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PowerSource: Godwin's Brain Boost - Xylem graduates a new class of Godwin dewatering pumps that are smarter than ever

Godwin pumps just reached a whole new level of intelligence with the launch of the new “Smart” Series of pumps.

The new Godwin S Series features Godwin’s Field Smart Technology, which offers remote monitoring and control of the pumping unit and GPS-enabled tracking in real time from any smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer.

The new pumps are the next generation of CD150M and NC150M pumping units that have been mainstays in the Godwin lineup, owned by parent company Xylem. The new models — the CD150S and NC150S — now sport an “S” to designate their heightened intelligence.

Mike Ramos, engineering manager for Godwin Pump, says the company will offer the CD150S and NC150S with the PowerTech™ EWX 4.5L engine that meets Final Tier 4/Stage V emissions without requiring diesel exhaust fluid (DEF).

Godwin uses the Field Smart Technology to monitor the soot levels in the diesel particulate filter. “I feel John Deere took a balanced approach to emissions control technology with its Final Tier 4 engines,” says Ramos. “Its in-cylinder treatment and aftertreatment systems seem to be working efficiently, and the engine doesn’t need to go into regen as often [compared to the previous John Deere Interim Tier 4 engines].”

John Deere Final Tier 4/Stage IV engines are available on several models of CD (high-volume, medium-head); HL (medium-volume, high-head); Vac-Prime; and NC (non-clogging) pumps. Godwin also plans to launch John Deere engines on its new line of flood-protection pumps, slated for release later in 2019.

All pumps feature the Godwin Dri-Prime® automatic selfpriming system. “That’s the secret sauce that enables the pump to automatically prime itself,” explains Ramos. “Priming is lifting the water up to the pump so the impeller can take over and start pumping it away.”

Xylem pairs the Final Tier 4 engines with a PrimeGuard controller, a fully programmable, microprocessor-enginecontrol system that offers auto-throttling of the engine rpm in response to changing pressure, level, and flow. “It’s really about matching pump performance to the requirements of the application. In a lot of applications, the performance requirements of our pumps can change from hour to hour, depending on the conditions,” continues Ramos. “The ECU gives us the opportunity to vary pump speed in response to these changes, which can improve fuel economy.”

Xylem sources the engines from Bell Power Systems. “The engineering support from Bell Power has been fantastic. When we want to customize a pumping unit for a sound-attenuated enclosure, they work closely with us,” says Ramos, adding that the John Deere engine distributor will provide a list of available engine options and CAD drawings, and they will engineer a custom power unit.

Godwin has been purchasing John Deere engines for the past 30 years, says Ramos. “Godwin brought automatic self-priming technology to North America, and it’s been reliable over the years, kind of like a John Deere engine, which makes the two of them a good pair,” says Ramos.

He adds that the worldwide John Deere dealer network is important, too. “It’s a big part of what makes a John Deere– powered Godwin pump successful,” he says. “There’s that marketing slogan, ‘Nothing Runs Like a Deere,’” Ramos says. “That holds true for the industrial engines.”

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