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Getting into the flow at Grundfos

Dan Sykes, newly-appointed Grundfos Marketing Project Manager

Grundfos Ireland has appointed Dan Sykes as its new Marketing Project Manager. With a decade of marketing experience under his belt, Dan has worked in a variety of B2B and B2C industries including real estate, web hosting and business software.

When asked about his thoughts on joining Grundfos, Dan said: “I’m delighted to be part of such an innovative and socially-responsible company. What Grundfos is doing for the climate and global water crisis is exceptional and I’m excited to be part of a process that makes homes and businesses more energy efficient using Grundfos technology.”

Born and raised in Hamilton, ON, Canada, Dan attended McMaster University where he studied English, communications and marketing. He has worked in Canada, England and Ireland, and now brings this combined experience to his new role.

BPMA CE Marking Guidance Course  

Non-compliant pumping equipment remains a major problem and the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) is keen to ensure that all assembled equipment, with liquid pumps associated within the build, are placed on the market and put into service correctly. Companies that build pumping equipment, such as pressurisation units, booster sets, rainwater harvesting tanks, sewage stations or bespoke equipment must be able to demonstrate that the products meet applicable EU requirements, are correctly CE marked, and are placed on the market with the correct Declaration of Conformity.

Concerned that many companies still do not meet these obligations under current legislation, the BPMA configured this training course to specifically address this key issue. This course seeks to provide the information and skills required to understand Self Cert CE Marking Essentials and enable compliance with a range of Directives, Regulations and EN Standards. It will also cover other related product certification and documentation issues.

The Course will be held at the BPMA offices in West Bromwich in the UK on Tuesday, February next, and will run from 10:30am to 4pm. Attendance is open to both BPMA Members and Non-Members.

To find out more about the course, or to book a place, call Steve Smith on +44 (0)121 601 6691 or email him on s.smith@bpma.org.uk.


Pumps – don’t leave ErP compliance to chance …

ErP DiceIf a consultant, distributor, wholesaler or contractor is unsure of the date of manufacture, the serial number normally contains the first four digits noting the month and year of manufacture. Therefore, with regard to the old uncontrolled products, this should not be after December 2012. In instances where there are no detailed pump markings, especially in relation to the year of manufacture, caution is obviously advised, as all ErP compliant pumps will be CE marked with the EEI (Energy Efficiency Index) label on the pump.

While it is up to the relevant authorities to monitor the marketplace and take appropriate action where non-compliant products are identified, it is important that everyone involved in the pump sector takes responsibility for this matter.

Consultants, contractors, wholesalers and distributors have a duty to ensure that the pumps they recommend and offer to clients comply with the ErP regulatory requirements. They are also professionally obligated to provide the best value and most energy-efficient products available.

The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources is the designated Market Surveillance Authority in Ireland for the EU Directives on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling of Energy Related Products, while enforcement is the responsibility of the Ecodesign and Labelling Market Surveillance Authority (ELMS).

To fulfill its obligations ELMS undertakes the following market surveillance activities.

Compliance promotion                                                                                                                                             ELMS will support and assist suppliers and dealers in achieving compliance through the following:

— Leaflets, brochures and other guidance material to inform suppliers, dealers and the public of the requirements;

— The use of professional and trade associations;

— A dedicated contact who suppliers and dealers can contact to ask questions and receive information and assistance;

— Encouraging the public to act as a watchdog to alert for instances of non-compliance.

Compliance monitoring                                                                                                                           Monitoring activities include inspections of retail outlets; examination of product brochures and other technical or promotional documentation supplied with a product; examination of websites, catalogues or other forms of distance selling; and the investigation of reports or complaints from members of the public, economic operators, customs authorities or other Member States.

Compliance verification                                                                                                                                   Where non-compliance is suspected, ELMS undertakes verification actions to confirm the non-compliance. These include examination of records obtained during the monitoring process, document inspections and testing of products in accredited laboratories. A number of these actions are currently ongoing.

Enforcement                                                                                                                                                                 Where non-compliance is detected ELMS will, depending on the circumstances, issue a Technical Assistance Letter, a Warning of Non-Compliance or a Compliance Direction. Where the non-compliance continues, ELMS may undertake legal proceedings that can result in product withdrawal, prohibition on sale/importation, forfeiture of products, product destruction, prosecution or financial penalties.

These initiatives illustrate that the Irish authorities have the systems in place, and the personnel allocated, to tackle the matter of ErP non-compliance. However, they also need the help and support of all involved in the pump sector to identify noncompliant products so they can take the appropriate action.

Eurofluid ErP compliance with Smedegaard

At Eurofluid Handling Systems the emphasis is on quality of service and that, more than anything else, entails listening to and understanding precisely what the end-user requirement is, and then working closely with the consultant and contractor to devise the most appropriate, high-performing and cost-effective solution for the client.

This quality of service is matched by the quality of the product portfolio. Eurofluid deals exclusively with market-leading brands and has strong partnership agreements with a number of manufacturers, a typical case in point being Smedegaard. Founded in 1942, Smedegaard is the longest-established pump manufacturer in Europe, and is part of the giant KSB group which had a turnover of €2.2 billion in 2012.

Eurofluid has direct access to the vast reservoir of experience, knowledge and technical know-how this represents, not just with Smedegaard-branded products, but also with the Smedegaard-produced Europak inverter-controlled booster set range that is specifically manufactured for the Irish marketplace to a specification devised by Eurofluid.

Features and benefits standard across the entire Europak range, from entry level models right up to the top-end units, include: — WRAS approved; Flow rates up to 160l/s; Pressure up to 15 bar; Single, twin and multiple pump sets; Built-in dry run protection; Pump mounted inverters; Anti-surge soft start;

All are ErP Regulation compliant and also conform with various other national and international quality marks. Indeed, many of the products now coming on stream from Smedegaard are also futureproofed in that they comply with the the requirements of legislation yet to be enacted. An example is the new Magneta light commercial/ commercial pump range featuring magnetic motors, speed control and the newly-developed Eco Mode.

Other products within the Eurofluid range include:

• Boilers, fully condensing and with exchangers in 316 stainless steel;

• Fire hose reel booster packages;

• Pressurisation packages;

• Heat exchanger packages;

• Direct fired water heaters;

• Air and dirt (+hydraulic) separators;

• Calorifiers and buffer tanks.

There is a growing requirement in the marketplace for off-site Packaged Plant Room (PPR) manufacturing. Euroflud is to the forefront in the manufacture of such integrated portable PPRs incorporating some or all of the above plant items. The advantages are: — Compact design; Factory-build quality; Greater site safety; High productivity; Improved deployment of site labour; Customised build to any specification.

Contact: Bernard Costelloe, Eurofluid Handling Systems.

Tel: 460 0352; email: info@euro-fluid.com; www.euro-fluid.com ■

High efficiency pumps alert – call for market surveillance

Brian Huxley

Readers may recall that the EU Commission estimates that small circulators in inefficient heating system are responsible for about a 20% share of household energy bills. Removing them and replacing them with intelligent circulators could save several billion euros – said to be equivalent to the total annual electricity consumption of Ireland – across the 27 European member states by the year 2020.

Representatives of the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) recently met with the National Measurement Office (NMO) – the body responsible for enforcing the Energy Related Products Directive within the UK – to discuss how they could help monitor the products that do not comply with the ErP regulations. With no Irish pump representative body it is difficult to do likewise in Ireland. However, the impact of the BMPA activity in this respect can have positive outcomes for the irish marketplace.

The new ErP Directive states that old uncontrolled pumps were to cease being manufactured from the end of December 2012, and thereafter that only new high-efficiency products should be distributed by all pump manufacturers. However, the BPMA and its members have seen a number of non high efficiency pumps on the market and they are becoming increasingly concerned about the influx of non- Erp products imported from countries such as China. They are concerned that these pumps, although cosmetically looking like the new high-efficiency models, in some cases do not meet the requirements of the ErP regulations.

BPMA members have also noted that the labelling on these units is not in compliance with the ErP regulations, and they are concerned that some of the non-ErP products being imported at present seem to have been manufactured after the required date of January 2013. This is not in compliance with the ErP regulations.

If a consultant, distributor, wholesaler or contractor is unsure of the date of manufacture, the serial number normally contains the first four digits noting the month and year of manufacture. Therefore, with regard to the old uncontrolled products, this should not be after December 2012.

In its discussions with NMO the BPMA presented a number of products which theydeemed to be non-compliant. The NMO confirmed that they were aware of concerns in regard to circulators and informed the BPMA that they will initially be testing 20 circulators across three member states (including the UK) and also 10 water pumps across two member states (again including the UK) to ensure that all regulations are being complied with.

Accordingly, BPMA will continue to work with the NMO to monitor the situation. The BPMA is fully supportive of this enforcement and will, together with the pump manufacturers, work to ensure that all pumps comply with the new regulations. However, it is important that everyone involved in the pump sector is vigilant in respect of noncompliant circulators, and that they report the matter to the relevant Government authority where they do come across them.

Market surveillance critical

Indeed, market surveillance is a key element of a fair and efficient EU internal market. Properly-implemented market surveillance should ensure that:

• Products placed on the community market comply with EU regulations and do not pose any safety and environmental threats for users and the public at large;

• A level playing field/fair competition on the market;

• Safeguard the coherence of the European regulatory framework.

However, whereas consumer goods benefit from well-organised and efficient market surveillance, capital goods (pumps) suffer from a certain lack of focus. Market surveillance tends to be more reactive (eg, following an accident) than preventative.

For this reason Orgalime – the pan European Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Industry Association – suggests that the key elements of an effective market surveillance strategy to safeguard the competitiveness and interests of market segments like the pump sector should include:

• Allocation of sufficient resources (both financial and staff) to market surveillance authorities so they can actively control compliance of product and machinery entering the European market;

• The setting up of a common Commission- Member States co-operation platform under Regulation 765/2008/EC, with an industry advisory forum for preparing Europe-wide targeted campaigns focusing on certain products or product categories with a view to achieving maximum effectiveness with limited resources. The decision on the areas to be selected would be made after consultation with stakeholders, including the industry affected by non-compliant products (in this instance pumps);

• A better coordination of market surveillance and harmonisation of enforcement practices (eg, a common approach to risk assessment) with colleagues in other EU member states. It is of the utmost importance to enhance mutual confidence, avoid double checks, and maximise the use of human resources for multiple and intelligent market surveillance activities;

• The establishment of close relations between market surveillance and customs authorities: all customs officials should receive training to help them identify potentially non-compliant products (eg, by making use of the manufacturer’s declaration of conformity, as requested for all harmonised products);

• The implementation of actions as early as possible in the supply chain. The earlier the products are checked in the supply chain, the less damage they cause on the market if they are not compliant. This should apply first of all to imported goods;

• Setting up an agreement between the EU member states to meet a set of essential requirements for efficient Europe-wide market surveillance. This requires deterrent sanctions against rogue traders (eg, fines, destruction of noncompliant goods at the responsible market operator’s expenses). Sanctions should also be considered against conformity assessment bodies (eg, economic or related to accreditation), if necessary;

• The Commission to finance, within the framework of the European structural funds, assistance to member states whose geographic or economic conditions place them in a weaker position to fight against illegal trade and unlawful imports from abroad. This is especially true for countries with maritime ports, where 90% of the goods imported into the EU transit every day;

• Cooperation with colleagues outside the European Union. Close cooperation between all authorities involved in customs controls and market surveillance from the main EU trade partners, and in particular EU neighbours, is necessary to ensure that most imported products are compliant;

• Internal coordination at national level across the various authorities involved in the enforcement of different legal requirements (health and safety, environment, energy efficiency) because machinery often has to comply with various types of regulatory requirements;

• Increased awareness among market operators about the working methods and actions through a European awareness campaign (including awareness about the obligations related to the affixing of the CE marking and about sanctions in case of non-compliance). Economic players should be encouraged to inform authorities about non-compliance.




Grundfos appoints Area Project Managers

Grundfos (Ireland) has appointed a new team of highly experienced Area Project Managers to serve its major commercial customers in Dublin and throughout the rest of the country. Between them they have nearly 50 years experience of the pump sector and are fully au fait with advanced product technologies, sophisticated pump systems, and all manner of project applications.

“These new appointments are a significant development for us”, said Grundfos Ireland Sales Manager Liam McDermott, “and the team has now commenced calling on all our majors customers, including contractors and consultants.”

Pictured are the Grundfos Ireland Area Project Managers — Robbie Linnane, Brian Harrison and Mark O’Sullivan.

What’s new with pumps? … Class A efficiency is the new benchmark

The change from standard efficiency to high efficiency pumps is driven by legislation via the ErP Directive that demands all circulating pumps move to a high efficiency model in new systems from 1 January 2013.

With the ErP Directive 2009/125/EC, the European Union is promoting climate protection further. This legal regulation for energy-related products – ErP for short – limits electricity consumption considerably, even for heating circulation pumps. In effect, this Directive signals the end of inefficient pumps.

Uncontrolled pumps are responsible for 20% of the world’s electricity consumption. This means that all pump manufacturers will have to cease production of standard-efficiency pumps from the end of this year.

Very often the imposition of new legislation or directives presents difficulties and challenges for the industry sector affected. This is not the case with the new ErP Directive. If anything, it will provide a business stimulus.

The running cost savings delivered by the reduced power consumption of ErP-compliant pumps is great news for the entire industry. Specifiers, and especially installers, are now armed with the ammunition to undertake a major pump upgrade/replacement campaign.

Calling all contractors – this is an excellent opportunity for you to increase your business while, at the same time, delivering value for money services – in addition to genuine costs savings – to your customers.