The 10-year Anniversary of “Operator’s Guide to Centrifugal Pumps”

The 10-year Anniversary of “Operator’s Guide to Centrifugal Pumps”

Operator's guide to Centrifugal Pumps“It was 10 years ago on July 7th, 2007 when the idea of writing my first book popped into my head. The book was eventually titled, “Operator’s Guide to Centrifugal Pumps.” The concept for the book came at a time when we were having a lot of pump problems in the facility where I was working".

 

This month Robert X. Perez celebrates his 10 year ago published best seller "Operator's Guide to Centrifugal Pumps". Apart from another 7 books to follow, Robert also wrote the popular course "Centrifugal Pump Training". Popular among Plant operators, operations supervisors, plant managers, project engineers, reliability engineers and managers, maintenance engineers and managers.

 

 


 

Introduction to "Centrifugal Pump Training"

 

Centrifugal Pump TrainingThe ever-present centrifugal pump is a critical component of most processes, tirelessly moving fluids, ranging from the innocuous to the toxic and flammable, from one stage of a process to the next. Without highly trained and confident operators to control and watch over these process machines, we will never realize the full potential of our complex processes.


This course, while specifically developed for process operators who regularly deal with centrifugal pumps, can serve a wide range of training needs. The information contained in this course is of immense value for maintenance, reliability professionals and engineers who regularly detail with this equipment. The training materials address key pump variables and factors under the operator’s control, while minimizing the use of design theory and mathematics.

 

The following topics will be covered:

 

1. Importance of equipment reliability and what role operators play in this mission

2. Centrifugal pump operating characteristics

3. Mechanical seals and their related seal flush plans

4. What operators should know about electric motors

5. Lubrication basics

6. Troubleshooting basics

7. How to start a pump reliability program

 

By the end of the course, participants should possess a clear understanding of how to operate and monitor their centrifugal pumps to ensure reliable and trouble-free operation.

 

What will I learn during the training?


  1. The importance of equipment reliability and what role operators play in this mission.
  2. Understanding centrifugal pump operating characteristics
  3. Understanding mechanical seals and their related seal flush plans.
  4. How to start a centrifugal pump
  5. Troubleshooting basics
  6. How to start a pump reliability program

 What will I do with my training      


  1. Be able to track and interpret basic pump reliability parameters in order to improve mechanical reliability at your site.
  2. Be able to review centrifugal pump design documents and understand their basic performance characteristics.
  3. Be able to identify common seal flush plans and how they function.
  4. Be able to safely startup centrifugal pumps for various situations, such as after a repair, when there is no back- pressure
    present when the pump is proven, etc.
  5. Be able to address problematic pumps by  identifying common pump symptoms and understand what the symptoms might
    be telling you.
  6. Learn the 10 vital steps required to start a successful reliability program

What will I gain from the training?


  • This course provides those who regularly deal with centrifugal pumps new insight into how their internal components function and what is required for reliability operation.
  • The student will gain an overall understanding of how centrifugal pumps fit into process systems and when how they should be operated to maximize their reliability and minimize their cost of ownership.
  • By the end of the course the student should leave with a deeper under- standing of centrifugal pump operations and feel more empowered to affect the site’s overall reliability after they return to work.

Target Audience 

 

  1. Plant operators, operations supervisors, plant managers, project engineers, reliability engineers and managers, maintenance engineers and managers will all benefit from attending this course.
  2. Anyone who depends on centrifugal pumps to power their processes should consider attending.
  3. Novices as well as seasoned veterans of the process industry will find the course material fresh and relevant to their current job assignments.

 

What’s included in the Course: 

 

Module  1     - The Operator’s Mission

Module  2     - Centrifugal Pump Primer, Part 1

Module  3     - Centrifugal Pump Primer, Part 2

Module  4     - Centrifugal Pump Primer, Part 3

Module  5     - How to Protect Your Mechanical Seals

Module  6     - Motors 101 for Operators

Module  7     - Pump Lubrication in Nutshell

Module  8     - 10 ways to protect your pumps

Module  9     - How to start-up a centrifugal pump, part 1

Module 10    - How to start-up a centrifugal pump, part 2

Module 11    - Introduction to Field Troubleshooting

Module 12    - The Road to Reliable Pumps

 

For more information see introduction video:

 

Video about Centrifugal Pump Training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price Information


For registration/price information please visit our site.

New customers get a 15% introduction discount.

 

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About the Lecturer:

 

Robert X. Perez 

Robert X. Perez - author

Robert has 30 years of rotating equipment experience in the petrochemical industry. He earned a BSME degree from Texas A&M University (College Station), a MSME degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a licensed P. E. in the state of Texas.

 

Mr. Perez served as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he developed and taught the Engineering Technology Rotating Equipment course. 

 

“It was 10 years ago on July 7th, 2007 when the idea of writing my first book popped into my head. The book was eventually titled, “Operator’s Guide to Centrifugal Pumps.” The concept for the book came at a time when we were having a lot of pump problems in the facility where I was working. 

 

I never thought I would eventually would write a total of 8 books. It’s been an exciting journey through the process of writing, publishing, and marketing my books. The central theme across all my books is that reliability best practices are vital if you want a safe and reliable plant”. 

Here is a complete list of the books to date:

1.     Operator’s Guide to Centrifugal Pumps (Volumes 1): Xlibris 2009

2.     Operator’s Guide to Centrifugal Pumps (Volumes 2): Xlibris 2015

3.     Is My Machine OK?: Industrial Press 2011

4.     Illustrated Dictionary of Essential Process Machinery Terms: Diesel Publications 2013

5.     Operator’s Guide to Rotating Equipment: AuthorHouse 2014

6.     How to Select the Right Centrifugal Pump: AuthorHouse 2015

7.     Troubleshooting Rotating Machinery: Wiley Scrivener 2016

8.     Operator’s Guide to General Purpose Steam Turbines: Wiley Scrivener 2016