News: Frankly Speaking

Now Available! The SSP Smartstart Pump Starter


Franklin Electric, introduces the SSP Smartstart Pump Starter. It features a Class S electronic overload to handle a wide range of applications, and an input that accepts 200‐600 Volts – it is a true plug and play install.

Integrated electronic motor and pump protection

  • Class S electronic overload (designed for submersible motors)
  • Underload (dry‐run protection)
  • Current phase unbalance protection
  • Cycle fault protection
  • Locked rotor and stall protection
  • Out of calibration
    • Detects if overload FLA dial is improperly set

Multi‐voltage operating range with automation I/O

  • Accepts 200‐600 VAC directly
  • Includes a dry contact auto‐run input and fault relay output
  • Optional run timer ‐ adjustable up to 12 hours
    • Starter will run for selected time then return to OFF until another run command is given

If you have any questions regarding Franklin Control Systems, please contact your local Territory Manager, Field Service Engineer or our Hotline at 800‐348‐2420.



Ryan Lauw
Product Manager, Starters & Industrial Products

Pressure Transducer Wiring Change


Franklin Control Systems has recently switched pressure transducer vendors. This switch has led to a slight change in our quickstart guide due to differing wire colors (new transducer has a black output wire, old transducer has a white output wire). The updated transducer wiring procedure is detailed below.

Pressure Transducer:

  1. Peel back insulation to expose shield (bare) wire. Note: Green & white wires should not be used.
  2. Wire the pressure transducer’s positive RED wire to the VFD terminal marked V+ for 12 VDC (“24” for 24 VDC) and the output BLACK wire to terminal I with the shield wired to:
    1. 5G for drives 40 hp or less
    2. CM on 50 hp and above
  3. For 24 VDC transducer setup, a wire jumper is required between CM and 5G.

Pressure Transducer

We apologize for any inconvenience this change has caused. If you have any further questions, please contact your local Territory Manager, Field Service Engineer or our Hotline at 800-348-2420.


Tommy Trullinger
Product Manager, Variable Frequency Drives

Released: AG Series Cast Iron Centrifugal Pumps



Franklin Electric is excited to announce the release of the AG Series cast iron centrifugal pumps designed to outperform the competition in challenging water transfer applications demanding high performance and efficiency in industrial, commercial and agricultural markets.

The AG Series is equipped with standard JM and JP motor frames along with a stainless steel shaft sleeve to prolong the life of the pump. Pumps are available to fit the industry’s most popular models ranging from 3 thru 75 hp with flow ratings from 50 thru 1000 gpm with a maximum shut-off pressure of over 175 psi.

Optimized via CAD modeling and simulation, the pump’s updated hydraulic design offers improved energy efficiency, enhanced durability and extended operating life in water applications such as irrigation, turf & landscape maintenance, crop and livestock watering, pressure boosting and water circulation. Its standardized mounting dimensions and plumbing connections provide a quick and easy retrofit, reducing downtime, and the product’s “back pull-out” design makes repairs fast and simple.

If you have any questions regarding Franklin Electric¹s AG Series cast iron centrifugal pumps, please contact your local Franklin Electric Territory Manager.

VFD Start-Up for Submersible Pumps: Video


A visual guide for basic wiring and programming the P Series VFD using FastApp™ firmware

FastApp application based commissioning makes start-up easier than ever. Select your application and the parameters are automatically adjusted based on industry standards.

Happy Holidays



Franklin Electric would like to thank you for your business and continued support this holiday season.

We wish you a very happy holiday and successful New Year!

North American Water Systems Holiday Hours

Technical Service Hotline

December 25th Closed
January 1st Closed

Customer Service:

Dec 24th Closed at noon CST
Dec. 25th Closed
Dec. 27th & Dec. 30th Normal Operation
Dec 31st Closed at noon CST
Jan 1st Closed
Jan 2nd Normal Operation

Bolton FranklinTECH Schedule


Franklin Electric is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 class schedules for FranklinTECH at our Bolton, Ontario facility. This seminar series is designed to provide water systems professionals with interactive classroom and hands-on training.

Date   Topic
Nov, 19th and 20th 2013   English Basic and Advanced Drives (submersible motor design and construction; overview of control and protection devices; application and troubleshooting; basic electricity and use of meters; general theory and design of Variable Frequency Drives; application and troubleshooting with drives) This class qualifies for Key Dealer Basic and Advanced Drives certification.
Jan, 14th and 15th 2014   English Industrial & Irrigation (Centrifugal pump theory and design; sizing of pumps and use of pump curves; three phase controls and protection; large drives; application and troubleshooting) This class qualifies for Key Dealer Basic and Advanced I&I certification.
Jan, 28th and 29th 2014   French Basic and Advanced Drives
Feb, 26th and 27th 2014   English Basic and Advanced Drives
Mar, 12th and 13th 2014   French Basic and Advanced Drives
Mar 26th and 27th 2014   English Industrial & Irrigation

Classes include hands-on training, product demonstrations, instruction on the use of meters, and all support materials for the session. All FranklinTECH courses qualify for certification within the scope of our Franklin Certified Contractor program, based on an individual’s eligibility.

Session Start 8:30 am
Lunch (provided) Noon
Session Ends 4:30 pm (approximately)

FranklinTECH courses are open to professional water systems distributors, contractors, and installers. There is no charge for attendance, but classes are limited to the first 20 who register. To register, please contact Cathy Pinarello by telephone at 1-888-885-8637, or by email at For more information, please contact your Franklin Territory Manager.

SolarPAK Panel Kits Now Available


Franklin Electric is happy to announce the addition of Solar Panel Kits to accompany the SolarPAK line of solar powered submersible pumping systems.

The offering includes two solar module array kits:

  1. Top-of-pole mount kits
  2. Solar module only, contractor supplied mount, kits.

To make ordering and installation easy, all kits include:

  • Solar panels modules
  • Ground wire and bonding equipment
  • Square-D 600 Volt, 30 Amp, NEMA 3R DC-Rated disconnect switch
  • Connection wire for use between the solar panels and the DC disconnect
  • Connection wire for use between the DC disconnect and the SubDrive Solar control unit
  • Galvanized ground rod and clamps
  • Mechanical layout of the panel structure

The Solar Panel Kits sell sheet can be downloaded from the solar website, or via the link below. The website also includes links to the SolarPAK catalog, owner’s manual, and our web-based solar sizing software. This software will help you select the proper system solution based off your location and specific duty requirements. Be sure to check back often for updates.

To learn more about Franklin Electric’s solar pumping systems, please contact your local territory sales manager or a Franklin Electric customer service representative.

SolarPAK Downloads

Franklin Electric Releases Vertical Multi-stage Pumps


VR-Baldor-Pumps_FinalFranklin Electric’s VR Series, stainless steel vertical multi-stage pumps feature an innovative hydraulic design, superior efficiency and a heavy duty bearing designed to virtually eliminate axial and other moving part adjustments while utilizing industry standard motors. The VR Series is designed to deliver clean water under pressure with temperatures ranging from -5 °F to 250 °F for a multitude of commercial and industrial applications.

All models are constructed with 316 stainless steel for superior corrosion resistance, ease of installation, and to meet or exceed municipalities’ pure water requirements. Available in flow ratings include: 8 to 60 gpm, .75 to 10 hp delivering up to 750’ TDH, in 50/60 Hz.

The VR Series is ideal for use in many applications, including:

  • Water supply and pressure boosting
  • Water treatment
    • Reverse-osmosis
  • Light industry
    • Wash down and circulation systems
    • Process water
  • Irrigation and farming
    • Golf courses
    • Ball parks
    • Municipal parks
  • Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning
    • Boiler feeds
  • Fire suppression systems

Additional offerings such as the BT4 and MH Series boosters, stainless steel centrifugals, booster packages, and electronic control systems offer product line depth and have proven reliable in a wide variety of applications.

You can download the VR Series brochure here

To learn more about Franklin Electric’s VR Series line of vertical multi-stage pumps or any of our Irrigation and Industrial pumping solutions, please contact your local Franklin Electric Territory Manager.

Franklin Headquarters Relocation Complete


Franklin Electric Co., Inc. is proud to announce the relocation to its new World Headquarters and Engineering Center of Excellence. The new facility is located at 9255 Coverdale Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana, near Fort Wayne International Airport.


The new facility will serve as its corporate headquarters and expand its research, development, design, and testing capacity. The 118,800 square foot building will house the company’s current headquarters staff of 245 employees, as well as allow for future growth. The ability to increase engineering and laboratory testing due to its state-of-the-art 24,000 square foot testing lab will facilitate long-term product innovation and growth.

In conjunction with over 20 Franklin Electric products used to move and manage water within the building, the new site utilizes geothermal heating and cooling and incorporates aesthetic exterior water features to act as functional parts of the system.

Franklin Electric SubDrive SolarPAK Updates


Untitled-2In order to meet your growing needs and support future growth with the solar product line, we have expanded our current product line and upgraded our selection software.

Some of the new features available in the SolarPAK selector include:

    • Ability to size a system based on water volume per day, or by desired flow rate.


    • View solar performance curves for each model, and see the operating point of your system.


    • Graphical charts for irradiation data and output performance estimates.


    • Two printable PDF options: a seven page detailed report or single page summary report.

        • You can insert a company name, contact name, phone number, quote number and date.

        • The detailed report provides information such as replacement parts, dimensions, and wiring information as well as charts, graphs, and curves from the software.


    • Features an easy to use interface.  All you need is a location, TDH, and water output requirement and it will do the rest!


    • If you know what panel will be used, it can size the array for you!

The Subdrive SolarPAK selector is available through the Franklin Electric solar website:

In addition to upgrading the selection software, we are also pleased to announce the introduction of four new SolarPAK models to the Franklin Electric solar offering:

    • 18 lpm 1.1 kW / 5 gpm 1.5 hp


    • 25 lpm 2.2 kW / 7 gpm 3.0 hp


    • 100 lpm 1.1 kW / 35 gpm 1.5 hp


    • 100 lpm 2.2 kW / 35 gpm 3.0 hp

These new model serve more applications at a variety of operating conditions.

The SubDrive SolarPAK catalog has also gone through an upgrade. It now includes voltage curves allowing an array to be specified without using the selection software. This is a great addition for sizing an array on the fly when a computer may not be readily available!

To learn more about Franklin Electric’s SubDrive Solar products, please contact your local Franklin Electric representative.