Latest Pump Handbook Brings Updates to Fluid Processing Industry

Alfa Laval has published the latest edition of its renowned Pump Handbook. The 375-page handbook is free and contains scholarly information on basic pump functionality and in-depth guidelines for sizing and selecting the right pump type for optimum efficiency.

Over the years, the handbook has gone through minor revisions and in 2023, a major overhaul was undertaken to make the handbook up-to-date on the most recent technologies.


“We have worked hard to provide the global pump community with the most recent knowledge about pump functionality and leading-edge technologies that enhance pump efficiency to meet the sustainability agenda of societies and industries,” Alfa Laval product management manager Lars Sørensen says.

“Pumps are among the most power-consuming devices in fluid handling processes and the potential for energy savings is big when you select the right pump from the start and maintain it along the way.”

The authors of the book are all experienced pump engineers with extensive theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience. To help illustrate what the book is trying to show, there are real-world examples included throughout the publication.

The main chapters of the handbook comprise:

  • Basic theory on pumping applications
  • Pump types for different applications
  • Pump sizing for maximum efficiency
  • Pump specification
  • Pump motors
  • Troubleshooting
  • Technical data and formulas

The first edition of the Alfa Laval Pump Handbook was published 25 years ago and since then, it has found its way onto work sites, serving as a reference work to technicians in the daily operation of fluid handling processes.

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