Pioneering energy efficiency through innovation
Bell & Gossett is no stranger to blazing new trails in in energy efficiency. The pump manufacturer has been at the industry forefront for decades, bringing products to market that incorporate the latest technologies and deliver the highest levels of efficiency.
Since its founding in 1916, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit set the course for Bell & Gossett to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pumps, valves, heat exchangers and accessories for plumbing, wastewater and HVAC applications. When it introduced its better booster pump in 1930, Bell & Gossett established a legacy of ingenuity, quality and affordability that continues to inspire innovation in the field of hydronic heating.
Inventions by Bell & Gossett – like the booster pump – revolutionized commercial building heating systems. Many of the company’s products were the result of trying to solve a particular challenge. That’s the story of the Bell & Gossett brand in a nutshell – ingenious solutions inspired by customers’ business challenges.
Such is the case with renowned Bell & Gossett engineer Gilbert Carlson, who developed the concept of primary/secondary pumping in 1953 while on a problem job in New York City. The contractor had used Monoflo tees to install perimeter radiation loops in a large office building. The problem was that the pressure drop through each Monoflo circuit was too high; water simply wouldn’t move through the radiators. After a few calculations, Carlson suggested the contractor use small booster pumps on each circuit and run the main pump continuously. It solved the problem then and is still a standard tool of engineers, contractors and boiler manufacturers today.
Becoming a global player
Bell & Gossett’s acquisition by ITT Corp. in 1963 introduced the brand to a global audience. During the 1980s, Bell & Gossett engineers pioneered microprocessor control of pumping systems, pressure boosting, variable speed pumping and heat transfer packages. In 1982, the Series 90 close-coupled inline mounted pump was introduced, and in 1990 Bell & Gossett released its highly acclaimed equipment selection program, ESP Plus.
In 2011, Bell & Gossett became part of Xylem Inc., the spinoff of the water-related businesses of ITT Corp. As one of Xylem’s leading brands, Bell & Gossett products can be found in high-profile facilities around the U.S. where innovation and efficiency are highly prized, including the Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles and the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
A leader in efficiency
In recent years, Bell & Gossett has focused on revamping its pump line for the highest efficiencies. In 2017, the company became the first pump manufacturer to be fully compliant with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) pump efficiency regulations – three years in advance of the 2020 compliance date.
Bell & Gossett’s e-Series line for HVAC and plumbing applications represent broadest portfolio of pump types in DOE compliance. The e-Series pumps are designed with cutting-edge computational fluid dynamics technology, which produces dramatic improvements in efficiency. These highly efficient pumps not only use less energy, they contribute to increased system performance and lower life cycle costs.
Improving overall system performance
Today, Bell & Gossett continues to lead the industry in providing smart solutions for modern day challenges facing its customers through both product innovation and deep technological expertise. Increasing the overall efficiency of commercial buildings is a top priority for facility owners, architects and engineers in order to achieve sustainability goals and reduce costs and Bell & Gossett’s current portfolio of award-winning and industry-leading products are designed to optimize performance across a variety of applications.
In new or retrofit commercial building HVAC systems, total system design is key to maximizing efficiency. By combining Bell & Gossett’s expansive portfolio of pumps with advanced variable speed drives and ECM motors, hydronic systems can achieve greater efficiencies than ever before, saving thousands each year in energy costs.
Earlier this year, Bell & Gossett unveiled a new line of double suction centrifugal pumps designed specifically for commercial HVAC systems. The newest addition is Series e-HSC Double Suction Pump built to bring a higher level of efficiency and serviceability to critical HVAC applications. The highly versatile double suction pump simplifies the Bell & Gossett portfolio and delivers powerful performance and industry-best efficiency.
Solving the next generation of buildings
With more than a century of experience in manufacturing pumps, valves, heat exchangers and accessories for plumbing, wastewater and HVAC applications, Bell & Gossett, along with its trusted network of manufacturer’s representatives, is helping build and operate sustainable, efficient water systems in some of the most iconic commercial building of our time. After all, setting new standards and then going beyond is how Bell & Gossett solves buildings.