A project of this magnitude is never accomplished in a vacuum. Theknowlcdgc basc from which the information is drawn takes more thanone solitary career to acquire. I have been privileged to stand on theshoulders of giants in the pump industry in order to bring you thisbook.During my career I have been reminded all too frequently that it is onlywhen you try to teach a concept to others that the depth of your ownignorance becomes apparent. Throughout the years I have beenrescued from those depths by more people than either my memoryallows me to name, or sufficient space is available to identify here. Theyarc the many thousands of associates, clients and students with whom Ihave had the privilege of worldng, and who have challenged me andkept me growing along the years.I am especially grateful to those generous and brave souls who critiquedvarious parts of this book and, in doing so, made it more accurate andmore complete. They are, Ed Avancc of Advanced Sealing, DarrenBittick of International Paper, Brian Dahmer of MRC Bearing Services,Kevin Dclancy of Kcvin Dclancy M.S., Dave Djuric of Alberta Pacific,Neil Flanagan and Dave Mclochc of ProSpcc Technologies, JerryHallam of BP Chemical, Dave Meister of Gorman-Rupp, Mike O'Neillof Unilever and Mark Wcare of Weycrhacuser.My thanks also goes out to The Hydraulic Institute and The AmericanPetroleum Institute for allowing us to incorporate a small portion ofthe extensive reference material they work so hard at making availablethrough their own, more exhaustive publications.For my ability to write what I mean and mean what I write (O.K., mostof the time) my thanks go out to my high school English teacher,Jimmy Ross and, more recently, to Jane Alexander who has applied thepolish to most of my articles in recent years, and thus, much of thisbook.
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