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.
Arkansas Industrial Machinery (AIM), a distributor of high quality air, gas, and liquid handling equipment, has supported a leading manufacturer of pine plywood panels for several years. As one of the world’s largest suppliers of plywood to the construction industry, this manufacturer has worked with AIM to source pumps and other industrial equipment for a variety of applications in their production facility.
When Barry Morgan, Industrial Consultant with AIM, learned about the excessive repairs that had been performed on a vertical turbine pump operating in the manufacturer’s condensation bark pit, he made a recommendation that enabled the plywood producer to drastically reduce their maintenance expenses.
The plywood producer had spent $46,000 per year for repairs! Morgan discussed switching the vertical turbine pump, which was being pulled for repair every 6 to 7 months, to a BJM Fahrenheit® Pump that would be better suited for their high-temperature application.
Americans discard an estimated 34 million tons of plastic each year, creating the need for more plastic recycling facilities in the U.S. In September 2016, a brand new bottle recycling center opened in North Carolina to process about 75 million pounds of reusable plastic bottles. Prior to construction, the recycling company consulted with Tencarva Machinery to discuss rotating equipment that would be needed throughout the facility.
Understanding the Applications
This new recycling facility is designed to receive large bales of compressed PET bottles – bales approximately 6 ft.3 in size. These bales are dismantled, and the bottles are sorted and shredded into much smaller plastic pieces prior to being sent through a series of processes. Because PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is semi-porous and typically absorbs food and beverage molecules, the shredded plastic must be finely chopped into ‘flakes’ and thoroughly washed and dried.