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September Employee Spotlight

Patrick Endris has been a part of the Wessels Company family for over 18 years and is currently our Production Manager. Patrick attended Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. He enjoys hiking, being in nature and being near the ocean.  He dislikes rude people and drama.  In his personal time Patrick spends time with and takes care of his family.


Patrick’s fast facts:

Favorite color:  Green

Favorite food: Italian

Likes: nature and the ocean

Hobbies: hiking and walking

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How To: Size Well Water and Pressure Booster Tanks

How To: Size Well Water and Pressure Booster Tanks

The correct size for most well water and pressure booster tanks (also called hydropneumatics tanks) can be calculated by simply answering two questions: how much water do you need to store and what is the range of the pressures allowable for the water (minimum and maximum pressures)? The amount of water stored in a vessel between high and low pressures is commonly called “drawdown” and the high and low pressures are dictated by the size of the tank’s air cushion.

The calculation to determine stored water requirement (drawdown) is:

Drawdown (gal.) = pump run time (min.) * pump capacity (gpm)

Pump capacity is the maximum fluid flow-rate through a pump as determined by your pump’s design. A system designer often uses an accepted rule-of-thumb based on the pump motor size: the larger the motor, the more energy (heat) exerted during initial pump startup. Motor manufacturers have suggested the following:

Sometimes, a design engineer will state a maximum number of pump starts per hour and then divide 60 minutes by the number of allowable cycles per hour to get the pump run time. However, this false assumption will result in a tank that is excessively oversized. The following chart reveals the pump capacity multiplier needed based on the maximum number of allowable hourly pump cycles.

After you’ve calculated your drawdown based on your pump run time and pump capacity, you can use that number to determine the total gallons your tank will need to hold. The equation is:

Drawdown (gal.) ÷ acceptance factor = total gallons

Once you’ve determined your tank’s total gallon requirement, simply cross-reference that number with a list of hydropneumatic tank volumes to determine the right tank for your application!

Click to View Hydropneumatic Tank Submittal Data

Please note: the preceding sizing is based on constant flow pumping systems where the function of the tank size directly relates to pump motor protection. Sometimes, there are systems with variable frequency drive (VFD) pump motors or tanks used to store water to aid the pump’s capacity or provide deliverable storage during an electrical brown out. These systems and their associated sizing will be discussed in future installments.

Employee Spotlight for August 2018

Employee Spotlight for August 2018

August Employee Spotlight!

One of the smiling faces at Wessels is Barb Hult.  Barb has been the Accounts Payable Manager for 4 years but has been part of the Wessels family for more than 6 years. She enjoys the outdoors, reading, positivity and laughing.  Her hobbies include reading and traveling and during football season, she enjoys rooting for the Indianapolis Colts.

Barb fast facts:

Favorite color:  Blue

Favorite food: seafood

Likes: dogs, outdoors, reading, honesty

Hobbies: reading, traveling

How To: Convert Steel Compression to Bladder Diaphragm Tanks

How To: Convert Steel Compression to Bladder Diaphragm Tanks

There are many reasons to upgrade from a plain steel compression tank to a newer bladder diaphragm tank. The main benefit is to reduce maintenance in a typical HVAC system. Compression tanks are prone to waterlogging, which causes loss of pressure control in the system. Unlike a compression tank, bladder diaphragm tanks separate the air from the water, so they cannot become waterlogged. Bladder tanks are also space-saving because they are typically smaller in size.

Wessels often fields questions about how to convert compression to bladder tanks, so we’ve developed several easy tools. Our free tank sizing software can do the work for you. However, for a deeper understanding of the math involved, we recommend following along below to find the formula and charts that will help you determine what size and kind of bladder diaphragm tank is the best replacement for you.

The basic formula simplifies to this:

Now let’s see how we get there and what it means.

Installing a new bladder diaphragm tank can improve the overall function of your HVAC system and greatly reduce maintenance. The conversion formula and charts below will help ensure you get the most out of your system.

Want to skip the math? Simply click the “Size Your Tank Now” button on our website, or download the app to your phone, and use the free compression conversion tool now:

Download from the iOS App Store

Download from the Android Marketplace

Still have questions? Be sure to check out our FAQ or contact us directly via Live Chat or by calling our offices at 317-888-9800

Employee Feature for July 2018

Employee Feature for July 2018

July Employee Spotlight!

Doug Fritts is part of the Wessels Company’s engineering department.  Doug has been a design engineer for about 3 years.  He attended Purdue University Calumet and in his spare time he enjoys drawing, woodworking and playing with his kids.  He also has hobbies which take him outside like fishing, hunting and para cording.  Doug can be found rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls.


Doug fast facts:                                                

Likes: Drawing, woodworking, playing with his kids

Hobbies: fishing, hunting and sports

Nickname: Frittzy

Employee Spotlight for June 2018

Employee Spotlight for June 2018

June Employee Spotlight!

Sharon Daugherty is in our Accounting Department taking care of accounts receivable.  Sharon has been a part of the Wessels Company family for over 17 years.  She loves to sew and quilt and enjoys making her grandchildren and great-grandchildren homemade gifts.  In her free time, she can be found rooting for the Cubs and line dancing.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and neighbors and her two little dogs, Bo and Jackson.


Sharon fast facts:

Likes: Spending time with family

Dislikes: loud, rude people

Hobbies: line dancing and sewing

Nickname: Grandma

Employee spotlight for May 2018

Employee spotlight for May 2018

May Employee Spotlight!

Lori Sinn is one of our Inside Sales Representatives.  She has been part of the Wessels Company family for almost a year and a half.  She grew up on the historic shores of Sacket Harbor, New York, near the battleground of the war of 1812.  In her free time, she can be found rooting for the Indianapolis Colts during football season and Syracuse Orange’s team during college basketball season.  Lori has a great sense of humor and her laugh can be heard all through the halls at Wessels.  She also has a positive attitude both in and out of the office

Lori fast facts:                                          

Likes: nature, hiking, swimming and playing darts

Dislikes: rudeness

Hobbies: playing darts

Nickname: Lopi

Wessels Company congratulates winners of local award

Wessels Company congratulates winners of local award

GREENWOOD, Ind. — Wessels Company is proud to announce one of our interns has received the Central Nine Career Center Achievement Award for Welding Technology for 2018.

Every year, a student who shows great achievement in their chosen field is eligible for the award, which is designated with a plaque.

This year, James Ward, a Wessels Company employee and Central Nine Career Center student, was awarded the honor.

“James has been one of the outstanding C Nine individuals that has come to Wessels, his attendance has been great and has had no issues learning. It was no surprise from me that he won this award,” said James’ manager Bob Rust.

James has been a welder-in-training with Wessels for eight months.

“James has the skill set the demeanor and the personal drive to be very successful in life. I hope James has opportunity to share his experience at Wessels with other students and people in the community and encourage others to be a successful,” said Jason Wiley of Central Nine Career Center.

Wessels Company is lucky enough to have two recipients of the award, the 1974 winner, William Dick and the 2018 winner, James Ward.

William has been a welder with Wessels for over four years.

“William is our resident TIG expert that came to us after his retirement from another shop,” Rust said. “He has taught some of our employees how to TIG weld and is our go to guy right now for TIG welding, and special projects in the shop. He has been a huge asset to Wessels in training, and building vessels.”

“I enjoy working with both of them, and look forward to many more years,” Rust added.

Wessels Company President, James Fuller was on hand to congratulate both winners on their achievement and to thank them for their hard work.

Above: Central Nine Career Center Achievement Award winners William Dick (left) and James Ward (right) are congratulated by Wessels Company President, James Fuller (center).


Employee Spotlight for April 2018

Employee Spotlight for April 2018

Employee Spotlight for April 2018!

The newest addition to our Customer Service Department, Stephanie Crowe, joined us at the end of 2017. Stephanie enjoys working out, reading and traveling. She recently traveled to Thailand and tried some interesting foods like fried scorpion. She also enjoys sports and she will root for lots of different teams like the Colts, Packers and Bengals. An interesting fact about her is that she once worked in a turtle rescue center in Greece for 3 months.

Stephanie fast facts:
Likes: eating and traveling
Dislikes: mean people
Hobbies: working out and reading
Favorite color: turquoise
Nickname: Crowe or Yung Steph