Course 7



Monday March 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM CDT


Friday March 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM CDT




  University of Tennessee, Knoxville Campus
  The Learning Lab, Estabrook Building
  Knoxville, TN  


***Food/Drinks provided during breaks and lunch each day of training...

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University of Tennessee

Kim Kallstrom

Reliability Solutions

Terry Southall


What can you expect to learn in Essential Pumps Systems Skills?

Upon successful completion of this seminar, session participants will be able to detect early pump system failure symptoms, reduce premature failures,

and improve pump performance and system life using

learned inspection skills. Candidates will learn the

effects that piping size and design have on system

performance, asset life and the reliability of facility

pump systems. Participants will understand the five

types of “cavitation”, where they come from and how to

eliminate them. 

Candidates will be able to recognize and determine
whether pump faults and/or failures are related to
pump selection, incorrect assembly/installation or
operational system requirements. They will understand
the correct sequence to correctly disassemble, assemble and field install centrifugal pumps utilizing correct precision practices and tools. Attendees will learn about the different types of mechanical seals and seal flush plans and where each can best be utilized to maximize equipment life. Candidates will return to the facility with the ability to correctly identify, inspect and troubleshoot and suggest field corrections to resolve specific pipe and pump design problems, improve pump performance, and extend system life.

Subjects (included but not limited to):


  • Introduction to Pumps and Systems

  • Reliability Overview, sources of machinery failures

  • Types, principles & operation of pumps

  • Pump construction & inspection techniques

    • Fluid Properties     

  • Pump & system performance curves  


  • How operation affects pump reliability  


  • Flow induced failures     

  • Pump startup procedures   


  • Double pumping

    • Recognizing Incorrect

             Pump / System Design     

  • Pump troubleshooting, disassembly,

       inspection, assembly, design problems

       & piping losses​: Machine Frames/Bases     

  • Thermal growth


  • Piping supports     

  • Jacking bolts     

  • Grouting precautions

    • Compression Packing     

  • Types, removal and installation of braided compression packing   


  • Calculating packing size, amount, and ring length     

  • General packing instructions & adjustment     

  • Compression packing failure analysis

    • Mechanical Seals     

  • Mechanical seal types & component parts   


  • Mechanical seal operation & leak paths     

  • Environmental  controls     

  • Mechanical seal installation     

  • Troubleshooting/ failure analysis

    • Seal failure categories and common causes 


Target Participants:

ERMS  has been carefully designed for anyone who has a role in reliability including Production and Maintenance leaders, supervisors, engineers, and lead hands. Reliability leaders, managers and engineers. 




ERMS Bootcamp and Course 2 




4 1/2 days of formal training 

Registration Opening SOON!