Based in North Dakota, Industrial Equipment Sales & Service (IESS) has been providing high-quality pumps, parts, and services to the oil and gas industry since 1999. IESS was contacted in 2014 by a sand and gravel wash plant that was trying to find a more economical way to recover the sand fines that they had previously been lost in the process of cleaning aggregate. Sand fines, which are essentially granular sedimentary particulate, are typically required for the mixing of a high-grade concrete commonly used in oilfield applications.
The sand and gravel wash plant initially tried using a 2-inch self-priming centrifugal pump from a well-known manufacturer, but due to the high abrasiveness of the process slurry, the 2-inch self-priming centrifugal pump failed after only 245 hours of operation.
At its Pennsuco operation near Miami, Titan Florida Cement and Aggregates—a unit of Titan America LLC—operates the largest cement facility in Florida and the fifth-largest quarry in the United States. Annual cement production at the Pennsuco plant exceeds 1.8 million tons, and the quarry produces more than 7.5 million tons of limestone products a year. The plant produces bulk and bagged cement and aggregate products that are sold to public and private construction markets.The Challenge
South Florida is known for its flash rainstorms, especially in summer when a downpour is often a daily occurrence. Titan Florida Cement and Aggregates’ Pennsuco facility mines, washes and sizes gravel and produces cement; it’s dusty work that’s made more challenging during heavy rain. Roads become impassable as rock dust, sand, gravel, grit and other debris wash across the flat terrain.