The basic activities involved in the selection and purchasing of pumps as described at the beginning of this chapter are substantially the same now as in the past, and will be in the future. However, the processes and technologies employed in performing these activities are changing rapidly because of the Information age. The motivations surrounding these changes are driven by the desire for shorter cycle times, higher quality, and lower costs in the selection and purchasing process. These objectives are driven by the availability of new and emerging information technologies that offer a seamless and structured flow of information between the purchaser's and the supplier's sales, applications, engineering, and manufacturing functions. The availability of computer systems guarantees only that the infrastructure is in place to achieve the anticipated benefits. However, common work practices in both an intercompany and intracompany environment must be adopted and adapted to these new technologies. These process changes, not the availability of new information technologies, will govern the speed at which the pump industry changes in the future.

The emergence and use of new information technologies such as pumping system and selection systems, product configurators, electronic data exchange, and the Internet were described. These technologies are in use today, but will be "re-invented" on the Internet in the future in ways that cannot be fully anticipated. However, the rapid changes brought on by the Information age must be recognized for what they are—a support process in the selection and purchase of pumping equipment. The information age will support, but not replace, the basic requirement to design, select, configure, and manufacture high quality and reliable pumps that support a substantial part of our modern life and industry today.

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Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable.

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