr. Leonid Avrukh, PMME (Israel), Shmil Shamis, Israeli Electric Hevrat Hashmal, and Dr. Elia Schwartz , Predictive Systems Engineering (Israel)

Various methods of vibration detection, interpretation and problem solving. Effect of unbalance, misalignment, blade-pass frequencies, and other factors are discussed. Mechanical, electrical and other methods applied and compared. Overall vibrations, FFT Spectral signatures, route planning and diagnostics. Field cases with examples are presented.


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4:30 – 5:00 Reception and Informal Discussions, Q&A



Tuesday, November 23, 2010


7:30: Refreshments (Kabalat Panim)


8:00 – 10:30: Session #6: Positive Displacement Rotary Pumps - A: Jim Brennan, IMO/Colfax Pumps Corporation (USA/Europe), Maty De-Haas, Berlin Technologies (Israel)

·        3- and 2-Screw pumps

·        Progressing Cavity pumps


10:30 – 10:45: Break


10:45 – 11:30: Session #7: Positive Displacement Rotary Pumps - B: Moshe Rozenbloom, Polak Brothers (Israel)

·        Gear Pumps: applications

·        lobe pumps: standard and specialty applications

·        design feature comparison and hands-on assembly work; viscous versus thin-fluid pumping; reliability and troubleshooting procedures

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11:30 – 12:30: Session 8: Hands-on work: assembly, testing, rerpair issues”: Lev Nelik, Pumping Machinery, LLC, (USA/Israel) and Tuvie Tov, PMME-BalamHaNegev


12:30 – 1:30: Luncheon




1:30 – 2:15: Session #9 “Mechanical Seals and Seal-Less Pumps”: Itzhak Arazi, Ettem Seals (Israel)

Overview of mechanical seals and packings; actual hands-on exercise of setting of a component seal and comparing with a cartridge seal assembly procedures

·        Mag-drive pumps

·        Canned-motor pumps



2:15 – 2:30: Break


2:30 – 4:15: Session #10 “Electrical Aspects: motor efficiency, VFD, controls, and line losses: Oscar Heinhorn, Enercom Engineering (Israel), Mario Berman, Israel Electric Corporation, and Arik Dan, Yaskawa (Japan)

·        Motor-to-pump alignment effect on motor operation

·        Overall vibration level limits versus FFT spectral analysis; interpretation of amplitude-frequency versus amplitude-time wave form

·        Field case examples and examples

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Cost (check or credit card):

·        Attendees: $100 (400 shekels) before September 15, 2010 ($200 (800 shekels) after that date) - Group Discounts: 10% (5+ people) / 25% (10+ people)

·        Exhibitors/Sponsors (tabletops): $1000 (4000 shekels) before September 15, 2010 ($2000 after that date)

·        Members of the SEEEI / IEEE / ASME Societies qualify  for an additional 5% discount


Late Registration Fee: after November 1, 2010: additional $50 (200 shekels)


To REGISTER, or for more information, location, fees, display opportunities, or any other questions to the Advisory Committee, contact Dr. L. Nelik, P.E., at:

Phone: +972-54-579-4711 (Israel)

Phone: +1-770-310-0866 (USA)








PumpTec-Israel-2010 Advisory Committee:


*  Dr. Lev Nelik, P.E., Pumping Machinery, Pump-Tec Conference Chairman

*  Meir Azerad, Seagon Energy

*  Michael Benjamin, Mekorot

*  Michael Bixon, Israeli Electric Power Company (Hevrat Hashmal)

*  Mario Berman, Israel Electric Corporation (Hevrat Hashmal)

*  Jim Brennan, Colfax Pumps Corporation – USA/Europe

*  Eli Bronstein, Vice Meir, Dimona

*  Maty De-Haas, Berlin Technologies

*  Rasmus Dorrington, Colonial Pipeline – USA

*  Alexander Feldman, Trubostal Piping Corporation – Ukraine

*  Shimon Goldman, Dead Sea Works

*  Gennady Heifetz, Mekorot

*  Oscar Heinhorn, Enercom Engineering, Ltd.

*  Sergiu Hollinger, Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Kazaa

*  Frank Huntington, John Crane Inc. - USA

*  Dr. Sasha Kadichevitz, Electric Networks Consultant

*  Gabi Klain, Mekorot

*  Grigory Komarenko, Gasprom Zinger - Russia

*  Amnon Krigel, Mondi Hadera Paper

*  Israel Lev, Paz Refinery

*  John Martin, Safety Consultant – USA

*  Rich Owens, Vogelsang Rotary Pumps – Germany

*  David Peled, Israel Electric Corporation (Hevrat Hashmal)

*  John Purcell, Roper Progressing Cavity Pumps  - USA

*  Amnon Sharon, Hadera Paper Development and Infrastructure

*  Hiram Tanner, DC WASA Municipalities, Water and Wastewater Treatment - USA

*  Harry Urban, Water and Wastewater Digest magazine - USA

*  Menahem Weiss, Dead Sea Works

*  Steve Young, MRC/SKF Bearings – USA


Sponsors (tabletop displays):

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