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

Franklin Electric Releases C1 Series Cistern Pumps

C1-Series-Pump2Franklin Electric announces the release of the C1 Series stainless steel submersible cistern pumps. Designed for use in graywater/filtered effluent service applications with the ability to pass solids up to 1/8″ in diameter during normal operation without impacting the life of the pump. The C1 Series also pumps work equally well in pumping from clean water cisterns in agricultural, residential, and commercial installations.

C1 Series pumps are offered in flow ratings of 10, 20, and 30 gpm, with a maximum shut-off pressure of over 100 psi and are available with a high quality 115 V or 230 V, ½ hp motor.

The pumps are available for immediate sale in the US, Canada & Mexico.

Visit the C1 Series web page to learn more about its features and other Franklin Electric submersible pumping solutions.

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.

New High Pressure Sensor Kit Now Available

Franklin Electric is proud to introduce a high-pressure sensor, adjustable from 75 to 150 psi (5.2 – 10.3 bar) available January 24, 2012.

This high-pressure sensor is designed for applications required to pump water for long runs or higher elevations/lifts and is designed to work with the following Franklin Electric drives:

- SubDrive75                    – Inline 1100
– SubDrive100                  – Inline CP
– SubDrive150                  – MonoDrive
– SubDrive300                  – MonoDriveXT
– SubDrive2W

Caution:  Before installing verify tank rating with manufacturer to ensure the tank is compatible with higher pressures. The pressure sensor will produce higher pressures that are not suitable for residential applications. Consult Franklin Electric’s SubDrive/MonoDrive Installation Manual (M1560) for further instructions, warnings, codes, necessary precautions and additional guidelines.

If you have any questions regarding Franklin Electric’s drives and controls, or any of our water pressure solution products, please contact your Franklin Electric Territory Manager, Field Service Engineer, or Technical Service Hotline.

Franklin Electric’s Pump Selector Now Multilingual

As the first quarter begins, we would like to take this opportunity to reintroduce the Irrigation Pump Selector. By entering in a few pieces of information like design points, fluid properties, and motor sizing, Pump Selector can quickly search across Franklin’s FPS high capacity centrifugal and submersible pump catalog and find the appropriate product for you. It not only provides pump recommendations, but it can also create PDF versions of pump reports, offer cost analysis, develop VFD application curves, and much more!

Both the desktop and online versions of the Irrigation Pump Selector have gone through significant updates to include the latest Franklin products. These updates include, but are not limited to:

  • 4 x 6-13 h
  • Self-priming pumps
  • 6- & 8-inch SR
  • 6-inch, 500 gpm STS

Language support has also been added to both versions. The desktop version now supports English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian, while the online version supports English, French, and Spanish.

New this year, the Pump Selector desktop version is available for download. Download the Irrigation Pump Selector by clicking on the Pump Selector download button located just below the online version of the Pump Selector or click here to go directly to the Pump Selector website. Continue reading

Series V 4-Inch Check Valve Update

At the forefront of every Franklin Electric product are the company’s Five Key Factors for Success: quality, availability, innovation, service, and value. To exemplify these characteristics, Franklin continuously reviews available products to ensure that the highest standards are met This review occasionally results in product modification, better aligning an offering to the market. It is Franklin’s goal to make sure product offerings are the best in class and always capable of meeting customer needs.

As a result of continuous quality improvement, as well as engineering lab testing, field evaluation, and feedback from pump installers, all Series V 4-inch pumps have been updated with a removable, spring-loaded Flomatic® check valve in the pump’s discharge head. This modification takes effect in Series V pumps January 1, 2012.

Be assured that Franklin Electric will continue this process of self-evaluation by monitoring product performance in the field. Our goal remains to offer only pumps designed and built to the highest standards of quality, reliability, and performance.

Should you have further questions concerning the 4-inch Series V pumps or any other pump product line, please consult your local Franklin Electric Representative, Franklin Electric Customer Service at 1.800.269.0063, or Franklin Electric’s Technical Hotline at 1.800.348.2420.

Next Generation of 6-Inch Submersible Motors Launch

Franklin Electric is pleased to announce the next generation of robust 6-inch submersible motors following a successful beta trial in 2011. The 6-inch DR56 line of motors is being released into the latest edition of Franklin Electric’s submersible Irrigation and Industrial catalog.

Effective immediately, the 6-inch DR56 motor construction will replace the 6-inch Hi-Temp 50 °C 50 and 60 hp motors in the Irrigation and Industrial catalog. The 6-inch DR56 motor will be the only available option for applications requiring 122 °F (50 °C) rated motors.

The 6-inch DR56 motors are a result of research and development efforts to improve Franklin’s submersible motor capabilities in handling increasing ambient temperatures, higher pump thrust loads, and lower cooling flow demands in applications limited in available well casing space. The 6-inch DR56 combines a portion of Franklin’s Hi-Temp construction with new features, creating a package capable of providing up to 60 hp while operating in a 6-inch diameter well casing. The 6-inch DR56 motors are rated for operation in ambient fluid temperatures at or below 122 °F (50 °C). As with the beta trial units, the 6-inch DR56 motors will be provided as a single unit with nameplate information for both 50 hp and 60 hp pump load points.

Below is a table of the available models:

The 6-inch DR56 motor is considered to be Franklin Electric’s third available option for applications requiring more from a submersible motor. Due to the additional temperature capability characteristics of Franklin Electric’s 6-inch Hi-Temp 90 °C or 8-inch Hi-Temp 75 °C line of motors, considerations for one of these two constructions should be made prior to choosing the 6-inch DR56 for the application. Continue reading