White Castle Restaurants Mud Sucker Diaphragm Pumps
State-of-the art food processing facilities and the engineers who design them have a challenge in finding the right pumps and control panels to transfer process wastewater. This was the case for fast food restaurant chain White Castle’s innovative processing center in Ohio USA. Wastecorp worked with White Castle, local contractor PAE and Associates (who specialize in Wastewater treatment plant construction) and the consulting engineer on the job Facility Design Group, Atlanta.
The specifications on the project called for two of Wastecorp’s Mud Sucker 3B Series Professional Diaphragm Pumps to draw process wastewater containing fats, oils and other liquids from a 13’ deep lift station to an external rotary screen. In this sophisticated operation, the lead Mud Sucker is programmed to turn on when the wastewater reaches a depth of 5 ft. or when the wastewater reaches a liquid temperature of 82°F. The second Mud Sucker or lag pump is programmed to turn on once the wastewater reaches a depth of 6 ft. The combined pumps are programmed to operate at 100 gallons per minute with a flow meter installed on the discharge pipe to meter pumped wastewater. The Mud Suckers’ then transfer the wastewater to an external rotary screen. After screening, the wastewater flows into a PH adjustment mixing chamber where the PH is monitored and acid or base is added as required.
In this custom project, Wastecorp manufactured the Mud Sucker Diaphragm Pumps and supplied all of the control panels, and electronics based on White Castle’s current needs and made provisions for an expanding facility down the road. An advanced NEMA 4 pump control panel with touch screen display, variable speed drive, thermostat, custom plc program and hand held unit allows the operator to easily monitor and make changes to the process. An innovative Waatco over the side heater ensures that the wastewater reaches 82°F to allow for proper oil/water separation.
When it comes time to plan your wastewater transfer process, Wastecorp provides the professionally designed and engineered pumps, control panels and optional equipment needed for a long term, high quality solution. Contact us today at 1-888-829-2783 or visit us at wastecorp.com
Diaphragm pump fleet options
Recently, many industries ranging from food processing companies, miners, agribusiness, and companies with general wastewater pumping requirements such as pump rental companies have been inquiring about how to standardize their diaphragm pump fleets. Steve R, from Gainesville GA sells pumps all over the Southern United States include North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas and more. We have worked with Steve on standardizing fleets for well known meat packers, poultry producers and multinational construction equipment rental companies before. His recent comments exemplify increasing inquiries we are getting of this nature. Continue reading
Stringy material pump
Any wastewater treatment plant operator will typically tell you that one of the biggest hassles they face daily is pumping stringy material from a variety of sources. The problem here is that the material tends to get stuck in the impellers of trash pumps and wreak havoc on lobe pumps. Phil from Clyde, Texas tells us about his quest to find a better solution:
“A buddy of mine has been using your Mud Sucker diaphragm pumps at a public works facility down the road from me and we are considering the same. Our WWTP pumps a lot of stringy material from mops and unknown fibrous material. We are using non clog trash pumps now but make no mistake, the impeller still gets clogged. We need something better. We have seen diaphragms used on honey wagons to pump all sorts of material and they have worked. We work with less than 5% solids and need to pump around 100 GPM with a TDH of about 15’. What do you recommend and what do I need to budget?” – Phil H. Clyde, Texas
When Wastecorp designed the Sludge Pro Double Disc Pump we set out with the goal to engineer the easiest to service sewage pump available to engineers and WWTP end users. One common request from the engineering community was that an operator or maintenance person would never have to crawl under a double disc pump with a casting hanging overhead and the potential for sewage to leak over the operator. When you think about – why would anyone design a pump like that? Our answer is that you would have to ask the competitor because Wastecorp would not.
Servicing a double disc pump
The video below shows how to change the trunnion on a Sludge Pro double disc pump. As you can see most of the maintenance is done with the operator standing up and most components visible to the operator. Continue reading