Dirty Secrets in The Double Disc Pump Business

Compare Sludge Pro and Penn VAlley Double Disc Pumps
Compare Sludge Pro and Penn Valley Double Disc Pumps

Things are heating up in the marketplace for double disc pumps and competition has a great way of exposing the true colors of competitors.  Hearing what one double disc pump competitor says about another reinforces the  need to do your homework so you are getting an accurate picture of the benefits and drawbacks of each make. Continue reading Dirty Secrets in The Double Disc Pump Business

How to Find New Diaphragms for an Old Diaphragm Pump

Diaphragms for any kind of diaphragm pump
Diaphragms for any kind of diaphragm pump

One of the frequent calls we hear from customers is that they either have an older diaphragm pump make or need replacement diaphragms for their newer diaphragm pump. Some genuine replacement parts are easier to find than others. The good news is that replacement diaphragms and other parts for almost any kind of diaphragm pump are available for pumps dating back as far as the 1940’s.

The general procedure for measuring your current diaphragm and getting your pump back to operating condition is easier than you think. There are three general steps to follow to getting the pump parts you need.

Step 1: Measuring Your Diaphragm

Do three quick measurements. Measure the outside diameter (OD) of the diaphragm. Replacement diaphragms generally range from 5” and go all the way up to 15” OD’s. Measure the height of the diaphragm. A tip here is to measure from the bottom of the diaphragm laying on a flat surface to the top. Finally, measure the inner diameter (ID) or the top of the diaphragm. This is especially important so your diaphragm parts supplier can establish where the diaphragm clamps onto the clamping plate.

How to measure your diaphragm
How to measure your diaphragm

Step 2: Selecting Your Diaphragm Material

Viton, Santoprene and Neoprene are generally the different varieties of diaphragm materials available. For general wastewater pumping, Santoprene and Neoprene have proven to be effective. For corrosive and abrasive fluids your pump parts repair person may suggest a different material like Viton. You should talk to a pump expert before making this decision however.

Step 3: Have your Pump Make, Model and Serial Number Ready

Your diaphragm pump parts provider can get information to you with greater speed if you have all of this information ready when you order. There are many pump makes out there like Mud Sucker, Mud Hog, Edson, AMT, Homelite, CH&E, Tsurumi, Wilden, Multiquip, Wacker are all makes that have been around for some time and each has their own diaphragm sizing and recommended materials.

Wastecorp is one pump manufacturer who also has a replacement parts division for many makes of diaphragm pumps. They also dedicate a website page to finding the correct diaphragm size. Check it out here

Wastecorp Keeps Pumping Through New England Storm

New England Pump Manufacturer
New England Pump Manufacturer

Wastecorp exhibited its pumps in Boston last week despite a snow storm that shut down almost three states for a day. Together with our New England representative WESCOR Associates Inc., everyone made it in on time for the start of the show but many of those travelling opted to stay safe (off the roads) or monitor the conditions at their WWTP’s. This turned out to be a smart decision since the storm surge associated with Winter Storm Juno caused erosion in some coastal areas of MA and flooding at other WWTP’s.

NEWEA Annual Conference 2015

The show was to kick off Wastecorp’s 2015 promotional campaign with its Sludge Pro Double Disc Pumps, Mud Sucker Diaphragm Pumps, Trash Flow Trash Pumps and Sludge Master Plunger Pumps. The NEWEA annual conference in January involves many of Wastecorp’s nearby Wastewater Treatment Facilities in Plymouth, MA, Providence, RI,  City of Boston, MA, Sandwich, MA,  City of New Haven, CT. This is an important show for Wastecorp because many facilities who have either plunger pumps (Komline- Sanderson, Carter or Wastecorp) or double disc pumps can get factory tips for overhauling pumps or replacing those that have achieved the end of their service life. With the gritty seasonal wastewater changes WWTP’s must cope with, it’s helpful for operators to get hands-on tips and even brief training on how to operate their sewage pumps.

Winter Storm Juno, 2015. Stuart Street in downtown Boston.

Nevertheless, by Tuesday, the Governor’s of Massacheusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut issued travel bans. It was even difficult for many show attendees to walk two city blocks in downtown Boston from surrounding hotels to the conference. Wastecorp and wescor still got to see many customers and consulting engineers and we look forward to more cooperative weather at next year’s NEWEA show.

 

 

Trash Pump Manufacturing in North America

Trash pump manufacturing in North America: Wastecorp employee assembles a Trash Flow TFCC-M8, 8
Trash pump manufacturing in North America: Wastecorp employee assembles a Trash Flow TFCC-M8, 8″ diesel driven trash pump with pumping capabilities up to 2700 GPM.

There has been increasing media attention lately about manufacturing making a resurgence on North America shores. The trash pump manufacturing business is no different. But to companies like Wastecorp who has manufactured trash pumps, diaphragm pumps , plunger pumps and now double disc pumps on North American soil for over 20 years, we are slightly taken aback by the renewed focus.

Our Trash Flow Trash pumps are a good example about how manufacturing in North America, never really left. Over the last 18 months for example we have seen a nice surge in business from municipalities and industries looking for high quality trash pumps within a reasonable lead time. What does reasonable lead time mean in the world of trash pumps you might ask? With the Trash Flow, you are looking at between 3-7 week delivery on most of our models, ranging from bare pumps (simply replacing an old pump with a new one while utilizing the same motor or taking out a Gorman Rupp T Series and installing a new Trash Flow in its place) to engine driven trash pumps mounted on a trailer or skid mounted.

Now you might say “that’s great that you manufacture your pumps here, so what are the prices like?”. To clear up any misconceptions, the pricing of Trash Flow trash pumps are in many cases lower than comparable 2”-12” models with pumping capabilities up to 6300 GPM.

Sap Pumping Equipment : Maple Syrup and Production pumps

Maple Syrup Pump and Transport System
Maple Syrup Pump and Transport System

We are quickly approaching the season where maple-sugaring equipment comes into high demand in Northern areas of the United States and Canada. As a pump manufacturer, Wastecorp sees two very common client needs: The first is to design and manufacture pumps for maple syrup farms with between 400 and 600 taps. The second is to manufacture storage and transportation methods so that producers can move the maple sap. Jack R.’s recent inquiry from Dorchester, MA best exemplifies the maple syrup producer’s need for this type of equipment

Hi, our company operates a maple sugar processing farm in Northern Massachusetts. We have about 475 taps. We have two of your Mud Sucker 2FA-EC’s (electric diaphragm pumps) already and they work great for the maple sap transfer process. However, we are now looking for a way to temporarily store and transport the sap using FDA compliant methods. What can you suggest to us? Thanks, Jack R. Dorchester, MA

Jack, we have clients in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Ontario, Quebec, Canada, Maine and Vermont that use our honey wagon pump systems to store and transport maple sap. First of all, we prefer to call them containment systems. Our honey wagons can store the sap because the tanks are made of an FDA approved potable water tank. We can then coat the internals of the pump with food grade coatings as set forth by the FDA or provincial food safety regulatory agencies.

Diaphragm Pump for Maple Syrup Farms
Diaphragm Pump for Maple Syrup Farms

Jack, The most popular type of pump system for maple syrup producers is the Mud Sucker 2FA-EC, which you already have and we’re so glad that they are working well for you. As you know these diaphragm pumps are mechanically driven and are available in gas, electric, air and hydraulic systems.

The containment systems that are most popular is our HW-300 Series honey wagon that can store and transport up to 325 gallons of maple sap. We can use food grade hosing in place of the normal industrial duty hose that comes with the system. Our valving system makes it easy to pump the maple sap either into or out of the tank. We generally use the same Mud Sucker 2FA-EC that you have for the containment system pump, so we can either design the system with a new pump or ship it to you without the pump so you can simply bolt one of yours into the predrilled areas on the deck. If needed, you can ship one of your pumps back to the factory and we can do it for you.

Hope this helps Jack, and we are still waiting for delicious free samples of your maple syrup!

For more information on diaphragm pumps in the maple sugaring equipment industry contact Wastecorp Pumps at 1-888-829-2783 or email mjohnson@wastecorp.com

Pumping Out Tanks With Diaphragm Pumps

Mobile Diaphragm Pump

You name the tank that needs to be pumped out and we have heard of at least a few customer applications that correspond with that tank. Underground septic tanks, lagoon transfer, transport truck tankers, locomotive tankers, waste pits and waste vegetable oil drums are among the most popular. What you have to keep in mind is that in most of these applications, you will need a pump that can easily maneuver in areas to access the discharge valve or at least some place where you can place the suction hose.

Randy K. from Columbus, GA, contacted Wastecorp about his settling tank pump out operation:

“I Need assistance to find the correct pumps to transfer mud consistency wastewater, brackish water and abrasive media out of settling tanks at a mining application we have. We have a need for three or four pumps that need to be mobile. We have been told that a diaphragm pump with check balls might work. The pump also needs to be able to handle gritty waste water and slurry. We are pumping up around 8-10’ and pumping out vertically to a screen another 60’ What do you recommend?” Randy K. Columbus GA.

Well Randy, it has long been known in the pump business that when you have a variety of media to pump, your pump must be versatile. The Mud Sucker B Series Professional diaphragm pump is one of those products. Take the Mud Sucker® 3B Series you see in the photo above. This is being transported around a six mile long public space along New York City’s West side. This Mud Sucker pumps everything from septic waste, cleaning up construction wastewater containing aggregate, waste vegetable oil from City operated restaurants and more. The check balls help to manage the solids and if something should get stuck in the pump you simply unbolt the valve covers, remove the check ball, find the blockage and you’re back in business. This is like a 5-10 minute process.

The Mud Sucker® B Series can pump up to 80 GPM and transfer fluids up to 300’ vertically so you will have plenty of pumping power. Keep in mind, that as wastewater gets thicker these values can vary. The pump you see above is shown with an off road utility trailer that we manufactured for the client’s needs. This is a heavy duty trailer but adapts to the tight New York City spaces that the pump must maneuver through. The best part is, we can manufacture these pumps and trailer systems specifically for your needs with hose bins, lockable storage containers and tanks for waste water collection and fresh water distribution. More information can be found at www.wastecorp.com or by calling 1-888-829-2783.

How to Use a Honey Wagon

Getting the most of your honey wagon pump out system will help you maximize your day-to-day productivity. In the video above you will see how to use the honey wagon to pump both into and out of the tank with the same pump. You will also see how easy it is to change the direction of flow when needed.

To review the definition of “what is a honey wagon”; this is a system designed to pump out fluids into a holding tank or a tote. fluids can include septic waste from portable toilets, RV grey and black water, bilge waste and waste oil, waste hydraulic oil, waste vegetable oil (WVO) and more. Honey wagons are sold to campgrounds, government agencies like the military, Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Wastewater treatment facilities, public works agencies, the Department of Transportation (DOT), Marinas, construction companies and all kinds of industrial applications.

 

How to Use a Honey Wagon
How to Use a Honey Wagon

We have often heard customers asking whether or not they could build their own honey wagon. The answer of course is yes, but we strongly suggest you go with a reputable honey wagon manufacturer instead. Obviously, from a sales point of view Wastecorp designs and manufactures them and we are in business to sell them. But aside from that, customers must keep in mind that when you haul hundreds or even thousands of lbs of waste, the proper safety precautions must be taken. For example, there is heavy surge in the tank when breaking, so your trailer should be equipped with electric brakes and government approved lighting kits to safely come to a complete stop. Third, Wastecorp has sold thousands of honey wagons and has the ability to negotiate discounted pricing on all the proper components you need to safely haul your honey wagon. Chances are, you will get a cheaper system from buying your pump out from a honey wagon manufacturer than you can on buying the individual components yourself and paying retail price. Finally, you are spending thousands of dollars one way or the other on your new pump out system. Why not do it properly the first time?

New Condensate Pumps for NYC WWTP Damaged by Sandy

Diaphragm Pump Installation
Diaphragm Pump Installation

If there was any doubt that municipalities are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane or Super Storm Sandy, a recent project Wastecorp worked on for the Coney Island WWTP dispels that myth. parts of Coney Island Wastewater treatment plant –  located in the Southwestern part of Brooklyn, New York, suffered severe damage during Hurricane Sandy’s fury a few years ago.  The aftermath of such storms is particularly devastating to public wastewater treatment facilities because it can take months and in many cases several years to obtain engineering approvals and funding to repair the damage.

This was just the case for Coney Island’s condensate vacuum pump operations located less than one hundred feet from an inland waterway that flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Salt water destroyed the existing mud hog diaphragm pumps, valve systems and electrical panels causing tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Video showing Mud Sucker Diaphragm Pump Installation at Coney Island WWTP. NYC, DEP
Video showing Mud Sucker Diaphragm Pump Installation at Coney Island WWTP. NYC, DEP

Wastecorp worked with New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Water Pollution Control Plant Operations, local contractor Delphi Plumbing and Heating Inc. and Wastecorp’s area representatives Dave Heiner and Associates To find solutions for the new pumping equipment needed.

 

The DEP specified Mud Sucker Diaphragm Pumps model 2B-EC (professional pump series) With an energy efficient next generation Baldor explosion proof three phase motor to replace the damaged pumps.

The Mud Sucker 2B Series features ball valve technology to manage sewage, slurry, solids and condensate applications. These pumps feature a very simple operating principle, but make no mistake; they are designed to pump the tough stuff. The facility selected a 2” connection but all Mud Sucker 2B Series can be coupled down to 1 ½” connections.   The 2B can pump up to 20 GPM with 20’ of vertical suction lift and up to 50’ of vertical discharge head. These Mud Suckers can pump up to 22 psi of pressure.

Coney Island also installed new control panels to maximize energy efficiency and productivity out of their new Mud Sucker pumps.  While inclimate weather and natural disasters are difficult to predict, it is nice to know that a pump manufacturer with the expertise to help plan a project from initial engineering specs right through the lifecycle is available to WWTP’s of all sizes. Contact Wastecorp for more information at info@wastecorp.com or 1-888-829-2783

 

 

What You Didn’t Know About Double Disc Pumps

Double Disc Pump installation
Double Disc Pump installation

Wastecorp recently exhibited at a national water quality conference where we had a chance to discuss our exciting double disc pump technology with engineers, end users and pump distributors. We addressed some of the most common issues/questions below:

Can a Double Disc Pump Have Ball Valves?

Yes. In fact, ball valve technology is helping to usher in the next era of double disc style pumps. The ball valves help to break up solids and make pumping thicker municipal sewage easier. The ball valves also make it much easier to maintain the pump. With the traditional clack valve style double disc pump, debris can get stuck in the clack and trunnions which may reduce pumping productivity. With a Sludge Pro® Double Disc Pump you simply open up the valve chambers, check for any debris and blockages and get back to business.  Just because one type of double disc pump has a clack valve doesn’t mean others have to.

Is The Term Double Disc Pump a Registered Trademark?

No. In fact, it is unlawful for any one manufacturer to place a registered trademark “®” designation next to the generic term “double disc pump”. It hurts competition and misleads consumers.

Do You Have to Crawl Under a Sludge Pro® Double Disc Pump to Conduct Maintenance Like You Do Other Makes?

Absolutely not. Wastecorp would never design a pump where an operator or maintenance person had to crawl underneath a pump with hundreds of lbs potentially hanging overhead. This poses a safety risk and may lead to serious injury or death.

Is there really a difference between the clack valve style double disc pump and Wastecorp’s Sludge Pro Double Disc Pumps?

Yes. First, the Sludge Pro® includes a hydraulic jacking system that raises the shaft so the trunnion and wet section can be worked on while the maintenance person is standing up. Who would want to crawl underneath a pump to conduct maintenance?  Second, municipal sewage involves a lot of grit and solids to be pumped. Wastecorp designed a disc pump better able to manage solids and thicker sewage.  Third, you won’t find swan necks or clack valves on a Sludge Pro® A pump that involves removing the swan neck to access the pump internals may cause reduced productivity at a WWTP.  Belt and pulleys are another time waster that you won’t find on a Sludge Pro® double disc pump. Energy efficient direct drive systems reduce the motor hp required so the sewage pumping operation can operate more efficiently.

What is the difference between a single housing design and a three housing design?

A three housing design doesn’t really mean anything. It is the preference of the pump manufacturer. However a three piece pump body design may lead to increased parts to replace and repair and possibly more down time for the facility. A single housing design may improve access to the pumps internals and reduce the amount of pump maintenance people needed to work on the pump.

What drive systems are available for double disc pumps?

Electric driven and engine driven (usually) diesel are preferred by most facilities.

Where can I find Engineering Specifications on Double Disc Pumps?

You can find them on wastecorp.com or click on this link and we will take you to the double disc pump selection page. You can also call Sludge Pro Double Disc Pumps at 1-888-829-2783 or email info@wastecorp.com

 

 

 

 

Marine Pump Outs

Marine Pump Out
Marine Pump Out

Managing marine sewage pump outs is one of those things that marina operators and boaters alike must deal with but was probably the last thing they thought of before opening a marina or buying a boat. That’s why companies like Wastecorp who manufacture pump out equipment work in tandem with engineers to help construct long term, reliable pump out solutions. The inquiry below is from an engineering firm who recently contacted Wastecorp for marine pump out stations for paying boaters. The firm is exploring options for designing a new pump out operation:

“Our firm is working on a marina sewage pump out project for the Port of Charleston, SC.  I am looking for information on a few of your marine pump out products to see if they will meet our needs.

We operate a saltwater marina and offer a sewage pump out service to our customers. We currently have a peristaltic pump out system but we are looking for something less complicated and more user friendly. We send the pumped out sewage through a magnetic flow meter, up to shore and to the public utility. We are billed by the utility based on our flow meter readings.

Our solution is to pump the sewage from the boats, using our existing system, to a new holding tank. From there, the sewage would be pumped quickly through the mag meter and up to the shore. We are planning two holding tanks, one 1000 gallon tank and one 500 gallon tank. The pump needs to have saltwater corrosion resistance and the ability to handle untreated sewage. We expect most boats to pump out sewage with saltwater. Additionally the pump must have a steady flow to work with our mag meter.

To meet these needs I was looking at the following products. The first is the 2″trash pump TFCC-2. It looks like it can handle untreated sewage fine. My main concern is if it would be suitable for saltwater? Does the trash pump come in stainless steel/corrosion resistant materials? From your online materials I only saw the trash pump offered in ductile iron. Fortunately we do not have difficult head or flow rate requirements. We just need the pump to not corrode quickly and not be easily clogged.

 I am also looking at the HW 525 and HW 1035 Honey Wagon skid mounted pump out stations. As mentioned above, we are planning to have two holding tanks. Would it be possible to remove the Mud Sucker® pump? We would possibly replace the Mud Sucker® pump with a trash pump. Also, the skid would be mounted to our concrete dock.

Finally I would like some information on your pump enclosures. Both the TF-6×6 and the TF-8×10 may work for use. What would be ideal would be to fit the skid mounted tanks with the pumps inside the enclosures. I was wondering if we could fit the TFCC-2 pump and HW 525 skid mounted Honey Wagon inside the TF-6×6 enclosure? Similarly, could we fit a TFCC-2 pump and HW-1035 Honey Wagon inside the TF-8×10 enclosure? Any suggestions or ideas to help meet our problems we would love to hear it.”

 There are a lot of issues that the customer raises. First,  Saltwater applications in the marine pump out industry require proper precautions to ensure that the pump and components do not prematurely wear. Wastecorp offers our Mud Sucker marine diaphragm pumps with stainless steel components for example and Viton flapper valves and diaphragms to help resist the harsh conditions of pumping, so we definitely recommend any marinas in a salt water environment go with this package which adds $600 -$800 to the cost of a package

Monetizing a marina’s pump out operation is a great idea to help control costs and keep repair parts costs down for your pump out. A mag meter is one way of doing it (measuring gallons pumped out), coin operated options and charging by vessel size are others. If you are worried about pulsation, all of our diaphragm pumps can be manufactured with pulsation dampeners or air chambers.

If a trash pump works better for the application then we can design all of our pump outs with our Trash Flow product line. Whenever possible, diaphragm pumps are recommended for their ability to pump out the wastewater and not get clogged. See our pedestal; pump outs for example that work really well for most marinas.

Enclosures are a great way to help protect your pump out investment  from the elements and during winter months. There are a variety of styles available to meet small and large marina budgets. Enclosures are a long term investment for protecting your equipment so there is an investment required.

Getting the right marine pump manufacturer to participate in your design process is critical to the overall outcome of you pump out. Contact Wastecorp  at 1-888-829-2783 to get more information for your project.