april 22-24, 2020

pumps & systems 101

A Live Training Event

Marriott Chicago o’hare 

8535 W. higgins Road

Chicago, il 60631

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                                                       Early bird                            Standard (After March 1)
Basic:                                                   $899                                      $999
VIP (includes offsite plant tour): $949                                      $1,049

We hear it from readers and industry experts all the time—industry newcomers need basics training.

This series of classes will provide that training from some of the pump world’s best instructors, as well as a chance to network and meet the Pumps & Systems editors.


  • Basics of pump applications
  • Understanding NPSH
  • How to read a pump curve
  • Issues related to AC induction motors
  • Root cause failure analysis


  • Engineers
  • Operation & maintenance end users
  • Distributors
  • Newcomers to the pumps industry
  • All process industries—water/wastewater, food & beverage, oil & gas, chemical, power gen
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Day One, April 22


5 - 6:30 PM

Check-in, registration

Cocktail event with Welcome from Pumps & Systems

Day Two, April 23

Session topics and speakers are subject to change.


7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration continues

Continental breakfast


8:30 - 10:00 AM

Understanding Pump Curves 1

Jim Elsey, Pumps & Systems Columnist

In this class you will learn about the most common reasons why pumps fail and the basics of pump applications, selection and operations. You will also learn the basics of fluid dynamics and pump rotor dynamics. How to read and understand a pump curve will also be reviewed, so users can understand why a pump operates where it does on the curve. Finally, we will review why most pump issues occur on the suction side and “How to be a Pump Detective” to discover the root cause of any issue—is it a pump problem, a system problem or an operations problem?


10 - 10:15 AM

Break (snacks provided)


10:15 - 11:45 AM

Understanding Pump Curves 2

Jim Elsey, Pumps & Systems Columnist

Continuing from lesson 1, we will explore net positive suction head (NPSH) and why it is a misunderstood factor, as well has how to avoid common mistakes with NPSH. We will learn what cavitation really is and how to avoid it, diving into 5 issues that are often confused with cavitation. Finally, we will learn why the purchase price of a pump is the lowest portion of a pump’s total cost.


11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Networking and Q&A Lunch (provided)


1:15 - 2:15 PM

AC Motor Troubleshooting 1

William Livoti, Pumps & Systems Columnist

A large portion of industrial pumping systems are driven by alternating current (AC) induction motors. With the industry focus on energy efficiency, as well as reliability, it makes sense to enhance one’s understanding of the individual system components—in this case the AC induction motor. We will look at how grease or oil dripping from the bearing housing occurs, and also why high vibration occurs. There are several reasons for these anomalies, and we will discuss methodologies for identifying the root cause of said anomalies as well as other motor-related issues.


2:15 - 2:30 PM

Break (snacks provided)


2:30 - 3:30 PM

AC Motor Troubleshooting 2

William Livoti, Pumps & Systems Columnist

Continuing from lesson 1, we will continue to discuss the root cause of the anomalies that sometimes occur with AC induction motors. We will also discuss whether your company has an established troubleshooting procedure and/or failure analysis process. We will look into motor repair specifications that must be addressed, as well as vendor survey qualification procedures.


3:30 - 3:45 PM

Break (snacks provided)


3:45 - 4:45 PM

Centrifugal Pumps vs. Positive Displacement Pumps

Herb Tackett, Hydro Training Center

Day Three, April 24 (OPTIONAL)


8:15 AM

Depart hotel by bus


8:30 – 12:30 PM

Exclusive VIP behind-the-scenes tour of a major Chicago area wastewater plant
(Limited to 25 registrants)


12:30 PM

Arrive back to hotel by bus


What food will be provided?

On April 22, there will be a cocktail reception with light appetizers. On April 23, a continental breakfast, lunch and all-day snacks will be provided.

What if I have dietary needs?

You may email your concerns to pumpeditors@cahabamedia.com. Please be specific (gluten free, vegetarian, allergic to shell fish, etc.)

What happens if there is a schedule change?

If the schedule must change due to weather or other happenstance, you will receive an app notification. You will be provided with information about how to proceed.

What do I do if I find out I can’t come after I’ve registered?

You may transfer your registration to someone else at any time. Please email those changes to pumpeditors@cahabamedia.com. Include your registration confirmation number and the information for the new registrant.

What is the cancellation policy?

After registering for the Event, if you cancel your attendance more than 5 weeks prior to the date of the Event, you will receive a 50% refund of the amount of your payment. If you cancel within 5 weeks of the date of the Event, you will not be eligible for a refund; however, substitutions may be arranged at the sole discretion of CMG. To cancel your attendance or transfer registration to a different attendee, please contact CMG at pumpeditors@cahabamedia.com and we will respond to your request within 2 business days.

How do I get my certificates of completion?

When you enter each classroom, make sure that your badge is scanned. The certificates will be sent via the event app to you automatically. You will receive a certificate for each class attended. Remember to have your badge scanned as you enter the classroom.

What should I bring with me to the training?

Please bring your ID to registration.

Can I get a copy of the presentations?

Yes. The presentations will be available via the Expo Pass event app.

What should I wear?

This event will include classroom training only, so casual business attire will be appropriate. If you are attending the plant tour, please wear close-toed shoes.

Who do I contact with questions?

Please email pumpeditors@cahabamedia.com, or call the Pumps & Systems Editor in Chief Alecia Archibald at 205-278-2843.


Chicago Marriott O’Hare

8535 W Higgins Road

Chicago, IL 60631

(773) 693-4444

Chicago Marriott O'Hare

Still have questions?
Contact us!

Email us at pumpeditors@cahabamedia.com

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