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Retrofits: How to Mix and Match System Components to Escape a Failing Service Provider

Horizontal pumping systems are not governed by API or ANSI classifications (such as API 610). Manufacturers have been completely free to develop their own system designs, without being forced to follow any industry guidelines. This has resulted in true innovation, as evidenced by our HOSS thrust chamber design, but can have consequences when servicing installed equipment. There are many different pump hydraulic designs and a wide variety of dimensional standards offered by the various manufacturers. Certain manufacturers have even produced multiple generations of design standards and product lines during their…

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Cheap Thrust Chambers and Their Impact on Reliability

In a previous blog post, I wrote about the sad state of the horizontal pump industry and how HOSS is working to change the status quo. I also referenced what I refer to as the “race to the bottom” by our competitors. Many pump providers have focused on reducing cost, which is ultimately reflected in lower reliability. The thrust chamber is the most severely stressed component in any horizontal pumping system. This is the last place a design engineer should try to reduce cost, yet we see many configure their…

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Project Management 101: How HOSS Delivers on our Commitments

At HOSS we take our promises seriously. It’s personal to us. Most of our employees have worked for other horizontal pump providers, often in an environment where personal commitments are difficult to honor even with the best of intentions. I use the word “provider” intentionally. Very few of our competitors solely focus on horizontal pumps, and most don’t manufacture the majority of their system components. By and large, the industry has become a sea of “me-too” equipment packagers.

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