Hydraulic Institute Presents Lifetime Achievement Award
February 25, 2016—
Jack Claxton (center) was recently honored with the Hydraulic Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Hydraulic Institute (HI) recognized and honored Jack Claxton, vice president, engineering, Patterson Pump Company, as its Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. The award was recently presented to Claxton during HI’s 2016 Annual conference in Tucson, Arizona.
Claxton has more than 40 years of service in the pump industry and has been an instrumental HI member for more than 30 years. He is one of HI’s most well respected members and has previously received HI’s “Member of the Year” award. He has been a pioneer within HI technical affairs, lending countless hours to the betterment of the industry by chairing the inaugural versions of several very important American National Standards.
Committees that have benefitted from Claxton’s leadership and active involvement include the Standards Committee, Technical Affairs Steering Committee, Rotodynamic Pump Group, HI International Standards Technical Liaison, Delegate of the International Pumps Standardization Committee, ANSI/HI 9.8 Pump Intake Design (Chairman 1994 - Present), ANSI/HI 9.6.4 Vibration Allowable Levels (Chairman 1995 - 2012) and ANSI/HI 9.6.8 Dynamics of pumping machinery (Chairman 2005 - Present).
Claxton is also very active in the international standards community. He served as a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 115 for 19 years and chaired the committee for 11 years, and has served as the U.S. expert to JWG 9 for ISO 10816-7 Pump Vibration, U.S. expert to ISO TC 115 WG 7 for ISO 14414 Pump System Energy Assessment, U.S. expert to ISO TC115 SC 2 WG 4 for ISO 19688 Model Testing of Pumps and is currently the Chairman of Sub-committee 3 of ISO Technical Committee 115.
Claxton also holds a patent for a field serviceable vertical pump and has published many articles and papers on pump piping, vibration and hydraulic design.
According to Pete Gaydon, technical director, Hydraulic Institute, “Jack Claxton is one of the most influential HI members. He has created a lasting legacy by chairing committees that produced important American National Standards. The level of his volunteerism throughout the years is unmatched and the Institute, as well as the pump industry, is in a great position because of his service.”