Franklin Electric is a manufacturer of submersible pumps, fueling systems and other applications such as submersible electric motors and center pivot irrigation systems. Founded in 1944 in Bluffton, Indiana, the company moved its corporate headquarters to nearby Fort Wayne, Indiana in summer 2013. The company has 20 facilities in 13 countries.Until 2004, Franklin Electric was primarily a supplier to OEMs such as ITT/Goulds and Pentair. Franklin shifted the business focus from being a motor OEM to being a supplier of ground water pumping products. The company has made a series of acquisitions in the water pumping industry, including The Little Giant Pump Company, JBD , Monarch Pumps, Centrifugal pump lines from Pioneer Pump, CAL pumps, Western Pump, Schneider Motobombas, Denorco Pumps, and a controlling share of Vertical Pumps of Italy. The company also manufactures pump products for agriculture irrigation and dewatering, coal bed methane, sump, sewage, and effluent, water gardening, OEM submersible electric motors, and the fluid fueling industry. It has manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, China, and Japan. Wikipedia.
Roberts B.P.,Franklin Electric |
Proceedings of the IEEE | Year: 2011
The adoption of Smart Grid devices throughout utility networks will effect tremendous change in grid operations and usage of electricity over the next two decades. The changes in ways to control loads, coupled with increased penetration of renewable energy sources, offer a new set of challenges in balancing consumption and generation. Increased deployment of energy storage devices in the distribution grid will help make this process happen more effectively and improve system performance. This paper addresses the new types of storage being utilized for grid support and the ways they are integrated into the grid. © 2011 IEEE.
Franklin Electric | Date: 2014-02-21
This disclosure relates to a power conversion system to power a variable impedance load with a variable power source, the power conversion system comprising a power converter including input terminals adapted to receive variable power from the variable power source and output terminals providing a converted power to the variable impedance load based on the variable power received at the input terminals. The power converter increases the input voltage to an output voltage. The power converter is configured to reflect a source impedance of the variable power source to the variable impedance load.
Franklin Electric | Date: 2014-07-16
Enclosures with wireless communication features comprise an internal wireless link. A communication module communicates with the internal wireless link and also with a user input device to transfer information received from the user input device to the internal wireless link.
Franklin Electric | Date: 2015-01-22
A pump and a method of operating the pump at a duty-cycle based on the input voltage of the power source energizing the pump. The pump includes at least a first opto-coupler electrically coupled, to the power source. The method includes detecting at least a first opto-coupler state transition; determining a zero-crossing of the input voltage; determining an elapsed time between the zero-crossing and the first opto-coupler state transition; and operating the pump by energizing a power switch at a duty-cycle based on the elapsed time.
Franklin Electric | Date: 2013-12-10
A pressure boosting system and a method of using the same to increase fluid pressure in a fluid distribution system are disclosed. The pressure boosting system may be installed in-line with the fluid distribution system.
Franklin Electric | Date: 2013-08-15
An electric submersible progressing cavity pump (ESPCP) assembly that restricts reverse rotation of the pump motor and provides for efficient motor shutdown in the event of reverse rotation is disclosed. When the ESPCP rotates in a reverse direction, components associated with the rotating motor shaft stop rotation of the shaft to increase the torque and current of the motor, and the increased torque/current on the motor actuates a torque or current limit switch to shut off the motor. Also, particle and gas separation mechanisms are disclosed, which separate particulates and gas from the fluid flowing into the pump so that the fluid that reaches the rotor and stator assembly has a higher proportion of liquid than the resident well fluid.
Franklin Electric | Date: 2013-03-15
A portable fluid pump including a frame; a first fuel reservoir having a first upper boundary; a second fuel reservoir having a second upper boundary; an engine disposed laterally between the first and second fuel reservoirs; and a pump disposed laterally between the first and second reservoirs. The pump includes an intake pipe having a central axis; the central axis passing through a first point that is located less than two inches above the first upper boundary.
Franklin Electric | Date: 2014-08-28
A system and a method for driving an electrical motor with a drive unit including a wireless transceiver. A user may wirelessly couple a user input device with the transceiver, and use a drive application to, optionally, update configuration information including drive control parameters, update application logic residing in the drive unit, and/or upload performance parameters.
Franklin Electric | Date: 2015-02-19
A self-priming centrifugal pump has enhanced efficiency and performance characteristics and/or features which facilitate installation, inspection and maintenance of the pump. For efficiency and performance, the pump may include a smooth fluid flow path which enhances pump output for a given input power, including one or more of a specially shaped and directed volute discharge, a lack of internal stiffening ribs on the pump casing walls, a necked inlet and a rounded, flow-channeling outlet aperture. For maintenance and serviceability, the pump may include one or more of a coarse-threaded drive shaft and impeller with a concentricity feature, a combination port for both filling the casing and accessing the inlet flapper valve, and a drive disassembly system which facilitates attachment or removal of the drive system from the pump.
Franklin Electric | Date: 2014-03-14
A pumping system and method for operating a pumping system including a motor coupled to a variable speed drive to drive a pump. A torque indicator corresponding to the torque presented to the drive is determined. The torque indicator may be used to detect a fault if it exceeds a baseline torque, or to detect a defective transducer, or to detect a system change by perturbing one parameter and comparing another to a predicted value.