Directional drilling has been around since the 1920’s and is a process that has enabled water and sewer pipes as well as telecommunications and electric lines to be installed underneath roads, waterways, and hard-to-reach places across the United States. The drilling of non-vertical wells at multiple angles has also enabled the oil and gas industry to better reach energy reserves and minimize the environmental impacts of some wells. One directional drilling company based in Colorado specializes in horizontal directional drilling (HDD) using a fleet of trucks and portable equipment to support infrastructure projects all over the country.
This company travels to the construction site and prepares for the HDD project by digging a 10-foot deep holding pit. This 15’ x 15’ holding pit is filled with water and a submersible pump is inserted to transport spent drilling fluid up to a separator truck.
The manufacturing environment can be hard on equipment, and pumps are no exception. This was the scenario at a custom metal manufacturing facility in the Northeast where the pumps were failing repeatedly. After numerous work stoppages and costly replacement expenditures, the manufacturer finally turned to Midway Industrial Supply for help finding a solution to the ongoing problem.
Midway Senior Account Manager Lenny Klein was tasked with finding a solution. He took it upon himself to gain a full overview of the problem — how many gallons per minute were moving through the nearly continuously running pumps, how many feet of head needed to be pumped, and the piping configuration. before recommending a BJM SK Series submersible shredder pump.
The manufacturing process in this facility primarily involves metal tooling and grinding, which in turn result in a lot of metal shavings.
Chemical Manufacturer Stops Clogs & Flooding with SKX Submersible Shredder Pumps
Authors: Kelly McCollum, Regional Manager, BJM Pumps
Based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ford-Gelatt (a SunSource company) provides industrial pumping equipment and repair services to the oil and gas, power generation, and chemical process industries. Over the past 25 years, service representatives from Ford-Gelatt have supported the maintenance team working in-house at a local chemical manufacturing facility. This chemical manufacturer is the second largest producer of chemicals in the United States, and they have worked with Ford-Gelatt for over two decades to source and select pumps for a variety of applications.
When the chemical manufacturer experienced frequent clogging of their horizontal self-priming pumps, they contacted Scott Swilley, Industrial Equipment Specialist at Ford-Gelatt, to find a solution that would enable them to avoid flooding and eliminate the related clean-up costs.