Reliable Flowrox Pumps Paired with Automated Flexible Filtration
“We have been using Flowrox pumps since 2009. They insure steady and reliable feed
, which is essential for our unique fully automatic filter solutions. With Flowrox, our high-end equipment operates smoothly. What attracted me to Flowrox was excellent representation, technical performance and top quality which matches our high quality standards,” states James Babbé,
the CEO & Founder of Aquachem GmbH in Senden, Bavaria, Germany.
“Our customer Aquachem builds fully automatic filter presses, which require utmost reliability throughout the process,” states Karlheinz Meitinger from WP-ARO, Flowrox representative in Germany. “Flowrox pumps have proven their superiority on numerous difficult applications. Aquachem has been using different hose pump technologies in their deliveries since 1995 and has worked with several gas tight applications among other pump brands. For this specific case, Aquachem found Flowrox LPP-T hose pump technology most suitable,” Meitinger adds.
After completing years of test campaigns and studies, CURRENTA’s project moved into erection phase. “These filters handle entire waste produced at the CHEMPARK site. Application is very abrasive and requires high performance and resilience from the process equipment. As in any startup we have faced some challenges. However, on rare occasions when a pump has failed, we have always received excellent and immediate support from Flowrox,” Babbé tells.
Matching Process Requirements with Flowrox Process Equipment
“From the beginning it was clear that process will greatly benefit from application of Flowrox hose pumps. LPP-T hose pumps offer reliable operation
in feeding the circuit for automatic pressure filters. Longevity of hoses is paramount to our corrosive applications. In similar applications we have experienced Flowrox LPP-T pumps operating in continuous run for one year without a hose change
. Design where only the hose is in contact with the medium is crucial in such corrosive applications. This saves money on spare parts, as there is no contamination of bearings or seals.
Flowrox hose pump rolling design also allows us to run forward and backward. Self-priming (standard in all Flowrox hose pumps) enables us to empty the line after every filtration cycle and eliminate risk of clogging in pipes due to settling of the material. Therefore, we do not need an additional system to flush the line, which saves us time and money,” Babbé explains.
Flexible Production Through Automation
Filters and pumps need to adapt fast to changing process conditions. CHEMPARK is a large area and CURRENTA provides services to various operations and its different demanding applications. “Filtration plant isolates solids from wastewater generated by flue-gas scrubbing. Slurry varies as we have numerous types of waste from multiple producers. Applications vary from diffused lithium batteries to pharmaceutical waste. Filtration plant needs to adapt to continuous process changes
receiving non-homogeneous feed from flue-gas scrubbing, yet offer 100% reliable and safe operation. It is a demanding application as the filtrate needs to be clean enough to be released back into the process or the river Rhine,” Schulte explains.
“Reliability of equipment is the key. If the pump does not work, filtration equipment does not run either. Pump is the heart of the movement,” Babbé adds. Flowrox LPP-T hose pumps allow continuous monitoring and are easy to incorporate into any control system. “We are familiar with superior performance of Flowrox pumps. In 2008 we have built a new tank farm for fluid waste treatment and we needed reliable pumps for challenging application of inflammable fluids. We needed pumps which could handle extreme duty cycles. We first looked for joint membrane pumps which fit our requirements to pump 35 m3/h. However, we ended up ordering Flowrox LPP-T transfer pumps and they have performed to our expectations,” Schulte explains. “We have been extremely satisfied with operation and reliability of the pumps. When Aquachem suggested using eight Flowrox LPP-T pumps on their filter feed installation, we had no objections,” Schulte adds.
“I could recommend Flowrox pumps for any filter feed applications. At Aquachem we are impressed by professionality of the company. Beyond product benefits and technical features that are superior to its competitors, especially in this application, I also appreciate the openness when working with Flowrox. They provide an outstanding representative network, localized customer service and utmost professionalism in everything that is being done,” Babbé complements.