With energy costs on the rise again we are getting more calls into our support center from customers looking to replace costly AODD pumps in favor of mechanical style diaphragm pumps. One of our customers, Luis, A. in Picataway, NJ, exemplifies this trending conversation. Luis oversees production technologies for a large manufacturer and distributor of toilets, sinks and bath tubs. See below for an exerpt of our discussion with Luis.
“We are interested in alternatives to our current line of air operated double diaphragm pumps for manufacturing porcelain toilets and sinks. Our facility wants to reduce energy costs and power consumption for managing our pump fleets. The pumps we are looking for are diaphragm pumps with solids handling capability up to 1” with 40% solids at approximately 30 GPM. The slurry contains bits of ceramic and porcelain from the manufacturing process. The new design of our pump set up calls for three phase power. What do you recommend?”
Well Luis, we find that many of our customers are getting away from air operated diaphragm pumps and exploring mechanical diaphragm pump technology. AODD pumps typically require more compressor consumption to pump heavier slurries like porcelain, ceramic and fiberglass residuals. Based on your requirements we would suggest the Mud Sucker 2B-EC-DD. This pump is capable of pumping porcelain slurries up to 40 GPM. The big difference you will see here versus your AODD pump is that the Mud Sucker uses larger ball valves to better manage slurries. Ball valves help propel abrasive slurries forward instead of getting caught in the flapper valves and shredding them. Energy consumption will also be about 30-40% lower which makes a big difference in a factory with 10 or 12 pump units.