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Vertical Lineshaft vs. Submersible Turbine Pumps: Which Offers More Benefits for my Application?

3/5/2021 12:00:00 AM

If you’re weighing the merits of installing either a vertical lineshaft turbine or a submersible turbine pump – you’ve probably wondering how to choose. What makes one the better option for a job? Here’s what our experts recommend you consider: Turbine Pumps Group Hero

  • Do you need the capability to replace your motor down the road? Motors in vertical lineshaft turbine installations are typically more accesible and therefore, are easier to replace.
  • What role does price play in your decision? With both types of pumps, pricing can depend on a lot of variables: How deep are you setting the system? What horsepower do you require? Smaller horsepower motors are typically less expensive in a submersible application.
  • Are you looking for quiet operation? If your well is close to visitors on a golf course or near residential areas, you want to keep noise at a minimum. In these applications, a submersible pump is the better choice since it operates at a lower decibel level.
  • How high of a flow rate do you require? Franklin Electric has submersibles with bowl sizes up to 12” from while our lineshaft pumps go up to 42” – making them better for very high-capacity applications.
  • How important are ease of installation and required maintenance? Submersible pumps feature fewer moving parts, which can mean easier initial installation and less scheduled maintenance down the road. Keep in mind, due to pre-lubrication requirements for lineshaft and bearings, vertical lineshaft turbines demand a more involved initial installation process than submersible pumps.

When it comes to application-specific considerations, take into account the following aspects of your installation:

  • Is your well straight or misaligned? If you’re installing a pump and you happpen to come across a misaligned well, a submersible pump is typically the better choice. A lineshaft and its bearings require a specific alignment – which can be challenging to achieve in a crooked well.
  • Do you need high flow from a reduced diameter borehole? Submersibles are typically operated at higher speeds than lineshafts, enabling them to move more water with a slimmer diameter pump.
  • Do you have top feeding well or open water application? If you are solving pumping needs for these applications, consider a vertical lineshaft turbine will not demand any cooling flow requirements due to its design, while a submersible turbine may require a flow sleeve to ensure cooling flow. 
  • Do you need a diesel-driven backup option? Vertical lineshaft pumps featuring a gear drive can deliver it.

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Franklin Electric offers a wide selection of both types of pumps, delivering flows up to 40,000 gallons per minute with heads that can go up to 2,500 feet deep.

Find the right pump for your application using FE Select:

Easily Configure Your Vertical Lineshaft Turbines With FE Select

1/21/2021 12:00:00 AM

Now, using FE Select, you can simplify your configuration tasks for FPS FVT Series Vertical Lineshaft Turbines and have the flexibility to focus on what matters most. FPS_FVT_Vertical _Turbine _142x 408

The new tool allows you to:

  • Reduce time when configuring bowl assemblies and overall length pumps, including all components: discharge head, motor, column, shaft, etc.
  • Facilitate pricing details to rapidly setup quotations / net pricing is also readily available for our distribution partners
  • Enhance your proposal documents with the general arrangement drawings for bowl assemblies and overall length products.

Start Configuring Now

Already familiar with FE Select? Begin configuring now!

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Watch our training webinar featured on featured on FranklinTECH Online to learn more about these enhanced features.

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VR SpecPAK: Your New Pressure Boosting System

1/6/2021 12:00:00 AM

Vr _specpak _angled _right _websiteFranklin Electric is bringing all the benefits of its high-performance VR Series Vertical Multi-Stage Pumps paired with premium efficiency TEFC motors and variable frequency drives to a new package: the VR SpecPAK™ Pressure Boosting System. This new package offers comprehensive compatibility across system components for the ultimate in performance and reliability as well as easy set-up and maintenance.

Key Benefits:

Get higher pressure where and when you need it
You can easily spec the VR SpecPAK to comply with pressure boosting needs in most commercial, industrial, or multi-residential applications for constant-pressure operation.

Premium offerings come standard
VR Series Vertical Multi-Stage Pumps feature 316 stainless steel wetted components for superior durability, efficiency, and performance over a wide variety of applications (except 30VR). NEMA Standard 3-phase Premium efficiency Motors with TEFC enclosures and inverter duty rating allow for local repairs and serviceability.

Streamline selection & quotations
Customers can easily size, configure, and quote the VR SpecPAK in one day using Franklin Electric’s industry-leading FE Select online tool. It navigates users through specific search criteria and generates draft submittal documents that include technical information for all components, including dimensional drawings, electrical diagrams, datasheets, curves, and more.

Easy set-up
All systems are fully tested and ship pre-programmed for easy startup on site. The color touchscreen and user interface assure an intuitive experience with minimal programming needed for adapting or changing application requirements

Support for the long-term
Franklin Electric supported apps allow you to receive alerts and provide support directly from a mobile device. You can get more done without being in front of the unit, including generating, signing, and emailing commissioning reports.

To learn more and see all of the components of the new VR SpecPAK, visit our product page or contact your Franklin Electric representative.

Seven Tips to Minimize Variable Frequency Drive Callbacks

11/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

VFD ArticleWouldn’t it be nice if you could eliminate or reduce callbacks on your water system installations? A big benefit of variable frequency drives (VFDs) – at least where water system professionals are concerned – is how they offer an array of monitoring and troubleshooting solutions. That’s why installing VFDs correctly is so important.

Franklin Electric product manager Terry Smith advises, “It’s the attention to detail that makes a difference when installing VFDs.” He gave Water Well Journal his advice for getting the most out a VFD install, weighing in on the Top Seven Tips to minimize VFD callbacks.

  1. Read the manual before you start: especially the safety tips
  2. Select the right drive for the application
  3. Avoid electronic interference with proper ground connections
  4. Choose the right wiring size for input & output
  5. Make sure the motor rotation is correct
  6. Use the right pressure sensor
  7. Set the overload

Check out the full article here to read more detail about these tips. 

Full-Featured for Your Application: Cerus X-Drive VFD

10/27/2020 12:00:00 AM

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Whether you install 100 drives a year or 10, you want to be up and running as quickly as possible. Franklin Electric’s new Cerus® X-Drive Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) is designed for intuitive and streamlined programming so users can get to full operational capabilities in less time – no matter what the application or market. Plus, the Cerus X-Drive has the ability to handle variable torque applications up to 700 horsepower, for more power when you need it; and energy-savings when you don’t. 

Key Product Features Include:

The right controller and firmware for various applications

The Cerus X-Drive VFD is loaded with application-specific firmware with enhanced settings that control and protect motors for the most demanding applications in municipal, mining, agricultural and commercial markets.

Easy programming; reduced learning curve

Get up and running in minutes, not hours, thanks to a large, easy-to-read display that allows you to navigate all of the drive’s main parameters without scrolling through multiple screens. Factory presets offer programming options that work in many applications, meeting industry standards for submersible and centrifugal pumps.

More power and control; smaller footprint

The 1/6 to 700-horsepower drive is more compact than similar drives in its class. The pre- and dual-PID control provides constant pressure and enhanced modes with external or cascade control options.

Reduced energy costs

By running the motor to meet the demand of your application, the Cerus X-Drive can reduce energy costs by up to 50%. Plus, the variable motor speed allows for soft start, protecting the life of the system and offering long-term savings.

Designed around your needs

Available in multiple packaged configurations, including submersible and centrifugal pumps, these panels are built to last, with every detail and component centered around your requirements.

Now Available: Pioneer Pump® Products on FE Select

10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM

We are excited to announce that products from Pioneer Pump®, a Franklin Electric brand, are now available for you to size and select* on FE Select. This update includes the addition of the following product lines under the Surface Pumping Systems category:

  • Pioneer Standard Centrifugal Pumps: Solids Handling, Clear Liquids & Vortex Series
  • Pioneer Prime: Solids Handling, Clear Liquids & Vortex Series
  • Pioneer Self-Priming: Wet Prime Series

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Locate Pioneer Pump products under Surface Pumping Systems product category

The newly launched Pioneer Pump products also offer an optional advanced selection mode for expert users to access the following features:

  • Multiple duty points
  • Selecting solids size and concentration of solids by volume
  • Advanced head loss module

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*Sizing and selecting are currently available in FE Select for Pioneer Pump products. New features and services will continue to launch on FE Select for Pioneer Pump products in the future, including configuring and pricing.

Franklin Electric's Vertical Lineshaft Turbine Pump Delivers a Fast Solution to a Major Issue

10/6/2020 12:00:00 AM

When Cross Creek Golf Club in Decatur, Indiana began experiencing irrigation issues, they assumed a recent lightning storm was the culprit. While lightning did knock out one of their motors, the course discovered a bigger issue: one of their inline turbine pumps was broken beyond repair.

Irrigation is serious business at Cross Creek, especially in the middle of one of the hottest and driest summers on record. A non-working system, as Brandon Razo, Superintendent at Cross Creek Golf Club, explained it, can quickly add up to hard and brittle playing surfaces and disappointed customers – not to mention the resulting costs in lost revenue and greens repairs. Fixing the equipment – without experiencing extended lead times – was essential to keep the golf course playable.

Cross Creek Golf Course worked with North American Pump Company to spec and install Franklin Electric’s Vertical Lineshaft Turbine Pump. Not only was the pump able to be on-site for the customer within days, it was also the right one for the job. With 27 holes across the 140-acre course, Cross Creek requires strong pumping power, and the turbine pump delivered. Razo noticed immediately how efficiently the vertical line shaft was, delivering consistent pressure across all irrigation heads. He could also run the entire sprinkler program overnight for more effective irrigation that also eliminated any daytime inconvenience for golfers.

To learn more about the pumping power of Franklin Electric’s Vertical Lineshaft Turbine and other products that can handle the toughest applications, visit or download our latest brochure here.

World-Class Pressure Boosting for State-of-the-Art Buildings

10/2/2020 12:00:00 AM

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Espresso, anyone? Adding employee-centric amenities - like a full-scale beverage station - to a workplace often means adding water pressure. Learn how Franklin Electric's Inline 1100 SpecPAK™ gave a tentat in New York's World Trade Center a turnkey solution: one that's compact, quiet, cost-effective and scalable.

Read our latest case study by clicking here

New Case Study: IGP Series Grinder Pumps

9/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

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Emergency repairs and maintenance costs add up quickly when it comes to unclogging sewer systems. Check out our latest case study which details a cost-effective and reliable upgrade made to an outdated and underperforming sewer pump station system with our IGP Series Grinder Pumps.

Read and download the case study by clicking here

Unlocking Your Pump's Potential in Mining Applications

9/8/2020 12:00:00 AM

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In the mining industry, pump efficiency and reliability are essential for profitable operations. With so many application needs – including general dewatering, slurry and tailings removal, source and process water, truck washing, and dust suppression – how can you maximize your pumps’ performance? While most of the mining industry relies on diesel-driven pump packages, portable electric-driven pumps are emerging as another popular choice – one that offers application versatility, as well as performance and return on investment (ROI) benefits compared to diesel. 

Read our recent article in Pumps & Systems Magazine to learn the differences between electric and disel-driven pump packages  - and how to use each to optimize performance in mining applications.