Like football, pumps expertise requires thinking outside the box...
3 Sep 2018
“A competent pump supplier is somewhat like a competent coach, they should be able to offer more than one solution and be able to explain the benefits linked to them.”
Forgive us for drawing this lighthearted inspiration from World Cup fever in order to provide this analogy between sporting and pumping success.
We asked Peter Staddon, MD and founder of The Pump Company, to share his take on the wider developments that will affect the industry and in particular the significant part of it that deals in chemical applications.
His feature article here couples a look at the Brexit landscape with a close-up examination of the appropriate products to meet specific industry tasks – a theme Peter previously visited last year and has now updated for the benefit of readers.
It’s noteworthy that his advice bears much in common with that provided by the main source in our lead article for Process Engineering, Emerson’s Patrick Deruytter.
The goal is pretty much the same: to ensure greater predictability through better and more efficient tools, systems and data
In both cases, these two industry figures advise that the wider political and economic context is harder to read than ever. We may second guess, develop options and imagine scenarios. What we cannot hope for is much degree of certainty, long-term or otherwise.
The antidote to this is creating workplace certainty. Whether this comes down to selection of people, products or working practices, the goal is pretty much the same: to ensure greater predictability through better and more efficient tools, systems and data.
This ensures sharper and more targeted responses to consumer demand, goods supply and maintenance. Pre-empting those issues that impede the smooth running of industrial processes.
It’s good to know that, in industry at least, practical consensus remains the order of the day.