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Grundfos Eyes Pumping Needs of World Agriculture

Grundfos Eyes Pumping Needs of World Agriculture

Combined above and below ground pump inventory aimed at better irrigation efficiency.

With roots in Denmark and an eye on the future of the world's food and fiber needs, Grundfos is ready to use its integrated product and market structure to be a leader in irrigation technology.

Using its recently acquired Peerless and Paco product lines, along with the company's own variable speed pumping systems, Grundfos is also working with major irrigation system manufacturers to find homes for its products.

David Stuart, business unit director of Grundfos Pumps Corp., says the respected heritages of Peerless, Paco and Grundfos "put us in a unique position to understand the historical needs of the market and to help farming communities meet the challenges ahead."

One of Grundfos's "aces in the hole" is its variable speed pumps which can maintain a constant flow at the nozzle despite variability in head loss in the line. Those variable speed pumps also are controlled by plug-and-play monitoring systems that prevent "dry-running," motor breakdown or power supply irregularities. Such monitoring systems also can maintain status of sand filter plugging and can provide automatic backflushing to keep the well on-line.

The expanded company's product line includes a range of speed-controlled submersible pumps and vertical turbines that can accommodate changing downhole conditions, such as water levels and power-supply fluctuations.

On the surface, Grundfos supplies variable speed pumps for boosting watering system supplies across fields or pipeline transports.

Also, the company specializes building in adding-on "intelligence" to existing Grundfos, Peerless and Paco irrigation pumps and chemigation systems.

To further put the company in the forefront of irrigation technology, Grundfos has established the Global Irrigation Competence Center (GICC) in Fresno, California, made up of a team of highly experienced personnel familiar with irrigation applications and pump systems. The facility is designed to create solutions for farmers that address the issues facing modern agriculture -- the need to double production in the next 25 years with less water and fewer acres.

Grundfos Business Development Manager Peter Busch says, "We see clear trends toward more efficient irrigation using less energy for pumping, for example replacing with smaller and fewer pumps, or investing in low-impact irrigation."  He adds, the work at the GICC will help develop solutions and move them to growers quickly and efficiently.

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