A training aid developed by Hydro Innovations won the company peer
recognition at the Pump Industry Association (PIA) annual general meeting last
November. Hydro Innovations won the 2017 Industry Innovation Award presented by
the PIA for a new test loop system designed to train operators in pump
hydraulics, troubleshooting and maintenance.
The Industry Innovation Award was launched in 2016 to recognise and encourage
new products and techniques that will help the Australian pump industry stay on
top of the global pump industry. Zach Jerla from Hydro Innovations accepted the
2017 award from PIA President Dave Alexander.
Hydro Innovations is the exclusive distributor of Gorman-Rupp pumps in Australia,
well-known worldwide for their self-priming centrifugal wastewater pump
The test loop system is part of the Hydro Innovations Pump Institute, the
company’s training centre, and used to demonstrate to engineers how self-priming
pumps can deliver benefits to their projects.
One of the many training aids employed at the centre, the test loop
system was developed in-house with inputs from Gorman-Rupp as well as other
Gorman-Rupp distributors to demonstrate the priming and re-priming capability
of Gorman-Rupp wastewater pumps.
Hydro Innovations General Manager, Garry Grant said the test loop system
was developed to train their customers in the application of self-priming
pumps, and help them understand the benefits of safety and lifecycle cost
savings that Gorman-Rupp self-priming wastewater pumps could deliver to asset
It also demonstrates the accuracy of the liquid level control system and
the value of the developed mode of operation in clearing all of the solids contents
within wastewater wet wells with each and every pump cycle, while reducing
Mr Grant said it was an honour to be selected as the winner of the
innovation award presented by the peak body in the Australian pump industry.
The Hydro Innovations Pump Institute houses a variety of training assets
on two floors. While the training focuses on self priming pumps, the curriculum
also includes training on standard centrifugal and other types of pumps.
Hydro Innovations was nominated for the award by a number of workers in
the pump industry who had attended training sessions at the facility.