Category Archive: Uncategorized

What is a Roots Blower?

A Roots blower was the invention of Francis and Philander Roots. They created it in 1854, patenting it in 1860. This is a rotary positive air blower. This pump became known as the Roots Blower in New York, New Jersey and the state where it was first manufactured, Indiana. It is available with either two or three lobe versions as a standard.

The Root blower has always been an integral part of aeration of liquids, be they for chemical mixing for metallizing or aeration of tanks to aid in the municipal wastewater process.

Root blowers are also an integral component in the operation of many manufacturing industries, conveying of products for transportation within piping, mixing of products, or aeration of food processing as well as agriculture for industrial water treatment.

How Does a Roots Blower Work?

A positive displacement lobe pump, a root blower uses meshing lobes. These rotate within a tight housing. The pump moves the Air or Gas from the inlet or suction side to the outlet or pressure side passing between two components: the housing and the meshing lobes. As a positive displacement machine it does not create pressure but reacts to pressure in the system.

To discover more about the working of a Roots blower, contact the experienced professionals on staff at Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc. They can help guide you through the selection process to determine what Roots blower will serve your application best.

Sewage Pumps and Their Care

Sewage pumps are not sump pumps. In New York, commercial businesses, industrial companies and municipalities use them to remove not only wastewater but also liquid and solid waste to a sewage system or septic tank. They are constructed to handle different sizes of materials flushed down the toilet or from various other industrial and commercial applications. To achieve this goal, they utilize gravity.

Two types of sewage pumps are common in New Jersey and surrounding areas. These are effluent pumps and grinder pumps. Many are categorized by methods of waste removal including:

  • Agitator pumps – utilizing kinetic energy
  • Centrifugal pumps – using centrifugal force
  • Macerator pumps – are used to empty the sewage from its holding tanks


If installed correctly, the sewage system will not demand copious attention. A regular check-up will ensure its continuance. However, this does not mean you cannot ensure its smooth operation. Some actions you can take are:

  • Do not flush down materials or objects that are not flushable
  • Never flush down large objects
  • Do not empty kitty litter or pet waste into the toilet

Overall, remember, the toilet is NOT a garbage disposal unit.

Here, at Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc., our experts can help you choose the right sewage pump from among the various ones we offer, the one meeting your specific application and requirements. We also can provide you with more information on dos and don’ts to ensure sewage pumps in New York, New Jersey and surrounding areas, perform to their optimal capabilities.

What is a Wilo Pump?

A Wilo pump is the product of WILO SE. A European company with American affiliates, it manufactures both pumps and pump systems for Commercial, Industrial and Municipal uses. Depending upon the type and model of pump, it provides the means for transporting and/or handling such tasks as:

  • Sewage Collection and treatment
  • Storm Water
  • Raw Water
  • Dewatering

If the materials to be transported are corrosive and/or toxic, the pump is coated with a proprietary material – WILO-Ceram C0.

The staff at Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc. can help you decide whether Wilo pumps are suitable for your company’s project in New York. In particular, they can discuss the merits of the Wilo-EMU FA submersible sewage pump. It is employed for a variety of drainage and sewage applications.

How Does a Wilo Smart Pump Work?

Wilo employs the latest technology to ensure its customers receive the best product possible. Realizing the importance of saving energy, it has produced the world’s first smart pumps. These highly efficient pumps reduce energy consumption by utilizing ECM (Electronic Commutated Motor) technology as well as an integrated variable speed drive. Its settings, including Dynamic Adapt Plus, automatically ensure it will adapt to whatever requirements your system may have.

In Wilo pumps are increasing the efficiency of fluid circulation by monitoring its circulation and fine-tuning it in any zone. Wilo Pimps New York and Wilo Pumps in New Jersey, are available through Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc.

What Are the Differences Between Process Piping and Plumbing?

Understanding the differences between plumbing and process piping requires some specific information about how and where these types of piping are used. At Rapid Pump and Meter Service Co., Inc. and Machinery Services Corp., we offer a wide range of services that can address the needs involving process piping and plumbing. New Jersey and surrounding area customers rely on our knowledge and experience to service their industrial pump stations and other equipment in a reliable and efficient manner.


Plumbing incorporates processes that involve the distribution of liquid and chemical substances through piping networks. Plumbing is usually associated with the pipes which are connected to shower and faucet systems. Process piping, on the other hand, includes pipes that service processing machines, which are often located in factories.

Process Piping

Process piping functions outside of a building’s mechanical systems and is aimed instead at the production of a particular product. It is used to convert liquids, gases, and chemical into tangible, useful products. Process piping is used to convey substances other than water for water distribution which is used for cleaning, bathing, and drinking.

The components of a process piping system are interconnected and can include flanges, separators, traps, pressure hoses, gaskets, strainers, and more. These components are arranged and connected in such a manner as to separate, disseminate, and control to stop the transport of substances with the piping system.

A Key Difference Between Plumbing and Process Piping

Building codes tend to define the difference between process piping and plumbing. Plant developers must adhere to engineering codes when designing process piping systems to ensure the proper piping and other related design aspects are used and followed. A proper plumbing system installation requires adherence to the relevant plumbing code to ensure all code requirements are met.

Plumbing systems should comply with the use of certain materials, for example copper pipes as mandated by state laws. Manufacturers and designers have more flexibility when it comes to the materials used in a process piping system. Engineers must choose materials and components that do not interfere with the proper production of the end product.

To learn about the various industrial services we offer that affect process piping and plumbing in New Jersey and beyond, call us today at 973.345.5600 or use our contact form to send us a message.

Pump Station Repair vs. Replacement

As a plant or pump station operator or engineer, you want your equipment on site to operate efficiently for many years to come. When it comes to lift station pump repair, New Jersey pump station operators expect exceptional quality repairs they can rely on for the long term. In other cases, it may become necessary to replace the entire pump station. New Jersey, New York and surrounding area customers are served by our team at Rapid Pump and Meter Service Co., Inc. and Machinery Services Corp. that can do both. We offer efficient water and wastewater solutions for contractors, engineers, and developers for commercial, municipal, and industrial applications.

Pump Replacement

If a new development is being performed on an existing plant and if the pump station was added with the last decade, the average daily flow rate should be evaluated to determine if the plant could handle a greater flow rate. If the increased demands are too high, you may need to replace the pumps or even the pump station. The reason for pump station problems could be that the pump station is close to the end of its service life. This may be due to a higher quantity of solids in the waste stream or H2S corrosion.

Pump Repair

When it comes to lift station pumps with mechanical seal issues, replacing the individual parts of the system can address the issue. However, if a new development or new infrastructure requires support, regardless of how well the existing equipment is operating, it will probably need to be replaced since it is not designed to handle the new capacity to be produced by the new development.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mandating Replacement

Sometimes EPA will mandate replacements of equipment to municipalities that have degrading infrastructure. The budgets of municipalities play a part in the decisions to repair or replace systems.

For information about the lift station pump repair and replacement and other services we offer for pump stations in the New Jersey and New York region, including services for machinery, pumps, and instrumentation, call us today at 973.345.5600 or send us a message through our contact form.

What is a Submersible Pump?

Submersible pumps are a type of wastewater and sewage removal devise. Unlike other types of sewage pumps, it has been designed to be submerged under the very water it is to displace. While some pumps may be partially in the water, a Submersible Pump is completely covered. Our customers in New York, New Jersey and surrounding areas generally use Submersible Pumps to drain slurry or sewage. However, submersible pumps are also employed to drain flooding water and ponds.

How Does A Submersible Pump Work?

The submersible pumps we sell and service in New York, New Jersey and operate using a motor and a rotating propeller. The motor is completely sealed from any exterior elements, notably wastewater and is coupled as close as possible to the actual body of the submersible pump. Level sensors act to help control its functions.

The energy produced by the rotating impeller is converted into kinetic energy then into pressure energy. This motion pushes the water outward and to the surface. The amount of water a submersible pump can displace depends upon the horsepower of the pump. Different models are designed to handle a specific water draining task.


What makes submersible pumps advantageous to many operations are the following three characteristics:

  1. They do not require priming, ever
  2. They are very efficient
  3. Unlike many sewage pumps, they are very quiet

To learn more about how a submersible pump may function best in your company’s tank sewage system, contact the knowledgeable staff at Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc.

Turnkey Plant Relocation Services

At Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc. and Machinery Services Corp., we are your trusted provider of turnkey plant relocations in New Jersey and surrounding areas. Companies that require this service rely on us to achieve efficient relocations of their plants, including all associated Industrial Machines, Pumps and other equipment.

What is Turnkey Plant Relocation?

The relocation of a plant is a considerable and complex project. Various services are involved in the completion of such an undertaking. A turnkey plant relocation is patterned somewhat after the design/build concept in construction. Turnkey industrial plant service companies have the resources and experience to carry out all stages of a plant relocation project.

There are a number of benefits provided through turnkey plant relocation services, including:

Cost-effective and Safe

The safe relocation of large industrial equipment requires professional skill and experience. Turnkey plant relocations performed by an experienced turnkey industrial service provider will provide removal, dismantling, expert crating, and transport.

With a professional turnkey plant relocation company handling your plant relocation, you can save time and money through efficient processes that control the cost of labor.

Streamlined and On-Time Process

A turnkey industrial plant services company can ensure streamlined communications and coordinated logistics. The entire process from rigging and disassembly to transport and installation at the new site is synchronized to ensure your new plant begins operations on schedule.

You can count on quick and efficient, customized solutions from a turnkey plant relocation provider when unanticipated issues arise. The effect of this is to minimize the downtime of your operations.

Our Turnkey Plant Relocation Services

We provide turnkey installations that are efficient and seamless based on our extensive experience handling these requirements for industrial clients. If you work with multiple subcontractors as opposed to a single turnkey plant service company, you may incur significant difficulties and costs.

Through our project management and turnkey capabilities, we aim to eliminate the hassles that can occur with the attempt to coordinate many assignments among a group of subcontractors. We retain approximately 75 employees who are able to handle the complete scope of your plant relocation needs, including project management, electrical, and mechanical requirements.

To learn about the turnkey services for plant relocations we offer in New Jersey and beyond, give us a call today at 973.345.5600 or leave us a message through our contact form.

Common Sewage Pumping Station Problems

Sewage systems utilize pipe networks that send waste from a property to the main sewer. The transport of the waste to the sewer often occurs through the force of gravity as the waste flows downhill. In the case when the property is located at a lower elevation than the main sewer, the gravity method will not work. This is when a pumping station is required. At Rapid Pump and Meter Service Co., Inc., we are your source for reliable sewage pump repair and sewage pump maintenance. New Jersey residents look to us for sewage pumping solutions.

Regardless of how well-performing your pumping system has been, there is always the possibility of a problem occurring at some point. This why routine pumping station maintenance beneficial. It is also helpful to be aware of some of the common issues that can arise with these systems. These include:

Although pumps are manufactured and installed in such a way as to minimize the possibility of blockages, they can still occur. Certain substances such as oils, fats, and other similar waxy materials, when flushed down a toilet, can potentially solidify and clog up the system. Other objects such as paper towels and heavier items may also clog pipes, causing the toilet to back up.

Pump Failing to Start

Sewage pump maintenance is important to prevent pump issue. If a pump will not start, the reason may include lack of electricity going to the pump, debris blocking the impeller, a broken pump, or blockage in the pump that damages the electrical system. Sewage pump maintenance may

Pump Failing to Shut Off

When a pump will not stop, often there is a malfunction with the control float switch, with it getting stuck in a position that keeps the pump on. One sign that the pump is not turning off at normal times is an unusual jump in your electricity bill.

Broken Pipes

Some of the signs that you may have broken pipes include slow drains, toilet backing up, foundation cracks, and mold problems. Regular inspections and maintenance may discover and fix these problems, prevent them from becoming more expensive.

If you need repairs or replacements of sewage pumps, in New Jersey and the surrounding regions the sewage pump professionals at Rapid Pump and Meter Service Co., Inc. are ready to help.

For information about the maintenance and repair solutions we offer for sewage pumps and systems, call our team in Northern New Jersey today at 973.345.5600 or complete our contact form.

What You Need to Know About Industrial Piping

Food processing plants, chemical plants, and other industrial facilities require industrial piping, and specifically, process piping. Many systems use this piping to transport materials such as gas and liquid. Other systems are designed to convey powders and slurry. These materials are transported safely through the means of industrial piping. New Jersey manufacturing facilities rely on this piping for some of their key processes. At Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc. and Machinery Services Corp., we provide turnkey construction services for various industries, including transportation, municipal, commercial, and sectors that have a large selection of pumps and other equipment made by leading domestic manufacturers.

Process Piping vs. Pipelines

There is a difference between process piping and pipelines that are designed to move fluids and gases over long distances between facilities. Process piping conveys these substances within the same facility.

Process Piping Systems and Safety

Industrial piping in the category of process piping can transport toxic and non-toxic materials. Based on the type of gas or fluid your piping system must handle, professional engineers design systems to conform to the regulations and codes established by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

With the installation of pressure relief devices, process piping systems have the ability to operate efficiently and safely under interior impact events such as pressure surges and water hammers.

Fire is a danger in many piping systems that convey combustible gases and liquids. Process piping systems are designed to contain or relieve the maximum pressure imposed by heat from fires. They are designed to endure extreme temperatures.

Industrial piping should be designed in coordination with geotechnical engineers to ensure any settling of the soil and/or rock under a facility over time does not affect the integrity and operation of the piping, both below and above ground.

The testing of process piping systems after installation is necessary to ensure they operate optimally and that no excessive vibration causes issues. If modifications, repairs, or replacements to the piping are made, further testing is needed.

For information about the array of control and instrumentation, pump, and other plant and machinery services we offer in Northern New Jersey and beyond, call us today at 973.345.5600 or use our contact form to drop us a message.

Stay Compliant with Generator Monitoring

Rapid Pump and Meter Service Co., Inc. Offers the #1 Selling Cellular based generator monitoring system in the country

Gen-tracker generator monitoring prevents you from incurring fines for running the generator on bad air quality days issued by the STATE. One of the services we provide is to check the air quality according to EPA guidelines prior to exercising the unit.

Most people do not realize that although air quality can be good the day of the exercise, if the forecast is bad at 4pm on the day PRIOR to exercise you cannot run the machine. This is why we monitor generators.

Did you know that over 90% of generator failures occur during the regular exercise. That’s information you need long before an emergency or outage. Working together with Rapid Pump and Meter Service Co., Inc. and their skilled Service team we will get instant notification when a problem arises.  Whether you have one generator or a dozen. Generator monitoring helps prevent these unexpected failures.

Gen-Tracker generator monitoring system is designed to provide the necessary information that your generator is working when it should, as it should and performing how it should.

What does Gen-Tracker generator monitoring provide?

  • Peace of mind. You’ll know your generator is being monitored by Rapid Pump and Meter Service Co., Inc. every minute of every day.
  • It’s Universal. Any generator can be tracked and monitored with Gen-Tracker.
  • The system is cellular based, so IT involvement is not required
  • Reports. Receive e-mail or text documentation of all generator activity including:
    • Run Time
    • Transfer Switch Position
    • Faults
    • Loss of Building Power
    • Exercise Periods
    • Monthly log reports
  • Dependability. Gen-Tracker systems have a proven track record.
  • Web-based History Log. We can check your generator from anywhere anytime via the internet.
  • Low cost installation and low annual generator monitoring fee.