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.
Since 1978, Tencarva has provided a range of rotating process equipment as well as repair and field services to industrial companies and municipalities throughout the Southeastern United States. Over the past few years, Tencarva worked with a large chemical company in Tennessee that had frequent pump failures due to solids and PH issues in a waste pit application. Mechanical seal failure due to solids contamination was the main culprit.The Challenge
The manufacturing facility had a sump that relied on two effluent pumps to transport wastewater out of the plant. While one pump had initially been intended to operate as a backup, both pumps had been operating continuously to accommodate the high flow rate into the wastewater sump. Solid materials, such as zip ties, plastic tags and bags, that entered the wastewater stream from drains throughout the production facility, would enter the wastewater sump and damage the effluent pumps.
Chemtrade Logistics, Inc., provides several types of chemicals to industrial companies around the globe. One of their production facilities, located in the state of Virginia, manufactures alum. Alum, which is also known as aluminum sulphate, is used for waste water treatment, pulp and paper, and industrial processing applications. Having a long-standing relationship with Pump, Parts and Service, Inc., the chemical manufacturing plant worked with their reliable service provider to select a pump that would allow them to reduce maintenance costs and improve pump reliability.
The chemical manufacturing plant’s central drainage sump relied on an old vertical pump, a Gallagher 2.5 SRB 100X31 Model, to pump slurry that was collected in the sump. The sump collected rain water and water from the plant’s mud wash process.