Increased To or By?

I came across the following sentence and couldn’t figure out which way to go:
We increased the speed of the beam pump 2 SPM.

(SPM = strokes per minute, which should either be defined at the beginning of the document or in a glossary at the end)

The two options were:

1)      We increased the speed of the beam pump to 2 SPM (from 1 SPM).

2)      We increased the speed of the beam pump by 2 SPM (from 12 to 14 SPM).

Not knowing the situation first-hand, I left it alone, which would imply Option #2. But using the appropriate itty-bitty, two-letter preposition would have removed all doubt.

Moral of the Story: Don’t be afraid to clarify when you write something that could be perceived from two different viewpoints.

Typo of the Day:

The rig attended the well on May 8, 2102.

Oh, so you’ve got a time machine over there, do you? Interesting….

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Profound Quote of the Day:

“The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.”

– John Locke, English philosopher, 1632-1704

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