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Sundyne Appoints Mary Zappone Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Mary Zappone

 

Leadership Additions to Support Acceleration of the Next Phase of Growth

Arvada, Colorado – July 23, 2021 – Sundyne, a global leader in the design and manufacture of mission critical pumps & compressors, today announced that Mary Zappone has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), effective July 21, 2021. Ms. Zappone succeeds Mark Sefcik, who is transitioning to President of the Sundyne Products business unit.

Ms. Zappone has more than 20 years of experience leading and growing industrial companies in sectors including Industrial Services, Chemicals, Energy Infrastructure, Industrial Manufacturing, Distribution and Equipment Rental.  Most recently, she was the CEO and Board Member of Brace Industrial Group, a national provider of specialty industrial construction services.  Prior to Brace, Ms. Zappone was the President and CEO of Service Champ, the largest specialty distributor of consumable automotive aftermarket maintenance parts and accessories.  She has served as President and CEO of RecoverCare, a leading national provider of medical equipment and was President of Alcoa’s Oil & Gas products business.  In addition, she has held several leadership positions at Tyco, General Electric, McKinsey & Company and Exxon.

“Sundyne has assembled an incredible portfolio of flow control brands that represent industry-leading and innovative pump & compressor businesses that are backed by strong customer service.  The company’s significant growth opportunities through acquisitions and organic channels are exciting, and I look forward to leading the company in its next chapter of growth,” said Mary Zappone.  “I also want to thank Mark for his leadership of our company over the past four years. I am looking forward to working closely with Mark in his new role as the Sundyne Products Business Unit President along with the rest of the Sundyne leadership team.”

Mr. Sefcik has led Sundyne since early 2017, during which time he helped the company grow its strategic customer relationships, expand and deepen Sundyne’s supplier relationships, and improve the operational delivery and product development functions to deliver industry leading responsiveness, customer service and economic value to customers.

“It has been a privilege to serve as CEO of Sundyne, and I am incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished, increasing the market share of our business, enhancing our technology capabilities – all while serving our customers at the highest of levels,” said Mark Sefcik. “Now is a natural time to transition leadership as Sundyne enters its next chapter and Mary is the ideal person to continue to grow Sundyne’s platform and deliver long-term value.  I look forward to working with Mary and the Sundyne team in my new role and contributing to our company’s further growth.”

Fasten your seatbelts! The view from inside Car 63

With lockdown restrictions easing, our race driver team member, Neil Jessop, has at last now been out racing once again, although at the moment without spectators. In his heavily modified 1978 Mark 2 Ford Escort, sponsored by HMD Kontro, Neil has achieved some great results, despite a few mechanical issues.

 

9 May Donington – Winner of Class B in both Race 1 and Race 2

With thirty-seven cars on the grid, Neil won his class in both races and also finished ninth and tenth overall respectively, beating many cars from higher classes. He also set the lap record in his class of 1:17:486.

 

13 June Mallory Park – Third in Class B in Race 2

This was an amazing result, as Neil had to start Race 2 from the back of the grid after an electrical issue earlier meant no result in Race 1. With skilful driving, he made his way through to eleventh at the finishing flag, giving him third in Class B. He also recorded the second-fastest lap of 51.773 seconds.

See the full video from Race 2 at Donington over on YouTube (it is not for the faint-hearted).

 

The series continues with races in July at Anglesey and Cadwell Park and then it’s on to Oulton Park and Brands Hatch with the last race at Snetterton in October. We will keep you updated with Neil’s progress!

HMD Kontro Appoints New Health & Safety Reps

The importance of health & safety at HMD Kontro is never underestimated and it is something that is taken extremely seriously. Employees, sub-contractors, customers, visitors and any members of the public are all taken into consideration when ensuring the company’s premises are as safe as possible and so revitalising the team was considered very important and vital. Consequently, a company election was held to appoint new Health & Safety representatives. The outcome was that HMD Kontro now has a team made up predominantly of new employee safety reps who will work alongside the two existing and experienced representatives.

Promoting free-flowing and candid conversations

Bi-monthly committee meetings are planned with the most recent one attended by the newly appointed representatives. All in all, it was very successful as everyone came well prepared and all brought something to the table allowing for a free-flowing and candid discussion and if there are any issues or concerns that arise between meetings, these can be raised with the EHS manager. It is hoped that the new reps will be as proactive as possible and already they are being utilised for incident investigation. This will not only give them an insight into a range of situations, but also enable them to give their viewpoint on activities and solutions. Further training will be provided to help the reps settle into and be confident in their new roles.

 

Health and Safety Team

Above (from left to right): Andy Mann, Liane Emery, Andy Schlotter, Claire Penfold, Brian Cordingley.

 

What do the Health & Safety Reps say?

Brian Cordingley – Storeman – “My aim is to help the team make HMD Kontro a safe and enjoyable place to work.”

Claire Penfold – Factory, Shop Floor – “I want to understand more about the health and safety side of the business. It will enable me to help my colleagues and to also assist the company in recognising where workplace related problems could occur. I’ll be a small part of the team to help overcome and solve problems that may arise.”

Liane Emery – Service Co-ordinator – “Having been with HMD Kontro for twelve years, I jumped at the opportunity to be a Health & Safety Rep. My aim is to help David and the team bring awareness and make the work areas safer places to be, which will ensure better safety for everyone.”

Andy Schlotter – Paint Sprayer – “I became a rep four years ago with my main reason being that I felt quite strongly about safety in the work place and wanted to try to improve people’s awareness of it and help in some small way. Everyone should be aware of how dangerous it can be working in a manufacturing and engineering environment. As I have spent all my working life in this industry, I feel I do know about the types of dangers it can bring. By educating others, I feel I’ve helped in my own way. The paint shop also brings with it some unpleasant and dangerous substances and so this has made me very aware about being vigilant in my every day job and hopefully I can make others aware of good practices.”

Andrew Mann IEng MIMechE – Senior Product Engineer – “I became a Health & Safety Rep about five years ago and have now been re-elected for a second five year term. I took on the role to help maintain, support and improve the health and safety of our workplace in order to ensure a safe working environment for all HMD employees. I bring to the role previous experience, which I hope will help the new members of the ‘safety team’. I want to continue and encourage staff to raise safety concerns, whilst broadly assisting in the general overview of the company safety systems ensuring we all go home safely at the end of each working day. I would like to specialise my Health & Safety representative role in the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) regulations and assessment.”

 

Looking after the mental health of employees

Mental health is a big issue in the workplace today and consequently, HMD Kontro also has two mental health first aiders onsite. These roles are currently completely separate from the safety representative roles although there is nothing to prevent a member of staff having both positions should they wish to put themselves forward when there is a vacancy.

HMD Kontro – safe pumps and a safe place to work

With the new appointments, HMD Kontro now has two office reps and two factory reps. Despite an imminent retirement, one of the HMD Kontro Health & Safety reps is staying on as part of the team in the role of mentor for the new appointees and will be working alongside them to pass on valuable information and lessons that have been learned over the years. HMD Kontro sealless pumps are inherently safe thanks to them being completely leak free and this fits perfectly with the company’s focus on site safety.

HF Acid Alkylation

Preventing HF Acid Harming Employee Health and the Environment.

Operators of the Hydrofluoric (HF) acid alkylation process will know all too well that the pumping of HF acid is an application that presents a set of totally unique challenges.

Working in collaboration with UOP (Honeywell), we have been able to develop proven sealless pumps exclusively for use in HF alkylation units. An innovative approach using alternative materials and a new method of NDE (Non-Destructive Examination) specifically for pumps entering the HF Alkylation process.

Above: Short video introducing the new HF alkylation units.

Due to the hazardous nature of HF acid in the alkylation process, it must be treated with the utmost care and so HF alkylation units demand a fluid handling solution of the very highest standard.  This makes magnetic drive pumps eminently suitable. By comparison, pumps featuring failure-prone mechanical seals can leak harmful process fluids, negatively impacting employee health, the environment and productivity. HMD Kontro sealless pumps offer the highest level of safety and reliability with absolutely no leakages, for complete fluid containment.

 

The Benefits of HMD Kontro Pumps for HF Acid

HMD Kontro has developed a pump design specifically for the HF alkylation process that contains key features and includes an identified core scope of equipment. This package must be supplied, as a minimum, on all pumps destined for an HF alkylation unit and contains the following benefits:

  • Liquid contact materials of the highest grade
  • NDE requirements for HF acid
  • Secondary containment – rated to 40 bar
  • Leakage detection instrumentation
  • Dry run pump protection

If you would like further information on the process, please download the literature on our dedicated HF Alkylation webpage or alternatively complete the HF Alkylation enquiry form and a specialist member of our team will be in touch.

Perfected Sealless Pumps Article – Pump Engineer

In chemical processing, with increasing environmental concerns and a strengthening of international safety standards, choosing the right pumps is essential when it comes to protecting plants and people against potentially dangerous leaks and avoiding processing downtime.

In a new article, published in Pump Engineer, Darren Martin, our Global Product Line Manager, looks at the latest developments in magnetic drive sealless pumps and how they protect the environment and ensure operator safety.

Perfected Sealless Pumps - Pump Engineer

The article charts the recent evolution of sealless pumps, illustrating how the latest new technologies and materials have been applied to further advance and perfect modern magnetic drive sealless pumps, such as HMD Kontro’s CSA/CSI range.  Not only maintaining their highly safe operation, but also making them an attractive proposition in terms of product life cycle time and costs savings, offering greater flexibility and ease of maintenance.

Please read the full article on the Pump Engineer website: www.pumpengineer.net/webarticles/2021/06/17/perfected-sealless-pumps.html

Women in Engineering

In the week that celebrated Women In Engineering day with the theme of Engineering Heroes, we are pleased to see two of our own heroes featured in a Women In Engineering special feature in PII (Process Industry Informer) magazine. Please click the following link to go directly to the featured pages:

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Women in Engineering

 

Written by our HR Manager, Jennifer Woolett, the article is headed ‘Taking Action on Gender Diversity’ and includes how HMD Kontro is fully committed to encouraging women to embrace engineering as a career choice with short profiles of Hannah Verrall and Jo Whitling from our company.

Eastbourne & Bred

A Tale of Two Brothers – Both Pump Pioneers

Did you know that the home of HMD Kontro in Eastbourne is not just the sunniest place in the UK, but it is also a thriving pump cluster?

Home to not only HMD Kontro, over the years a good number of other pump manufacturers have chosen Eastbourne as the place to set-up shop. There is a reason for this, so let us travel back in time by 75 years to 1946, the year that brothers Geoffrey and Charles Howard founded Hydraulic & Mechanical Developments Ltd, with the first sealless magnetic drive pumps being pioneered the following year in 1947. This of course became HMD Kontro Sealless Pumps, a division of Sundyne, that we are today.

Howard Brothers

The Howard brothers, as brothers often do, had a falling out and the two went their separate ways. This other company, which became known as ‘APV Howard’ and then onto ‘APV Industrial Pumps’ began operations and that too was started in Eastbourne. Both of the brothers were pioneers of their time and this led to the supply chain around the town building up, which in time put Eastbourne on the pump manufacturing map.

Additional pump companies then chose to relocate or begin operations in Eastbourne as that is where the expertise, experience and supply chains were based. This includes ‘Johnson Pumps’ who are also still operating in Eastbourne today and just a mere stone’s throw away from the HMD Kontro units.

It is because of the Howard brothers and the founding of HMD Kontro back in 1946 that has led to Eastbourne being what is often referred to as a ‘pump cluster’. The decision 75 years ago has left a lasting mark on the town and its rewards are still being reaped today. HMD Kontro has continued to evolve and leads the way in the pump industry. Particularly in magnetic drive pumps.

For more information about HMD Kontro, where it all began and where we are heading, please look at the company Timeline and History of HMD pages. For more information or to discuss utilising our pumps, please complete the enquiry form on the contact page

High Pressure Sealless Pumps

If you, or rather your process, is under pressure, then you need the HMD Kontro HPGS,  a sealless magnetic drive pump designed specifically for high-pressure applications.  This sealless pump is particularly suitable for use in the chemical and petrochemical industries as well as site utilities.

HPGS

The HPGS magnetic drive pump can withstand system pressures of up to 2680 psi (185 bar) and is available with 7 hydraulics. It comes with a range of synchronous magnet drives, which are rated for prime mover performance. Standard construction is stainless steel with silicon carbide internal bearings although other metallic materials are also possible.

As an example application, HPGS pumps are very suitable for use when checking the density of process fluids in a high-pressure pipeline. The HPGS pump is positioned on a pipeline skid, in order to take out a sample of the fluid from the main product stream and then return it to the main pipeline after analysis through a densitometer.

HPGS pumps comply with all specifications required by the petroleum and heavy chemical industries and are typically used in toxic, aggressive, hot, crystallising and high-value processes.

Benefits of the HMD Kontro HPGS Pump include:

  • Sealless design for total product containment
  • Modular / interchangeable high-efficiency wet end
  • Provides maximum flow and head coverage
  • Flows to 70 m³/hr / 308 gpm
  • Heads to 70 m / 230 ft
  • Temperature range -40 to 205°C / 400°F
  • High-efficiency magnetic couplings

For further information, please see the dedicated HPGS page.

HMD Kontro HPGS – High Pressure General Service Sealless Magnetic Drive Pump

CSA / CSI Versatility: Interchangeable & Upgradeable

The new HMD Kontro CSA/CSI range of pumps represents a significant leap in sealless pump technology with its modular design and interchangeability of component parts. Specifically designed for ease of configuration and upgrade, the range has been developed to maximise uptime while delivering cost savings through improved lead times and operational efficiencies.

CSA/CSI Modularity = Versatility / Reliability / Safety / Serviceability / Availability

CSA CSI Versatility

The new CSA/CSI range is distinguished by its extremely wide operating parameters. The extended space and shaft design of its new external bearing assembly provides resistance at temperatures from as low as -40°C/F up to 260°C / 500°F. Withstanding design pressures of up to 19.0 bar / 275 psi at 38°C / 100°F, the CSA / CSI pumps offer flow rates up to 77 m³/h / 340 USgpm and can process liquids with a viscosity from 0.1 – 200 cSt.

A wide range of high-efficiency hydraulics ensure maximum flow and head coverage for optimal productivity. Low and high hydraulic variants are available to ensure an optimised fit, improving production flow rates and delivering cost savings.

The ‘Frame 1’ naming convention denotes a pump with B73.3 dimensional designations making the CSA/CSI an excellent upgrade path for switching from a mechanically sealed to a sealless pump.  Think Sealless!

Please visit the CSA/CSI section of the website for more information, including detailed product specifications, then contact us for where you can purchase or with any questions.

Joint Service Venture With Liquid Handling Equipment, Our American Channel Partners and HMD Kontro

Based in Charlotte, USA, Liquid Handling Equipment, Inc. has been meeting the demands of industry’s fluid handling needs for over three decades. As a solutions-driven provider, LHE set themselves apart by their immediate service, knowledgeable people, quality equipment from top manufacturers such as HMD Kontro, and custom-engineered / fabricated systems and equipment.

Featured Channel Partner - LHE

LHE provides engineering and maintenance services that ease workloads and eliminate costly setbacks, affording customers the advantages of custom solutions and service without the need for in-house personnel.

Liquid Handling Equipment has been working with HMD Kontro for approximately 30 years. They originally started stocking GT, GSA and CS pumps. As the inventory and stock continued to grow they moved into a new facility in 1996 allowing them more office and warehouse space. Then again in 2019, LHE completed a new extension to give them 14,000 sq. ft. of shop and a much larger warehouse. This also gives more capabilities for assemblies, repairs and testing. LHE’s inventory has now grown from the initial inventory of approximately $10,000 in the 90’s to $1.8M today.

The Stock Depot began officially in 2008. The goal was to ship pumps and parts same day or next day in the Americas to all the HMD Kontro Channel Partners. Early on LHE’s philosophy included a culture with a high sense of urgency, a commitment to HMD Kontro and a passion for the product. Working with them, our loyalty to the Channel Partners is unwavering to get product to the customers quickly.

Many end users have been won over with this service. It has definitely been a joint service venture with HMD Kontro, the American Channel Partners and Liquid Handling Equipment. It requires dedicated personnel at HMD Kontro and LHE to make this programme successful.

Said Neal Mann of LHE: “Both companies are fortunate to have great people. We have developed many friendships and long-standing relationships. These have helped us through the good and bad times. I look forward to another 30-years growing the HMD Kontro products in the Americas.”

Think Sealless Select – Why Sealless Pumps are So Suitable for Your Application

Magnetic drive pumps are very applicable for many processes and are widely used in industries such as chemical, pharmaceutical, fine chemical, agrichemical, oil & gas, both upstream and downstream, offshore and onshore, food and beverage production and across many industrial operations.

 

Is it time for you to select sealless? 

The latest parameters at which magnetic drive pumps can operate may surprise you:

  • Flow Rates – Up to 690m3/hour / 3000 USGPM
  • Heads – Up to 240m / 767ft differential
  • Viscosity – Maximum 200 cSt
  • Temperature – Down to minus 100oC / 148oF
    • Up to 450oC / 840oF Torque Ring Design
    • Up to 315oC / 600oF Synchronous Design
  • Pressure – Up to 185 Bar / 2683 psi
  • Power – 400kW / 536hp
  • Speed Range 1450 – 3500 RPM

All HMD Kontro pumps, as standard, can handle up to 5% hard solids and sizes up to 150 microns. By fitting a self-cleaning in-line filter, this can be increased to 250 microns.  For larger concentrations, we can provide other alternative solutions such as: cartridge filters, clean flush systems, etc.

If you have a particular liquid that you wish to pump, then please contact us for advice. There is a very good chance that we have worked with this product in the past and can advise on the most appropriate pump for your application.

HMD Kontro sealless pumps can be manufactured to relevant specifications such as ASME, ISO and API.  To check the applications and operating parameters of our magnetic drive pumps, please see the Think Sealless Select page.

The Latest Sealless Technology to Improve Site Safety

CSA/CSI Modularity = Versatility / Reliability / Safety / Serviceability / Availability

The safety of your staff team and eliminating or minimising the impact of manufacturing and other operations on both the local and wider environment is an essential, legal and moral obligation.  The containment shell in a magnetic drive pump provides a complete mechanical barrier, preventing leaks, escapes and emissions. There is no reliance on any internal or external seal system or method of prevention.

When it comes to applications that involve toxic, fine, corrosive, aggressive and valuable liquids, our new CSA (ASME) / CSI (ISO) magnetic drive pumps for chemical and industrial processes deliver the ultra-safe, dependable, and reliable performance that engineers demand and that both environmental health and safety, plus industrial regulations, require.

CSA CSI Safety

In certain highly challenging applications, compliance with stringent standards calls for a secondary control or containment option to be available, completely eliminating the possibility of a leak of pumped product to escape, in the highly unlikely event of a containment shell failure. In the CSA / CSI product line we have taken the secondary control / containment options further by not only ensuring both options are available on separately mounted pumps but also on close-coupled units, which we believe is unique to HMD Kontro.

The new HMD Kontro CSA (ASME) / CSI (ISO) sealless pump range is specifically designed to be completely leak and emission-free, keeping the pumping media completely enclosed within the body of the pump, exactly where it should be.

Please click through for more information on the new CSA / CSI range including detailed product specifications, animation, podcasts etc.

Self Priming Sealless – SPGS Magnetic Drive Pumps

The SPGS pump is a self-priming sealless pump designed for reliable transfer of fluids ranging from water to hazardous and toxic substances.

The SPGS is particularly suitable for offloading liquids where total containment is crucial including emptying sumps, road and rail tankers.

The product line covers a hydraulic range that is split between two frame sizes, with standard construction being 316 stainless steel and silicon carbide internal bearings. Other material options are also available, such as; Alloy 20 or Alloy C, with PTFE gaskets.

SPGS

 

Benefits of the SPGS pump include:

  • Self-priming capability ensures the safe offloading of liquid.
  • Increased efficiency liquid ends for lower running costs.
  • Many compatible spares with other HMD Kontro GS range pumps.
  • Simple installation and easy to maintain onsite.

The larger Frame 1 version of the SPGS will handle flows to 25 m³/hr (110 gpm), heads to 52 m (170 ft), working pressures up to 10 bar / 145 psi and will operate in a temperature range of between -40 to 120°C (-40 to 250°F).

 

For further details of the SPGS, including to download the Technical Profile, please click here.

HMD Kontro SPGS – Self Priming General Service Sealless Magnetic Drive Pumps

On The Grid

HMD Kontro is delighted to be sponsoring Neil Jessop in this season’s Modified Ford Series. Neil was ready and almost on the starting grid for last season’s series when you could say the pandemic literally threw a ‘spanner into the works’. Not surprisingly, there was no racing last year, but Neil is more hopeful that there will be meetings this year as the UK begins to open up. He is prepared and raring to go and race in the Modified Ford Series in his Ford Escort sporting the HMD Kontro logo and brand.

Neil Jessop Car

 

HMD Kontro Branding Doing The Circuit

The series was established to provide ‘the place to race’ for the huge variation of modified Ford (production) cars that have been developed over the last fifty years. The classic Ford cars which must be pre-2010 race in various categories determined by their engine size. Neil and his Ford Escort will be racing in the 2.0 Litre class B, which also features Ford Sierras and Capris. The shiny black Escort is a 1978 Mark 2 classic car. However, Neil points out that all that remains of the original car is the shell as it has been completely refitted with modern racing components. The shiny black Ford Escort certainly stands out with its new livery including red and yellow stripes and orange HMD Kontro branding.

 

Modified Ford Series

The Modified Ford Series will comprise eight races at famous racetracks including Lydden Hill in Kent, Donnington Park and Mallory Park, both in Leicestershire, the Cadwell Park circuit in Lincolnshire referred to as the ‘Mini Nurburgring’ and Brands Hatch. Neil intends to go to as many as he can although distance sometimes dictates that this is not possible. Although the cars do not have speedometers, they can reach speeds of up to 140mph. Races involve fifteen minutes of qualifying to establish a grid position followed by two fifteen-minute races.

 

A racing love affair that started at Arlington race track

Neil Jessop joined HMD Kontro in 1998, just over twenty-two years ago and today he runs tests on the sealless pumps once they have been produced. Coincidentally, his love affair with cars and racing started at this time. It was at Arlington race track near Eastbourne where he first started racing stock cars and then went on to hot rods, racing on different tracks in the south east. A progression to circuit racing from the oval racetrack followed some ten years later. It was then that Neil started building his own cars including a Silhouette, based on a Peugeot 206, which is all pretty technical stuff involving a tubular chassis with fibreglass panels. However, for a pump test engineer, it’s just what comes naturally!

 

Opportunities with HMD Kontro

HMD Kontro is delighted to sponsor Neil in the forthcoming season of racing and demonstrates another way of how we help our staff. If you are looking to work for a progressive company that manufactures sealless pumps, please see www.hmdkontro.com/recruitment.

Think Sealless Savings – Why Sealless Pumps Save Money

Sealless pumps bring savings in time, resources, skill sets and ongoing maintenance, whilst also reducing health and safety risk and potential damage to the environment.

Time is money.  Whether you are the consultant, contractor or the client, reduced design and specification time, even the benefit of less HAZOPS and monitoring procedures, will contribute to faster project times. These then translate into lower costs and quicker implementation, such that a new or refurbished plant can be up and running much faster.

 

With sealless pumps, savings can be made at every stage of the project: design, engineering, procurement, installation, documentation and commissioning.  Then the time savings continue once the pumps are up and running. Less maintenance, longer time between failures (MTBF) and a more rapid return to operation, all contribute to enhanced profitability and margins.

Examples of how costs can be contained include the following:

  • Lower Installation Costs: No Large baseplate and foundation required, no Cooling water piping, less instrument wiring and connections, less instrument configuration (DCS) and no barrier fluid (first fill).
  • Lower Project Costs: Lower Project Costs: Less documentation for system and instrumentation with shorter specification times thanks to quicker HAZOP meetings, due in part to there being no need to consider the PED (Pressure Equipment Directive) and SIL(Safety Integrity Level) requirements.
  • Lower Operating Costs: No Repair or replacement of seals and bearings, no replenishment of barrier fluid, no maintenance hours to operate and maintain seal systems and less lost production during downtime, no removal of barrier fluid from product and no maintaining of seals on stand-by pumps.

 

The adoption of sealless pumps can achieve the step-change savings that are needed from concept to completion of your project and beyond, throughout the life of the pump.

Visit Think Sealless for further details.

New ASME B73.3 / ISO 2858 Sealless Pumps Availability

Modularity = Versatility / Reliability / Safety / Serviceability / Availability

The new HMD Kontro CSA (ASME) / CSI (ISO) sealless pump range, for chemical and industrial processes, is specifically designed for maximum part interchangeability, reduced inventory, ease of onsite servicing and future upgrade.

The new CSA / CSI range is quick to configure, easy to install and maintain a product line that has transformed how we now approach pump order fulfillment.

CSA CSI Availability

As pioneers of the magnetic drive pump, we have continued to develop and improve the technology to satisfy the specific requirements of the chemical industry, while embracing fully the benefits of modular design to cover a wide duty and application base.

The inventive design of the new CSA / CSI pumps enables them to be supplied in a multitude of configurations to exactly suit your application.  The product line is available throughout our global network of Channel Partners and given the enhanced level of inventory that has now also been made available, these units can be built and delivered to you within days for enhanced lead time capability and to meet your delivery needs and expectations.

The new CSA / CSI pumps are also fully supported by an in-house After Market team at HMD Kontro. From assistance with specification, installation and commissioning through to helping you optimise operating efficiency and spare part inventories; our experts are available to help.

Please click through for more information on the new CSA / CSI range including detailed product specifications, animation, podcasts etc.

HMD Kontro Encourages Women In Engineering

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, HMD Kontro has been at the forefront of encouraging women to take on engineering roles. We were therefore delighted to feature in the Business Edge magazine published by the Sussex Chamber of Commerce. Jenny Woollett, our HR Manager talks candidly about how HMD Kontro actively pushes for women to take up positions in engineering roles

Women in Engineering

 

That was not all! We also made it to the front cover of the magazine with Jo Whitling, one of our Technical Support Engineers, featuring with a picture taken in the reception area of our Eastbourne headquarters. It’s no secret that historically engineering has been a male-dominated industry, but HMD Kontro is helping to change this by encouraging more women to take up engineering, with the career opportunities it opens up.

 

HMD Kontro is a member of Women in Engineering Society (WES)

The Sussex Chamber of Commerce produces the Business Edge magazine six times a year. The April/May issue centres on the topic of Employment and Skills. As a company we actively push for women to take up engineering positions. Jenny discusses this in detail and also talks about how HMD Kontro became a member of the Women in Engineering Society (WES) in 2019.

This is a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists, which offers inspiration, support and professional development. Several employees from the company have been given annual individual WES membership so that they can reap as much as possible from this prestigious society, which boasts the largest network of women engineers in the UK. It highlights that HMD Kontro is fully committed to supporting WES in its campaign for gender diversity in engineering.

 

Women in engineering bring a diversity of skills and approaches

The article features two of those who perfectly highlight the increasing role that women are playing in engineering at HMD Kontro, namely Hannah Verrall, our Aftermarket Manager and Jo Whitling. They have been working for the company for nine and thirteen years respectively and are testament to HMD Kontro’s supportive culture. Both outline how they are able to have a well-balanced work and home life having young families. They come from contrasting backgrounds bringing a diversity of skills, approaches and opinions.

 

Hannah Verrall training to be a Chartered Engineer (CEng)

Hannah chose to study engineering at Cardiff University and is now training to be a Chartered Engineer (CEng). She joined HMD Kontro as a postgraduate with two years experience and now manages a team of six. CEng is an internationally recognised qualification, which will emphasise her professional competence and commitment as an engineer. Attaining this status will put her into a very select group. Current statistics suggest that less than 13% of all engineers are women with only 5% of registered engineers and technicians being female, which includes those having achieved Chartered (CEng) status.

 

Jo Whitling becomes an Engineering Technician (EngTech)

The article also features Jo Whitling, who always knew her career would involve doing something technical. Five years ago, an opportunity arose at HMD Kontro to train as an EngTech and Jo jumped at this. This qualification is a formal recognition of engineering skills and competence and a vital stepping stone towards becoming an Incorporated Chartered Engineer. In September 2020, Jo started an Electrical Installation course, which she hopes to complete soon.

 

Talks and workshops about ‘Women in Engineering’

Jo also went into Hastings College to talk about ‘Women in Engineering’ to the students before the pandemic. This is something that Jo and Hannah plan to continue and are looking forward to hearing from local schools and colleges who would be interested in talks and workshops once the restrictions are lifted.

 

Opportunities for female engineers with HMD Kontro

HMD Kontro is always looking towards recruiting more women in the roles of apprentices and engineers. For more details and a current list of vacancies at HMD Kontro and to register your interest if an opportunity becomes available, please visit: hmdkontro.com/recruitment. The Business Edge magazine article can be seen by going to pages 20 and 21 here: https://issuu.com/distinctivepublishing/docs/be60

Channel Partner Focus – UK: AVTPUMP

AVTPUMP - Channel Partner

AVTPUMP was formed in 1997 and has been a Tier 1 Channel Partner for HMD Kontro and Sundyne for over a decade now. The Company specialises in rotating equipment management, site services, training, supply and repair for a wide range of industry sectors including:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Chemical
  • Power Generation
  • Food & Beverage
  • Paper & Pulp
  • Water & Waste
  • General Industry

AVTPUMP offers high-quality, local facilities across the UK for new pump specification and supply, pump repairs, pump upgrades, and technical support. All major designs of pump are supported.  However, their specialism for Sealless equipment is key to the relationship with HMD Kontro.

AVTPUMP are not limited in the pumps that can be repaired or restricted by those relationships in place, ensuring they are uniquely independent offering the right pump for the duty every time where the HMD Kontro and ANSIMAG pumps are real problem solvers and meet the reliability focussed needs of the end-user customers.

The Company’s fully trained engineers and technical support staff are on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ensuring availability, whenever the need arises, to support processes and to ensure that pumps always perform.  A large stock holding of both HMD Kontro and ANSIMAG pumps enables them to be flexible and dynamic in support of customers to provide a quick response.  The extensive spares holding pushes this further with regular cases of repairs in under 24 hours and stock being shipped same day to support on-site requirements.

 

 

The AVPUMP team provide extensive training for both customers and their own apprentice scheme.  One of the apprentices, Liam, can be seen in this video passing his GT pump assessment.

Tony Gales, Managing Director of AVTPUMP, said: “The partnership between AVTPUMP and HMD Kontro has been a long and successful one bringing the highest OEM quality pump products to end-users with the local support needed to ensure the levels of service we expect of ourselves as a team and as required by the industry.”

Still Not Sure About Switching to Sealless?

See what you know – Read this article at Fluid Handling Pro

As much as sealless pumps are very much a proven technology, some specifiers in the chemical industry remain cautious about making the changeover from conventional sealed pumps.

Magnetic drive pumps have evolved to become a cost-effective and above all safe option for the transfer of fluids including those that are toxic, pungent, extremely hot or cold, corrosive or otherwise hazardous.

Often seen as the more expensive choice, when looked at as a whole-life proposition, sealless pumps are in fact a highly cost-effective alternative.

Fluid Handling Pro Article

Click the image above to read the full article on the Fluid Handling Pro website.

The latest article at Fluid Handling Pro, contributed by our own Darren Martin, examines how different pumps measure up across the issues faced by modern process plant operators and invites you to take a second look at sealless pumps.

Learn more at: https://fluidhandlingpro.com/fit-for-purpose-sealless-may-be-the-best-pumps-for-your-plant/

The Latest CSA / CSI Pumps

Compliance & Creativity Combine

Representing a leap in design and technology, our recently launched CSA / CSI range takes a modular approach to combining performance with durability and versatility while ensuring compliance to industry and regulatory ASME and ISO standards.

We have successfully created a range of pumps that are not only compliant with all relevant regulations, but also encompass the very latest in magnetic drive pump technology, material and technical advances, plus the accumulation of over seventy years of specialist sealless pump experience and expertise since we first invented the concept.

CSA1 - K5 - SM & CC - NEMA - NO BPLT

 

CSA Modularity = Versatility / Reliability / Safety / Serviceability / Availability

The new CSA and CSI Frame 1 sealless horizontal end suction centrifugal pumps for chemical and industrial processes, are specifically designed for maximum part interchangeability, for reduced inventory, for ease of onsite servicing and upgrade.  The CSA / CSI range has been developed to maximise uptime while delivering cost savings through improved lead times and efficiencies.

The new CSA / CSI pumps are available now from a network of trusted reseller HMD Kontro Channel Partners fully supported by an in-house After Market team. From assistance with installation and commissioning through to helping you optimise operating efficiency and spare part inventories, our experts are available to help

Please click here for more information on the new CSA / CSI range including detailed product specifications, then contact us for where you can purchase or with any questions.