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~ermah~'s LEWA GmbH took center stage this past June at Pumps and Systems 2005, a semi-annual trade

fair held in China's bustling city of Shanghai. With Chinese industry set to explode, LEWA's wide-ranging international expertise in pumps and metering systems makes the company a natural partner for any number of important industries ranging from chemicals, oil and gas to pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and even the food and beverage industries. LEWA's success at Pumps and Systems 2005 is yet another feather in the cap of a globally active leader that has driven pump and metering technology forward with innovative engineering that has produced many noteworthy patents and industry firsts.

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NI recently spoke with LEWA's Director of Marketing, Dr. Hans-Joachim Johl, about LEWA's long-standing love affair with pump and metering technology. Now hailed as the international leader in the fields of fluid metering, high quality pumps and metering packages, LEWA began in 1952 has a modest engineering office at home in Leonberg, Germany. More than 50 years later, LEWA is still based in Leonberg. The LEWA production firm and 15 international marketing companies belong to the corporate group. I n addition, there is a network

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of independent representatives in further countries. LEWA has a majority holding in a joint venture for production and marketing in China. Given LEWA's high export percentage - more than 65% according to Dr. HansJoachim Johl - the importance of emerging markets such as China is undeniable for a company as active as LEWA on the global stage. LEWA's national and international success is based on what LEWA rightly characterizes as the company's technology advantage - a solidly engineered lineup of metering pumps, process diaphragm pumps and chemical injection packages. The first of these groups, metering pumps, includes simplex and multiplex pumps whose modular design virtually predestines them for a universal range of applications. Standard metering pumps for the low-pressure range and precision metering pumps for micro metering round out LEWA's metering pump range. Within this range, LEWA has made a number of important technical innovations, many of which the company has patented over the years. Perhaps the most notable development in recent times has been LEWA ecoflow, a universal series of metering pumps featuring LEWA's patented Diaphragm Protection Syc tem, or DPS. According to Dr. Hans Joachim Johl, LEWA's newly developed DPS system ensures accurate position control of the pump's diaphragm, so that the diaphragm always moves within an optimal operating range and does not exceed specified limits, even under tough operating conditions or other external influences. This results in very long diaphragm service life. DPS also features LEWA's proven diaphragm monitoring system, which uses a sandwich diaphragm design to provide for additional safety at high such pressures of up to 400 bar with extremely economical operation. Easy adjustment of speed and stroke length and an available telemonitoring diagnostics package round out the list of technical features.

LEWA's wide-ranging international expertise in pumps and metering systems makes the company a natural partner for any number of important industries ranging from chemicals, oil and gas to pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and even the food and beverage industries. The metering pump shown here is used in the production of the ever popular Gumrni Bears.

In the second of the company's three main product categories, LEWA's process diaphragm pumps also set industry standards for tightness in high-pressure process applications at pressures ranging up to 1,200 bar or 17,500 psi. These pumps achieve zero leakage, low-maintenance o p eration through the use of LEWA's proprietaly triplex monoblock design or the use of in-line ecoflow modular units. Proven, high-pressure diaphragm pump heads using either metal or PTFE sandwich diaphragms guarantee high pump availability. A special feature of both LEWA triplex and LEWA modular implementations is high overall efficiency and low life-cycle

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costs. These process diaphragm pumps also have unlimited dry-running capabilities and are robust even in technically challenging or borderline conditions. And because of their pressure firm characteristics, these pumps convey fluids very precisely, even when pressure fluctuates. Finally, LEWA's contributions to yet a third application group, chemical injection, need not .be underestimated. These metering packages are aimed specifically at the oil and gas industries, where the production, transfer and processing of crude oil and natural gas are absolutely crucial to the global economy. Because the oil and gas industries have special requirements and regulations that call for both state-of-the-art equipment and an experienced supplies, LEWA offers a complete program of both packed plunger and sealfree hydraulically actuated diaphragm pumps with a performance range for flow rates up to 180 m3/h (45,000 gph) and pressures as high as 1,200 bar (17,000 psi).Johl says these r e bust designs and ample performance ranges reflect an onThe world's

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Pump for CO, reinjection for industrial processing of LNG.

going trend in modern oil and gas installations toward the use of fail-safe and fault-tolerant hydraulically actuated diaphragm pumps that protect valuable hardware, the environment and process integrity. LEWA recently and convincingly demonstrated its expertise in this field by delivering the two biggest high-pressure process diaphragm pumps ever delivered. Each pump delivers 110 m3/h of liquid CO2 against a pressure of 215 bar. The pumps are used for the re-injection of CO2 into a natural gas field in Hammerfest / Norway. Operating conditions are demanding at the field, which is Europe's northern-

most production facility for natural gas. Noteworthy to this solution is the fact that carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that occurs as a by-product of the natural gas recovery process, is not released directly into the atmos phere. Instead, the C02 is liquefied and pumped via pipeline into a subsea field 10cated at a depth of 350 meters. This task is demanding because non-lubricating, liquefied carbon dioxide can be conveyed economically only by using hermetically tight diaphragm process pumps with a high rate of efficiency. The pumps supplied by LEWA o p erate at a suction pressure of

70 bar and have a drive power of 850 kW each. The speed range is 40 - l60 strokes/min and can be controlled via a frequency inverter. W

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More information is also available on the company's website or directly from LEWA on request by contacting: LEWA GmbH pumps + systems Ulmer Strasse 10 D-71229 Leonberg Tel. (49)71 52 - 14 13 76 F~x (49)71 52 - 14 23 76 eMail: info@lewa.de http://www.lewa.de

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