An Open Letter To The Pump Industry
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Every industrial process which underlies our modern civilization involves the transfer of liquids from one level of pressure or static energy to another level, and, as a result, pumps have become an essential part of all industrial processes. Carried further, this means that pumps are an integral part of all modern economic and social development. If this be so, it follows that the role of the pump industry in our economy must be much more than the development of various lines of pumps, the selling of these pumps, and their manufacturing. It must also include efforts to build more efficient and longer-lived equipment-to do so with a lesser expenditure of natural resources, and to educate pump users in the practices which in turn consume less energy, provide trouble-free operation for longer periods of time and reduce the incidence of sudden premature failure. The recent setbacks to the U.S. economy have led to the conclusion that we have lost our competitive edge in the area of innovation and that the dangers we continue to face are created by the fact that short range goals to often outweigh long range thinking in the American industrial planning process. This accusation is quite valid and could easily be documented. But it is not our intention to point the finger at whoever it is who “killed cock robin.” Instead, we want to protect the cock robins of tomorrow and –if we may stretch the metaphor a bit further- to build a defense wall around the proverbial goose whose sole function in life is to lay golden eggs. There are the considerations which have led us to prepare this open letter to the pump industry, an industry to which we have devoted our entire professional career. And what we are going to say is buttressed by three fundamental concepts: • The need for technological change is predictable • The direction of technological change is predictable • The time when we must take action is predictable…and it is now!
Karassik, Igor J.; McGuire, J. T. (1988). An Open Letter To The Pump Industry. Turbomachinery Laboratories, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from