Successful Coordination of VFDs in Pumping Systems: 1-Part Live Webinar - April 6, 2023

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Successful Coordination of Variable Frequency Drives in Pumping Systems

Date: April 6, 2023
Time: 1:00 PM (EST)


In engineered pumping systems, success most often begins with the quality of the specifications and drawings. A pumping system specification that is pulled together in a piecemeal, component-by-component way without a complete understanding of the application, concerns, potential pitfalls and ongoing maintenance requirements, can be a roadmap to failure. Conversely, a specification that considers performance needs, which includes installation, project coordination, and lifecycle cost, driven by the experts who understand the entire process and each pump application within it, is likely to exceed customer expectations.

Based on the white paper of the same name, this webinar provides a guide to facilitate coordination of the Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) with the pump and the motor (driver) within pumping system(s) contract documents (specifications and drawings) for a successful, fully functional pumping system.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic principles of a variable frequency drive (VFD) and why they are incorporated into a pumping system. 
  2. Identify the key players, and their responsibilities, in the startup, commissioning, and operation of a pumping system that includes a VFD.
  3. Identify common concerns and considerations when selecting a VFD for a particular application.
  4. Understand the typical pitfalls a VFD may experience during the commission and start-up of a pumping system. 
  5. Knowledge of the long-term relationship associated with the end user following a successful integration of the design, installation and operation of the pump, motor, and controls.

Jeff Bergman

Business Development Manager

ABB Motion

Jeff Bergman has enjoyed a lengthy career as a drives and controls expert in the water and wastewater industries. His experience as a global key account manager, product and sales manager, and application and industry specialist taught him that although his own knowledge is important, everyone brings a unique value to the table. Nurturing effective cross-functional team environments has been a core focus for him throughout his career. In fact, you could say that it’s become a bit of a passion to share knowledge.

A long-time member of the Hydraulic Institute, Jeff has chaired committees on training, specification, industry coordination, and governing regulation and industry effect. He’s also been a featured speaker for municipal, environmental, and industry organizations.

Jeff graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree from Clemson University. He began his career at GE and has worked for Westinghouse/Cutler Hammer, Danfoss, and currently holds the position of Business Development Manager, at ABB. 

Miles Mahaffy

Manager – NAM Application Development Center


Miles graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston Ontario Canada and concentrated on Power Electronics and controls.  He began his career in 1990 with ABB in the growing Drives industry in design and development.   He progressed his knowledge and experience by holding positions in: Firmware development, Applications engineering, Regional Sales (Canada and the US) and Drives product management.

Miles resides in Milwaukee Wisconsin where he where he currently markets and promotes Drives for Danfoss. 

In his spare time, Miles enjoys sailboat racing on lake Michigan, and downhill skiing with his family.

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