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  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,526

    Significant innovations in building service are made by Wilo
    135 years of “Pumpen Intelligenz“ from Germany

    One of the worldwide leading manufacturers of pumps and pump systems for different applications / Founded in 1872 in the German city of Dortmund / Many groundbreaking innovations like the development of the first circulation accelerator in 1928 / The first fully electronic circulating pump introduced in 1988 / Worldwide innovation: High-efficiency pump for heating, air-conditioning and cooling applications in 2001 / In the 1950’s, pioneering positive internal cooling for submersible wastewater pumps, / With a total of 6,000 employees the sixth largest pump manufacturer in the world /

    Dortmund. Significant milestones of pump technology come from the German pump expert WILO AG, which has successfully operated for 135 years. With headquarters located in the German city of Dortmund, WILO is currently one of the worldwide leading manufacturers of pumps and pump systems for heating, air-conditioning and cooling systems, water supply, as well as sewage disposal and purification. Wilo pumps are manufactured for commercial buildings, municipal facilities, industrial and residential applications.

    WILO AG was founded by Louis Opländer in 1872 as a factory for copper and brass goods, and in 1920, expanded into the heating and sanitary areas. In the following decades, groundbreaking innovations have been brought to the market consistently which revolutionized building services. It all started in 1928 when the first circulation accelerator was developed and patented. An important advancement had been achieved for hot water heating systems compared to simple, inefficient gravity circulation systems. The company’s name was changed to Wilo in 1928 after Wilhelm Opländer, the founder’s son, who took over the company.

    Wilo was the first pump manufacturer to introduce completely oil-filled motors for the sewage and other solids-handling applications in diverse industries in 1950. The Wilo EMU construction principle is mechanically very robust and remains state-of-the-art in two critical areas: thermal efficiency and sealing the motor from abrasive/corrosive wastewater. Wilo EMU was a pioneer for the use of submersible pumps in dry pits that were subject to flooding

    Wilo reached a decisive step towards additional user convenience and energy efficiency in 1988 with the development of the world’s first fully electronic circulating pump “Star-Wilo E25“. With it the first “mechatronical“ - a pump type consisting of mechanical end electronic components, was ready to go into production. Unlike uncontrolled pumps, electronically controlled pumps adjust their flow rate to the actual system requirements, thus offering considerable energy savings as well as increased comfort and reliability.

    Large savings can be achieved with high-efficiency pumps. Wilo was also a pioneer when the company introduced the world’s first high-efficiency pump for heating, air-conditioning and cooling applications in 2001. The “Wilo-Stratos“ pumps are suitable for heating installations and the secondary hot water circulation of larger residential buildings. These high-efficiency pumps consume up to 80 percent less power when compared to conventional uncontrolled circulating pumps. Since 2005, owners of smaller single, and multi-family houses can also take advantage of the same saving potential – thanks to models of the Stratos series designed especially for this: the “Wilo-Stratos ECO“. In North America, WILO achieved yet another first with UL approval of the North American version of the ECM “smart” Stratos pump in January 2007, followed up with the official product launch June 15, 2007.

    In 2001, the world’s first submersible motor for wastewater applications with a hermetically sealed cooling circuit was launched. In addition to this, electronics production was established at Wilo headquarters in Dortmund. Since then the electronic components for all Wilo pump manufacturing facilities (Dortmund, Oschersleben, Aubigny/France, Gimhae/South Korea) and all brands (Wilo, Salmson, EMB) are produced there.

    In addition to the multiple groundbreaking technical developments, Wilo has developed into a modern, internationally operating company group formed on the basis of a family business with a deep rooted tradition. This is how Wilo began to build up its own subsidiaries abroad and intensified the international direction in 1965.

    In 1984 Wilo acquired the French pump manufacturer Pompes Salmson. Wilo continued its international strategy of growth in the new millennium by entering the North American market with the formation of WILO USA LLC based in Chicago, Wilo Canada Inc based in Calgary and WILO EMU LLC in Thomasville Georgia. A new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility opened in Thomasville in September 2007 to support the ever growing demand for the superior Wilo EMU pumps for municipal applications in the US. Further international steps included the acquisition of the Korean pump manufacturer LG Pumps in 2000, as well as Mather & Platt Pumps Ltd in 2006. With the acquisition of the EMU Group (Hof, Germany) in 2003, the Wilo Group has strengthened and increased its presence in municipal and industrial water supply as well as wastewater collection and treatment. In the 1980’s, submersible motor technology was adapted to a range of high performance, low-maintenance mixers which enhance industrial and municipal wastewater processes.

    Currently the WILO AG group has representative offices in more than 50 countries and employs almost 6,000 people worldwide. In 2006, the turnover amounted to $1.4 billion US - This makes Wilo the world’s sixth largest pump manufacturer. Many years ago, Wilo adopted “Pumpen Intelligenz“ to describe a customer- focused/application-driven approach for the development of innovative pumps and systems, which are deeply rooted in the methods and principles of German engineering technology. Worldwide, WILO stands for products employing best-available technologies, as well as localized and comprehensive service.

    Further information:
    WILO USA LLC (708) 338-9456 (www.wilo-na.com)
    1290 North 25th Ave
    Melrose Park, IL USA

    WILO Canada Inc (403) 276-9456 (www.wilo-na.com)
    Bay 7 – 2915 10 Ave N.E.
    Calgary, AB Canada
    T2A 5L4

    WILO EMU LLC (229) 584-0351 (www.wilo-emu.com)
    86 Genesis Parkway
    Thomasville, GA USA
    Retired and loving it.
  • Glenn Sossin_2
    Glenn Sossin_2 Member Posts: 592

    That factory shot is very impressive. Looks like it could be NASA. Definetly gives the impression of a high end quality product being produced/researched there.
  • [Deleted User]
    We just installed our first Stratos....

    And I must say, my lead installer was EXTREMELY impressed. Wants to know when he will be installing the next one. I'll get pictures tomorrow and post tomorrow night.

    I had lunch with Dr. Oplander when we were in Dortmund. A VERY interesting fellow who's primary concern is the happiness of his employees. "If they're not happy, it shows..." Obviously, they are some VERY happy people, and great people to do business with.

    The revoloution has begun. Hop on or get run over :-)

  • [Deleted User]
    As promised....

    The Stratos is the main house distribution pump. The smaller Grundfos are serving the individual boiler primaries, and the (future) DHW loops.

    The home is 18,000 square feet. Also attached is a picture of one of three courtyard/driveways/patio's (12,000 square feet total) that will be snow mellted. That in and of itself will be an amazing mechanical system.

    Three Knight KBN 500's, three individual snowmelted zones, each with a manual twist timers for pre heat or post auto heat (drifting). The Knights will be cascaded, and operate on an outdoor reset schedule when called to duty. The snowmelt system will have more Wilo pumps than did the house. I would have substituted Wilo for the pumps shown, but I ran out of time and handed it off to the site PM (Sean), who ordered what was spec'd, and it was spec'd prior to having made the switch to Wilo...

    Wilo is now my pump of choice, unless performing a repair on an existing circulator.

    Credit given where credit due. Kudos to Sean and Chris for a beautiful job. Well done guys. Keep up the great work. You make our company proud.

  • Weezbo
    Weezbo Member Posts: 6,232
    i have my foot in the bus,...

    the drivers Ape ! drove off down the street ,wrapping me around the axles,...someone on the bus let them know ..please Lol *~/:)
    What is with the World? :) to me it is like "i know! lets send the Parkas to the ladds in the desert!"

    "and the sun blocker to the North Pole, in winter" :)

    Logistics is horrible with this offering...:)

    nice work by the way :) maybe i ought to move to Florida or someplace that has the Stratos ,before i DIE waiting for them to arrive...*~/:) After they are Bushwhacked in Anchorage i suspect we will see them arrive in time for summer 2010 :)) Whatta deal :) Faith is in the things not seen...well.... The Spirits Willing...:)
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