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May 2015 – General Meeting in Adelaide at Rydges Hotel,
with presentations from myself on pump efficiency, and from
Keith Sanders on the basics of good pump selection.
June 2015 – General Meeting in Brisbane at Skyline Pumps
with a general PIA overview, a presentation on pump efficiency
and an excellent overview of Skyline Pumps’ impressive
facilities by Richard Hull. Their rapid packaging and testing
capability was particularly impressive.
June 2015 – PIA Installation and Commissioning forum at
Bruce County Hotel. Here, we ran through the proposed
course content for the Installation and Commissioning training
that was in development, and we were grateful for the input of
those that attended.
August 2015 – General Meeting in Sydney at Flowserve
Seal Division’s factory, which was well attended, with an
excellent presentation on diamond face seals; a presentation
on pump efficiency; a speaker from the New South Wales
state government on energy-efficiency cooperation; and an
explanation from Keith Sanders on the tolerancing system in
the pump testing standards.
September 2015 – General Meeting in Perth at SKF’s
factory, which was well attended, and featured an overview
of SKF’s condition monitoring systems and repair facilities; a
presentation outlining the sources of bearing loads in pumps;
and an explanation by KSB’s Tony Robins on the differences
and nuances involved in slurry pump selection and operation.
October 2015 – The inaugural PIA Installation and
Commissioning training course was held at Link Pumps with
100 per cent attendance.
PIA endeavours to fulfil roles that represent the industry as a whole,
and which may be beyond the resources of individual members.
This includes relationships with government, public utility authorities,
private industry, engineering consultants, Standards Australia and
similar bodies that play a significant part in the framing of legislation
or technical specifications that influence the industry.
The activities of the Association are determined by an elected
council. Currently, the Executive consists of president, vice
president and up to seven councillors, who are elected at the AGM
to represent the view of the membership. For 2016, the council
Ron Astall – President
John Inkster – Vice President
Dave Alexander, David Brooks, Frankie Camilleri, Alan Rowan,
Keith Sanders, Ashley White – Councillors.
The Association is administered by Secretary Kevin Wilson, who
has held this position for more than 10 years and acts as Legal
Officer of PIA.
Council is further supported by three executive officers, who are
currently charged with the responsibility of fulfilling the day-to-day
tasks that result in the successful implementation of the programs
outlined in the business plan:
Ken Kugler – Standards and Technical Information
Alan Rowan – Publications and Training
Keith Sanders – Marketing and Statistics.
This has proved to be a good initiative, and significant progress
has been achieved in the last two years.
Typical PIA activities
As PIA is a national body, the Association needs to liaise with
business partners in all states. The Association holds general
meetings and seminars across the country, since PIA recognises
that each state presents different challenges to pump suppliers
based on local industry, geography, climate and political policies.
Routine meetings occur in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane on
an annual basis.
Meetings occur in Adelaide and Perth on a biannual basis
Seminar programs are organised on a regular basis to provide
members and PIA associates with opportunities to be informed on
emerging trends in product development, and new technologies in
pump applications and associate equipment. These include:
breakfast and afternoon technical meetings on topics of
opportunities for members to outline new technologies or
to provide product training opportunities at a technical or
operational level to fellow members and guests.
PIA launched an Installation and Commissioning training program
in October 2015. This is a PIA-accredited program to provide the
necessary skills and expertise to Australian engineers for effective
installation and commissioning of electric and diesel-drive pumping
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