Gardner Denver Blowers in GA: The Best Option for Your Water and Wastewater Applications

Gardner Denver appreciates the complex challenges and requirements of the water and wastewater industries and offers a distinctive range of bare blowers and blower packages that are recognized for their low maintenance and excellent performance. Following is more information regarding these Garner Denver blowers in GA.

Wastewater Industry Processes

Channel Aeration: During this process, the air is propelled into tanks that contain the wastewater, creating bubbles that elevate the level of dissolved oxygen. This oxygen encourages the growth of bacteria that helps eliminate the phosphates in the water.

Grit Aeration: A spiral flow is created when air is blown into the water. When this is done, elements of a certain size plunge to the bottom of the chamber and are removed while the wastewater moves onto the next process.

Sludge Digestion: This process does not use oxygen. Instead, it turns organic material into gases, which can then be sold or used as an energy source. It is the most widely used process for larger sized plants.

Aerobic Digestion: This process – which utilizes oxidizing and decomposing organic material using oxygen - helps reduce volume and mass, as well as any harmful microorganisms. It is the most widely used wastewater handling process for smaller sized plants.

Backwash: In this process, air is used to enlarge the filter bed, breaking up compacted material. Clean backwash water is then pumped in, suspending the loose particles, which are then lifted into troughs and transported away.

Gardner Denver Blowers In GA: The Complete Package

Gardner Denver has more blower package options and technology designs than any other provider to deliver tailored options including:

They also provide reliable monitoring that includes:

3 Stages of Protection from Gardner Denver Blowers in GA

  1. Monitors all functions.
  2. Sends notice if an abnormal event occurs.
  3. Takes action by shutting down the system and notifying the operator if a critical threshold is penetrated.

Saving Money with Gardner Denver Blowers in GA

Maintenance: Save BIG with best-in-class energy efficiency
Investment: Lower your bottom line, increase your profits
Energy: energy consumption is typically the largest cost of ownership

For more detailed information regarding Gardner Denver blowers in GA and to get professional advice on choosing the right type to suit your needs, please call our office today to speak with one of our experts.

Keep in mind that we specialize in a variety of advisory and installation services, all designed to help you get the most out of your equipment.

Viking vacuum pump, Pye Barker Engineered Solutions, Georgia, Florida

One of the hardest things for a rep to do is to read the client’s mind. The team here at Pye-Barker often gets asked to advise if vacuum A or vacuum B is better for the client. The truth is, there is no one size fits all answer.

In order for you to be clear on what you need and also give the rep all the information they need to be able to give you a good answer. Here are seven questions you need to be able to answer for yourself.

Vacuum Pump Buyer’s Question 1: Are there space considerations?

Before we even get to performance it’s important to know how much space we have to work with – and any logistical concerns getting the unit to its new home (e.g. narrow doors). Space restrictions cut down the options. That said, there are plenty of units that give you a high flow from a small unit.

Vacuum Pump Buyer’s Question 2: What’s the required pressure?

Sometimes we see buyers of replacement units confuse the required operating pressure with the ultimate pressure on the specs. It pays to be very clear about what your required operating pressure is or you could end up with a pump that isn’t perfect for your needs.

Vacuum Pump Buyer’s Question 3: What is the required flow?

When specifying your vacuum flow make sure that you use either Actual Cubic Feet Per Minute (ACFM) or Standard Cubic Feet Per Minute (SCFM). Mixing these up when specifying your vacuum could mean a unit that is oversized or undersized.

Vacuum Pump Buyer’s Question 4: What is your evacuation time and pressure parameters?

Whether you need a two second or 10 second evacuation time depends on the application. Vacuum pumps used in chemical applications can have completely different time and pressure parameters to vacuums used by the food industry.

Vacuum Pump Buyer’s Question 5: What contaminants are in the environment?

Contamination (regardless of type) of the vacuum could cause unit to need additional repairs, have a shorter life or just not perform at your specified standards. Understanding all the potential sources of contamination will allow our team to recommend the right protections for your new vacuum.

Vacuum Pump Buyer’s Question 6: Any Other Environmental Considerations?

Is your vacuum working in a wet/dry process? What ambient temperature will it be operating in?

Not selecting a pump designed to operate in your specific environment will lead to more repairs, higher maintenance bills and more downtime than you would otherwise expect.

Vacuum Pump Buyer’s Question 7: What do you want your investment profile to look like?

Generally you can keep capital costs down by buying a unit that has less upfront costs but may cost more to maintain and operate. Or if you need to keep operating costs down you can invest extra in smarter system controls that will provide you with monitoring data which can ultimately lower running costs.

The choice is yours if you know what you want.

Need a new Vacuum Pump? Well when you can answer these seven questions then by all means give the team at Pye-Barker a call on 404-363-6000 or drop us a line And if you can’t answer these questions give us a call anyway and we can help you work thru the specifics and get the right vacuum for your application.

Regardless of whether you are building a brand new blower system or are overhauling an existing one. This is the perfect time for you and your team to be sure that you are getting the best possible performance from your blower system.

Let’s dissect these roadblocks and make sure you are getting everything you can out of your system

Roadblock #1: Improper Ventilation. For optimal blower performance the blower room needs to be adequately ventilated. If not, you are risking additional downtime, increased maintenance intervals and reduced performance. Check with us about the ventilation and installation specs for your units.

Roadblock #2: Piping System Design. The aim of the game is to minimize pressure drop. This can be measured in an existing system by measuring the pressure at the blower and then the pressure at the discharge points. And it can be calculated from a blueprint.

As a rule choose the right material for your pipes. Use larger diameter pipes and minimize the number of elbows and T’s in the piping system so that your blowers aren’t working to combat pressure drop.

Roadblock #3: System Integration of the Blower Units. We are living in the ‘Golden Age’ of blower systems. Okay, I exaggerate slightly but blower manufactures have made huge strides in creating fully integrated blower units. No more buying individual components and trying to get them to work together. It’s safer and cheaper just to buy the off the shelf systems. The manufacturer has tested them and if they are installed correctly there is only one place to point the finger if you have a problem.

Roadblock #4: Blower System Integration. While blower manufacturers can only test the power consumption of their units and promote their energy efficiency, a given blower may or may not be energy efficient in your system. So be sure to understand your system’s requirements and how the blowers specified perform in that system.

Make sure you use a master controller to keep running costs down through reduced energy consumption and reduced maintenance costs.

Roadblock #5: Maintenance Program. Most of our clients get this, but all the same we see enough cases where the recommended maintenance is seen as a recommendation not a prescription to minimize downtime. I won’t go into the ‘ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure’ routine.

What I’ll advise is: Set up a service log for each component. Follow the service recommendations from the manufacturer. It will reduce downtime and it will prevent costly repairs.

I’ve just outlined 5 roadblocks to efficient blower systems.

If you are seeing these roadblocks in your system then it might be a good time to talk. We can help you identify problems with the system as it stands and then make sure that you get the right blower units for the requirements. Call 404-363-6000 or drop us a line at and we can guide you through the process.


While the vast majority of our customers are looking for a direct replacement for an existing blower, or have engineers designing their new system who have made the calculations to determine the flow and pressure/vacuum required so then all we have to do is match the specs… we still get enough instances where a customer/engineering firm will pick a blower from a catalogue, order it and then complain to us about the results.

If you want to avoid being disappointed with a blower unit you’ve purchased then here are the three most common rookie mistakes:

Picking the Wrong Sized Blower

These clients will often select the smallest blower to provide the flow and pressure they require.  This is often at the top end of the flow and pressure curves, and not the optimum performance point.

This results in higher than necessary power consumption and a shorter life for the blower. We are all too familiar with trying to save a little bit of money upfront and then it costs us over the long term with higher running costs, higher maintenance costs and lost productivity due to downtime.

We try to select a blower at approximately 85% of its maximum.  This is the “sweet spot” for performance, life span of the blower and energy efficiency.

Someone Messed Up Their Calculations

We do see errors in the system calculations that can result in selecting the wrong blower.  Failing to account for line losses in piping would be an example.

While there isn’t much you can do to after the horse has bolted except get in a blower that can do the job. You can always double-check your work and also double check your measurements, and also explain to us how you came up with your specifications so we can double check them for you.

When the Blower Doesn’t Do What It Says in the Brochure

We also see that clients forget to adjust their blower specifications for atmospheric conditions (elevation/atmospheric pressure, temperature, and humidity) when selecting the blower.  Remember, the manufacturer’s literature show performance based on standard conditions (14.7 PSIA, 68 deg F, and 36% humidity).

For the record: At elevation you can use a smaller blower; at lower temps you can use a smaller blower; at lower humidity the air the blower has to push against is less dense so it can move more air.

Whatever happens we can help you by double checking your calculations and specifications before we recommend a blower for your system. Call 404-363-6000 or drop us a line at and we can review everything so that you don’t get short with your next blower purchase.

A Vital Lesson In Double Checking Your Pump Specifications(you’ll be glad this didn’t happen to you).

Pumps for Process

The proper pump in the proper system will work just fine

A while ago now, we were approached by an engineering firm (who will remain nameless for obvious reasons) to quote on a pumping system for their customer on peanut butter.

The engineering firm had been engaged to design the system and manage the construction project.

Like any good pump supplier we double checked their plans and made sure the specifications were going to deliver the desired outcome. We won the contract to supply the pumps they’d specified for the system.

So far, so good.

This was a fairly complex system. What you might not know about peanut butter and may not want to know, is that it has different viscosity's at different stages in the production life-cycle. There were multiple models of pumps, multiple configurations of some of the same models of pump depending on where it was going to be used in the system.

The pumps were purchased, the packages assembled and delivered. Everything was then installed.

The day the system goes live we get a phone call.

“These pumps you sold us aren’t up to the task.”

There is some back and forth… something about, they meet all the specs we were sent. We double checked everything… They should have worked.

“Let’s get our maintenance team out there and take a look – let’s get this fixed.”

We get there and we know something has gone horribly wrong…

I don’t know how it happened but many of the pumps ended up in the wrong spots in the system… a quick consult of the plans verses serial numbers confirms it.

We get the pumps cleaned up and repaired for the client and then spend the next few days working to get all the pumps correctly installed as per the original plans for the system.

We got the problem solved for the client with a minimum of fuss and downtime. The system works great now.

But I will say there are a couple of important lessons in this for you, the plant manager. First – double check that the right equipment is installed in the right place. Don't leave this all in the hands of on outside engineering firm. And second, respect the recommendations of the pump manufacturer’s representative. They know their product and regardless of the specifications you give them, they will give you the advice on the best way to achieve your goals.

Final Thought: If you are looking to build a new pumping/process system or want to increase the efficiency of an existing one, bring your specs to us. At no cost or obligation, we can make recommendations for you on how to reduce operating cost, increase run time and decrease ‘total cost of ownership’. Call 404-363-6000 or drop us a line at

Gardner Denver IQ Package

Gardner Denver IQ Package with the panels removed

We’ve got clients in multiple industries using Gardner Denver IQ Blowers for applications including pneumatic conveying, vacuum and aeration in wastewater treatment. However, I know there are clients and customers who should be using them but aren’t.

I thought it was time to do a review of the IQ Blower range and talk about why they are, in my humble opinion, the best blower units on the market.

The design team at Gardner Denver has worked very hard with the IQ Blower range to achieve 3 primary goals:

Minimized Downtime: For many of our clients their blowers are mission critical – and downtime costs more than the costs of the parts and labor to repair their blower. It can result in missed production quotas, missed shipping deadlines, damage to reputation, and possibly even long standing client relationships.

The Gardner Denver IQ Blowers have several ‘low cost’ but high value features built in to them to minimize downtime and to give the buyer the lowest possible total cost of ownership. Features like the cooling fan – that runs for 10 minutes after shutdown – cooling down the unit sufficiently, or the automatic tensioner on the belt drive, to get maximum life out of each belt.

Ease of Maintenance and Repairs: The physical unit itself has been designed to make routine maintenance, repairs and even overhauls as easy as possible. The pop-up top on the unit gives direct access to filters, oil refill caps and conduit boxes.

The side panels can opened with a quarter turn latch key, where the oil drain taps, filters and sensors are immediately available.

If you need to remove the blower package for any reason it can be removed in one piece by forklift so that major works can be done in the open – as quickly as possible.

Control System Integration: The Air Smart Controller will sync up maintenance history, advisory history, temperature shutdowns and it can interface with a SCADA system – allowing you to monitor your IQ blowers from your control room.

Coupled with the fact that the unit is actually ‘plug and play’ – no special foundations – just put the unit on a level surface and connect power and plumb in the pipes, program the Air Smart Controller and you are pretty much away to the races.

If you need a new blower or are looking to replace an existing blower, Gardner Denver has a great blower sizing tool – if you need a rough estimate of what you need. Otherwise the team here at Pye-Barker can help you with an in-depth analysis of your existing system or new system and we can help you select the right blower for you. Just get in touch by phone at 404-363-6000 or drop us a line at

Comparing Equipment Purchases

Be sure when evaluating equipment purchases that you are comparing apples to apples

“In The Absence Of Information People Will Buy Based On Price.”

I’ll admit that I can’t for the life of me remember who said that but I don’t believe I have the genius to think it up myself. And the default information finder of the 21st century, Google – hasn’t helped at all.

When clients are comparing two alternative proposals, far too often we find them preferring the cheaper option because it is exactly that, cheaper upfront…

The reason I say upfront is because when you buy a pump or a blower or an air compressor you are actually making a capital investment in your business.

You either have an existing unit that needs replacing or you need it as part of new process. No doubt that process is either going to cut costs or is going make you money by allowing you to offer up a new product or service.

So while it is tempting to pay as little as possible up front there is more to the purchase than just sticker price.

Let’s work through an example say purchasing a new air compressor unit.

We often find ourselves competing against the 800lb gorilla in the market and they will typically give away their unit in order to get the order; knowing full well that once you’ve brought their unit you are locked in with them for the life of the unit for spare parts AND servicing.

Sadly they know that you can’t shop those around and that you’ll have to pay their price. And their margins on parts and servicing will more than make up for the money they gave up on the initial purchase.

So while you might have saved money on the initial purchase, you will pay more over the lifetime of the purchase. Which means you haven’t actually cut your costs the way you thought you did or in other words, you haven’t made as much additional profit from your new products or service as you anticipated.

This is called Total Cost of Ownership – it’s a common metric for capital equipment purchases.

The Gardner Denver air compressors we carry might be a little more costly upfront than some of our competitors however you’ll find they are actually very inexpensive to own over the life of the compressor. Our parts pricing is competitive and our service contracts are more competitive (and handled by our own Gardner Denver factory trained service technicians). We do this for the simple reason we don’t run an extortion racket to make back the discounts we offered selling you the unit in the first place.

Along with the slightly higher price you also get better quality components and construction so that you’ll need less maintenance and repairs. Which means that you know your air system is doing what you wanted it to do all along – providing the reliable air you need without interruption.

Regardless of if you are looking for a new pump, air compressor, blower or vacuum pump, here at Pye-Barker we can help you evaluate your options so that you get the best option for your requirements and the highest return on your investment. Give one of the team a call at 404-363-6000 or drop us a line





Savannah Office Address:
1105 Louisville Rd
Savannah, GA 31415
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Forest Park, GA 30297
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