Throw Back Thursday: Vintage Brochure from the 50’s

Cornell has been innovative and efficient for nearly 75 years. This page from one of our brochures, circa 1955, shows off a feature you still find on our pumps; the ability to mount in many different configurations. Cutting edge in the 50’s, it still gives our customers the flexibility to use our pumps in a multitude of ways.

And we think the artwork is fun!

Tuesday Tip: Proper Sump Design

Proper sump design on wet wells and collection ponds help avoid air entrainment in pumps. That air entrainment can lead to cavitation, loss of efficiency, increased maintenance, and shorter pump life.

Below are some suggestions to better design sumps to avoid problems. 

Use a straight sump with low average velocity and pumps set near the rear wall. For pumps larger than 4000 GPM, more detailed design may necessary.
The same concepts as above apply to pipe fed sumps. Slow velocity changes reduce vortexing.
Never predispose a flow to rotation. Do not place obstructions such as posts or walls in the flow path.

Virtual Pump School will feature a Video Factory Tour!

Watch this video done in 2017 to promote Pump School, to get a sense of the factory. We’ll not only be showing pre-recorded components of the factory, but we’ll also have machinery operators available to answer any of your questions, live. And we’ll be doing the same for test lab—one of the largest pump testing facilities west of the Mississippi!

You can sign up for Cornell Pumps Virtual Pump School 2020 now, for only $59; where we offer three days of industry-leading hydraulic instruction. That’s less than twenty bucks a day, an unbeatable price for accredited classes. Hurry, early bird pricing ending soon.

Register online today!

Social Media Milestone—You Could Win Cornell Swag

5000+ followers for Cornell Pump on LinkedIn

Cornell Pump reached a milestone on LinkedIn last week, topping 5,000 followers. We started our LinkedIn page in December 2011, and for many years had only a few hundred followers. It wasn’t until last year that we broke 3,000 followers. Through promoting blog posts, videos, tips, and more, we’ve been able to steadily grow.

And, we are ever-so-close to having 1,000 YouTube subscribers as well! A couple of years ago, we had fewer than 150 subscribers to the channel.   

Thank you if you have followed us already. If you have not, we encourage you to do so on our linkedIn page.

And as an added incentive, we’ll be pulling a few names for some Cornell swag, such as Cornell logoed NorthFace® jackets , Yeti® ramblers, or Maglite® knife/flashlight combos! Great stuff as a thank you! Anyone who has been a follower or follows by July 28, 2020 could be drawn for one of these prizes.

And, a second chance to win;  if we can get our YouTube channel subscribers to 1,000 (we need 67 more to reach that level), we’ll offer up more swag to the drawing.

Cornell’s Pump School Goes Digital

Join us for this first-ever opportunity to attend pump school… without leaving home! This year on September 15-17, Cornell brings Pump School to you with a completely online experience. Cornell’s virtual pump school offers all the benefits of our annual training with a few added advantages: No hotel rooms to book, no suitcases to pack, and no need to fly to Portland. 

And since the attendance is no longer limited by classroom sizes, we’ve dropped the price by nearly $150 to $59* per attendee!

Here’s what you can expect:

  • 5 courses daily in basic and advanced pump training
  • Live presentations by Cornell staff and industry experts
  • Topics including basic hydraulics, pump selection, installation, troubleshooting, and more
  • Virtual factory tour and assembly demonstration
  • After-school networking event
  • Ability to chat, interact, and ask questions
  • Continuing Education credits
  • Access to session recordings after the live event is over
  • Packet of materials mailed in advance of the seminar

For more details or to register now, visit

*Early-bird pricing applies; pricing subject to change without notice.

TUESDAY TIP: Good Piping Support

Good piping support is important to proper pump operation. The pump flanges should not be supporting the strain of the pipe. The weight of water is over eight pounds per gallon (about 3.8 kilograms for the same volume). Many systems have thousands of gallons of liquid in them when operating, weighing literally tons!

The strain on the pump can be immense, if the pipe is not properly supported—it can set up strange resonances in the system and torque on the pump shaft.

You’ll operate better, with less maintenance and repair, if you properly support your pipes!

Co-Pilot—Video Resource in Spanish

We have several Cornell Pump resources available in other languages, including Russian, Dutch, French, Chinese, and our most prevalent offering; Spanish!  One of our most recent Spanish translations includes our Cornell Co-Pilot® explanation video.

Co-Pilot: English narration with Spanish subtitles.

Cornell Co-Pilot is our innovative pump monitoring system pump data. An Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) device, Co-Pilot allows users to better plan service, track a pumps location, receive alerts about dangerous running conditions, and more with this easy to use device. Learn more about Co-Pilot.

New Cornell Logoed Flange Covers

Look for new Cornell Pump flange covers, emblazoned with our logo, to start gracing our pumps. We’re adding the covers as our current stock depletes, so if you’ll start to see them on pumps shipping in the near future.

Bob Jansen Retires from Cornell Pump

Bob Jansen, Agricultural Market Manager, retires after 43 years in the pump industry, 25 years with Cornell

Cornell Pump congratulates Bob Jansen who is retiring as our Agricultural Market Manager.  Bob Jansen, a well-known figure in the agricultural pump industry, retires after 43 years in the business; 25 of those at Cornell Pump. Taking over the department is Eric Holtan, who has been with Cornell Pump as an inside agricultural sales engineer since 2002.     

Jansen first joined Cornell Pump in the late 1980s, after having served at several retail irrigation companies. Bob was destined for pumps—having grown fond of them at Oregon State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering Technology.  Jansen worked at Cornell for several years, and then took a position with a distributor, returning as Cornell’s Agricultural Market Manager in 2006.

Jansen has been very involved with the Irrigation Association, as a longtime Certified Irrigation Designer, and as an instructor at the IA Irrigation Show, lecturing on pump design and operation. Jansen has also been instrumental in Cornell Pump’s Pump Schools for decades as a presenter and MC.  

Bob will spend more time with his wife of nearly 45 years, his three grown children, six grand kids, and large extended family.  A lover of baseball, he will also spend time coaching and umpiring youth teams, and watching his beloved San Francisco Giants and Oregon State Beavers.

“We wish Bob all the best in a well-deserved retirement,” said Marcus Davi, Cornell Pump Vice President of Sales. “He was a champion at Cornell for new products for his market, and has steadily grown our revenue, while maintaining our position as market leader. He has made the department better through his leadership, and he richly deserves to enjoy his retirement.”

About Cornell Pump Company

Cornell Pump Company, is a Clackamas, Oregon based company that provides premium quality, efficient centrifugal pumps for industrial, agricultural, mining and municipal applications. Since 1946, Cornell Pump has engineered products to be rugged, durable, and dependable— efficient by design.  Cornell pumps are found in products and applications around the world. Cornell Pump is a subsidiary of Roper Technologies, a diversified technology company that is a constituent of the S&P 500, Fortune 1000, and the Russell 1000 indices. For more information on Cornell, please call (503) 653-0330, or visit

Tuesday Tip: Check Your Bearing Lubrication and Temperature

Keeping your pump bearings well-lubricated can alleviate problems. These tips on bearings from our Installation and Care manual can help.

Bearing temperatures to 160°F (71°C) are normal. Temperatures over 200°F (93°C) are too high. The human hand can not estimate high temperatures. Use a thermometer or other device for temperature measurement.


  1. Oil level must be correct before unit is started.
  2. Oil lubricated frames must be installed horizontally and level.
  3. Grease lubricated motors and frames must be maintained per instructions accompanying the pump. Grease code EP-2 is recommended for most applications. Added grease must be the same type as recommended in the O&M manual.
  4. Oil and grease should not be mixed.