WWJ Closeup, March 2024

Published On: February 16, 2024By Categories: Pumps and Water Systems, WWJ Closeup

BRIAN DASCHNER
CEO
Integrity Pump & Motor
Fairview, Tennessee

YOUR THOUGHTS ON WATER PRESSURE BOOSTING CHALLENGES?
Water pressure boosting has become much easier in most cases with the use of variable speed drives. Because most motors are now VFD-rated and the pricing has become more attractive, the ability to regulate a constant working pressure with the pump is now more simplified.

WHAT ARE YOU HEARING MOST FROM YOUR CUSTOMERS?
Our customers need qualified employees. Our industry is plagued with employees who do not want to work and have low technical skills. We have to do something to increase the number of trade schools for our youth and educate them on the advantages of working skilled jobs.

WHAT’S THE MOST UNIQUE PUMP PROJECT YOU’VE BEEN A PART OF?
Integrity builds horizontal turbines to boost water in mining and fracking applications. These pumps can boost large volumes of water and handle a certain level of dirty water. We have built units 75 hp to 500 hp that can move water long distances.

GREATEST CHALLENGE FACING PUMP MANUFACTURERS?
I believe the greatest challenge to U.S. manufacturers is foreign competition. These companies have low labor costs, and some are subsidized by their governments. Their factories do not have to meet the standards we have here in the United States. This makes it difficult for us to compete.

PRODUCT YOU’RE MOST EXCITED ABOUT IN 2024?
Integrity is introducing a complete line of NSF vertical multistage booster pumps. This line complements our current centrifugal line and expands our pressure ranges for booster systems. These units are also available in all 316SS.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IN 2024?
Our government’s efforts to increase infrastructure spending. We need more upgrades to our water and wastewater systems throughout this country. We need additional reservoirs and water wells to sustain our growing population. Water is the key to expanding our cities and industries in many regions.

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