Diesel Fire Pump Testing & Startup – Part II

Fire pump testing and startup procedures don’t have to be a mystery. At Steven Brown & Associates, we’ve developed a lot of information on this popular topic over the years, and that was the inspiration behind our two-part blog series. Part one was about electric fire pump testing and startup, and today we dive into diesel fire pump testing and startup.

Following these guides will help you to avoid unnecessary and wasteful job site costs caused by improper fire pump testing procedures, and what business couldn’t use a little extra money in the account as the year comes to a close?

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Fire Pump Testing & Startup – Part I

As the Mid-Atlantic region’s trusted source for fire pump sales and service, we’re often asked about fire pump testing and startup procedures. This was the inspiration behind the two part blog series we’re starting today, and it begins with electric fire pumps. Part two of this series will cover diesel fire pumps, so keep an eye on our blog if that will be of interest to you.

Following this guide will help you to avoid unnecessary and wasteful job site costs caused by improper fire pump testing procedures.

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Steven Brown to Speak at 2017 ASCET Conference

ascet logoOur own president and CEO Steven Brown will be making the trip to the Valley Forge Casino and Spa in King of Prussia on November 9, 2017 to speak at the annual American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians conference. Learn more about the ASCET conference and what Steven will be speaking about below.

What is the ASCET conference?

The 2017 ASCET conference is billed as a “can’t miss event for engineering technicians in the alarm, sprinkler, civil and security professions.” There are numerous benefits to attending, including:

  • Discovering the latest products and technologies
  • Attending training sessions on the latest advancements
  • Pursuing continuing professional development that counts towards your NICET recertification (up to 9!)

When is it?

Registration for those who don’t pre-register starts at 7 AM and runs through 8 AM on Thursday, November 9. You can tour the expo hall and visit with vendors from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, then attend a social hour and awards ceremony from 4:30 PM to 6 PM. Continue reading

Why Choose Steven Brown & Associates for Fire Pump Sales & Service?

headerShopping for fire pumps, fire pump parts, and jockey pumps is a little different than hopping online and shopping for other commercial items. In our line, people’s lives are at stake if something goes wrong, so it’s critical to align yourself with a trusted name in the market.

That trusted name for those of you in the Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania region should be Steven Brown & Associates, and here are just a few reasons why:

  1. Experience – We’ve been blessed with over 50 years’ combined experience in the industry, and have become a leader both offline, with conference presentations and online with our successful blog. We’ve assisted with thousands of successful fire pump and controller installations, and continue to adapt and evolve as fire pump technology improves. Special fire pump applications are no problem for our team- we’ve performed quite a few, including:
  • Vertical turbine fire pumps
  • Single phase fire pumps
  • 2-phase conversions
  • Positive-to-negative ground diesel engine conversions
  • Pressure reducing valve use and correct application
  • Installations in lieu of main relief valve
  • Suction control valve applications
  • Variable speed control on both electric and diesel-driven fire pumps
  • Skid-mounted and prepackaged fire pump assemblies
  • Packaged fire pump houses
  • And much more!

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Fire Pump Packing Failures

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Your trusty old fire pump’s packing has failed. Bad! Fortunately, you’ve found your way to this page, where we’ll be happy to guide you through the repair. (We can do more than that too, if you need our help. See the last paragraph.)

Most packing, if properly maintained during the pump’s operation, should last around 2 to 3 years.  When it is time to replace it, how much of a project it is depends on the type of fire pump you have.  A horizontal (or vertical) split-case design, where packing exists on either side of the pump impeller, is more challenging because it can be difficult removing the old packing without removing the top half of the pump casing.  Some people just try to pull out the packing without removing the pump casing, but we do not advise doing that.  Not only can you possibly miss some remaining packing in the pump interior, but placing new packing into the pump will be equally challenging.  The proper job requires safe and clean access to all pump packing rings, and for a split-case pump design, that often means removing the top half of the pump casing.   This is challenging work, so be sure to consult the professionals to ensure that the pump components are properly installed, and the the pump is reassembled correctly.  If you have a vertical inline pump, the packing is usually very easy to reach without disassembling the pump. Continue reading

Why is FM Approval Important?

Many folks often recognize the UL (Underwriters Laboratory) Listing and FM (Factory Mutual) Approvals marks, but few understand what each of these marks means. If you’re a regular follower of the Steven Brown & Associates blog, you’ll know we recently outlined the meaning behind a UL Listing mark. Today we wanted to dive into FM Approval, and exactly what that means in relation to the realm of fire pumps.

Factory Mutual (FM) Global is similar to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in that they both are focused on safety. FM Approvals is the independent testing division of FM Global, and it focuses on researching and testing all products to ensure that they meet only the highest standards for property loss prevention and safety. Continue reading

What does it mean to be UL Listed?

Throughout our website you may have noticed reference to our selection of fire pumps meeting the stringent requirements of Underwriters Laboratories (UL). We wanted to elaborate on what this means for anyone who may be unfamiliar with this classification.

First, it’s good to know that Underwriter’s Laboratory is a company that has been in business for a long time. In 1894, William Shields opened the Underwriters’ Electrical Bureau, and on March 24 of that year, the bureau conducted its first test, on non-combustible insulation material. Since then, UL has grown steadily and expanded its services into many different fields.

UL’s focus is strictly on the safety of manufacturers, retailers, consumers and others involved with the products that bear a UL Mark. Approved to perform safety testing by OSHA, UL provides a variety of inspections, training and other services designed at helping to make the world safer.

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Manufacturer Spotlight Series: Tornatech

ViZiTouch V2 color touch screen Throughout the month of January, Steven Brown & Associates is celebrating the manufacturers who make our jobs much easier by offering superior products at great prices. The first three manufacturers detailed in our series were Aurora, Metron and Peerless Pumps, so if you missed any of those we encourage you to check them out through the links provided.

Last but certainly not least in our fire pump spotlight series are the folks headquartered in Montreal, Canada: Tornatech. Tornatech specializes in the conception and manufacturing fire pump controllers listed by UL and approved by FM, and of course built in accordance with the NFPA 20.

With over 30 years of experience, Tornatech has stood out amongst its competitors by offering the following benefits:

  • Innovative products
  • Premium quality
  • ISO 9000 certification
  • Cost-effective
  • World class customer service
  • International presence

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Manufacturer Spotlight Series: Peerless Pumps

peerless-logoThroughout the month of January, Steven Brown & Associates is celebrating the manufacturers who make our jobs much easier by offering superior products at great prices. The first two manufacturers detailed in our series were Aurora and Metron, so if you missed either of those two, we encourage you to check them out.

Next up in our fire pump spotlight series is Peerless Pump. A recent addition to the Steven Brown & Associates lineup of fire pumps, Peerless Pump is one of the largest manufacturers of vertical pumps in the industry. Not only does Peerless Pump feature top-quality, reliable fire pumps, it also carries fire pump drives, controls, accessories and more. Continue reading

Manufacturer Spotlight Series: Metron

TMetron-open-smallhroughout the month of January, Steven Brown & Associates will celebrate the manufacturers who make our jobs easier by offering superior products at great prices. The first in our series focused on our friends at Aurora pump, so if you missed that blog post, be sure to go back and check it out.

Next in our fire pump spotlight series is Metron Fire Pump Control Division of Hubbell Industrial Controls. For those of you who follow our blogs, you may remember our post about Hubbell launching a new line of Metron advanced, compact fire pump controllers last year, which has generated an enthusiastic customer response.

This success is not unexpected, as we’ve witnessed the benefits of Metron firsthand and are proud to offer the line to our customers. Here is what helps Metron stand apart from the competition:

  • High quality fire pump controls and accessories.
  • Approval by the most demanding regulatory group in the electrical industry – Underwriters’ Laboratories, Inc. – which ensures the highest levels of safety and reliability

Metron’s dedication to quality, safety, and reliability helps explain our customers’ loyalty to their product offerings, including: Continue reading