A recently opened testing facility in Merate, Italy, will verify a pump’s capacity as well as its net positive suction head (NPSH) behavior, vibration and noise levels, and overall operational efficiency. The development of the 16,145 ft2 (1,500 m2) building, located at Finder Pompe’s headquarters, was driven by the growth in size and complexity of the company’s pump models along with expanding customer expectations in pump performance.
The facility’s larger footprint makes it suited for testing pumps with higher capacities and at higher pressures. It includes three stiff platforms that can accommodate horizontal pump and skid installations. These platforms allow for precise vibration tests, and two independent areas have the capability to test vertical pumps with shaft lengths up to 40’ (12 m). The facility also is equipped with a testing circuit for lube oil pumps and another one that is dedicated to the testing of liquid ring vacuum pumps. On-site cranes are capable of lifting pumps that weigh up to 20 tons.