The 5th Annual Middle East Pump Conference and Exhibition has been announced and will take place in Eilat, Israel over the 3rd to 6th of December this year.

The conference seeks to provide maintenance, engineering and reliability professionals working in pump related industries with hands on training and includes a number of panels chaired by Pump Industry magazine contributor Dr. Lev Nelik.

The training provided is perfect for those new to pump applications, or as a refresher to keep pump veterans up to date with the latest in pump theory, applications and repair and maintenance techniques.

Interested parties can also email specific questions throughout the year to be answered at the conference.


Wednesday, December 3: Welcome address, Social, Dinner.

Thursday, December 4:

9:00 – 11:15:  Session #1 Centrifugal Pumps, Chair: Dr. Lev Nelik, P.E., Pumping Machinery, LLC

– Hydraulics, performance curves (flow, head, power, NPSH, efficiency) and pump design methods to improve operation and save energy

– Effect on pump performance by VFD speed control – Affinity Laws – via actual example

– Suction side – Nss and Suction Energy as criteria for selecting major, important (critical), and high flow turbine pumps – why pumps fail due to high Suction Energy

– Design effects on performance and NPSH, cavitation and suction recirculation issues

  • International Efficiency Standards comparison: US –  Europe – Israel
  • Focus on Efficiency and Energy Savings – live test of a single pump and two pumps in parallel operation: construction of head-capacity, power, and efficiency curves
  • Mechanical and structural considerations
  • Installations and Systems issues, with troubleshooting methods

11:30 – 13:00:  Session #2 Testing of Live Pumps – single centrifugal, two pumps in parallel, Chair: Dr. Lev Nelik, P.E., Pumping Machinery, LLC

  • Hands-on work: re-assembly of a live pump
  • Pump performance live testing
  • Mechanical Seals and Packings – why and when

14:00 – 15:30: Session #3: Alignment and Balancing – Chair: Dr. Lev Nelik, P.E., Pumping Machinery, LLC

– Hands-on exercise of field balancing of the rotors by trial weight method

  • Motor-to-pump alignment effect on motor operation – hands-on alignment exercise
  • Piping alignment procedure
  • Overall vibration level limits versus FFT spectral analysis; interpretation of amplitude-frequency versus amplitude-time wave form

16:00 – 17:30: Session #4 “Field Case Study – Problem Solving Example and Troubleshooting of a large vertical pump suction problem” – Chair: Michael Benjamin, Mekorot

Friday, December 5: Dedicated to answering specific emailed questions. For the growing question list, see the conference website.

More information and registration details can be found on the conference website.


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