Saving Energy in Industrial Pumping Processes

As prolific importers of pumps into Australia, we work hard to stay current on issues that affect our customers. In the industrial sector, a sizeable amount of technology development is being directed toward saving energy in industrial and pumping processes. In fact, many scientists and engineers now use water usage as a tool to uncover energy waste.

Up to now, industry has enjoyed an abundant supply of water to assist industrial processes. It is no accident that so many manufacturing plants are located next to rivers. Water is freely available and easily returned to its source.

One of the more common uses for water in industrial processes is for cooling. Water is used in power plants for condensing steam. It is used to cool molten metal in steel mills. Generally, water is used to cool any machine or part of a machine that overheats in a manufacturing or pumping process.

Pumps in Perth - Saving Energy in Industrial Pumping Processes

In the past, water has been readily available and often wasted without consequence. However, we are rapidly approaching a time in which water is at a premium. There are more and more people to share less and less water. Climate change has also caused inconsistencies in water supply.

Drought conditions can severely limit the amount of water that is available while floods can contaminate all of the water in an area. Flooding can also damage the infrastructure in an area, further compromising the availability of water.

Due to these factors and more, water costs are increasing across the board. So much, in fact, that many facilities are treating wastewater to reuse as clean water. Due to increases in costs, there is no pressure on many Industries to reduce their water consumption.

But now, one previously overlooked factor is coming to light with more and more engineers and project managers aware of it. This factor: the use of water often indicates that energy is being wasted.

The Culprit: Overheating

In particular, when water is used for cooling in any process, it means that energy is being lost in the form of excess heat. Cooling is obviously going to be necessary and essential in many processes. However, engineers and scientists have noticed that when the need for cooling is reduced, it is always accompanied by a proportionate rise in energy efficiency.

Whenever cooling is required in a mechanism such as a pump or an engine, it means that energy which could have been converted into work has instead been converted into heat. When more heat is produced, it means less of the energy which has been created is being used for the work which is the objective of the process. When this energy is cooled by water, it is basically wasted.

In addition, cooling systems use a lot of energy themselves and cost a lot of money to build, maintain and operate. Look at some of the elements of a cooling system: pumps, piping, cooling towers, radiators, heat exchangers, valves and filters. These are all necessary and they all cost money.

The bottom line is that whenever the usage of water for cooling is reduced, costs for infrastructure, energy usage and other capital costs go down.

Some Processes Intrinsically Require Cooling

No matter how many technological advances are made, some processes are always going to require cooling because of their nature. For example, when refining or chemical processes require high temperature levels, cooling is going to be necessary.

Ultimately, the need for cooling will be controlled or dictated by the equipment being used and the process it is being used for. Engineers are already looking into altering the materials being used in the processes to reduce the need for cooling. The mechanical equipment makes a difference, too.

In addition, whenever water used for cooling has to be evaporated and removed, the cost is approximately $124,771 per year for each gallon of water evaporated per minute. That is a lot of water and a lot of money.

What it Means for Pumps

This work is theoretical as of now, but the information is going to help pump manufacturers and industrial engineers find new ways to reduce energy waste and increase efficiency.

Why Balz Vertical Spindle Pumps are the Best in the World

Balz vertical spindle pumps have a reputation for being the best spindle pumps in the world. Most people attribute this to their patented bubble sealing system. On their VS series pumps, the bottom chamber design is like that of an upturned container which has been submerged into water.

This traps air and creates a barrier that seals the shaft. As long as this arrangement remains intact, water is prevented from reaching the bearings. This solves one of the most common problems associated with spindle pumps: contamination of the bearings, causing excessive wear.

On most conventional spindle pumps, the pump bearing housing is flooded when the pump is being used. This causes water or other media to contaminate the bearings and shortens their lifespan while lowering their efficiency. The Balz “bubble design” solves this problem and allows for more efficiency and longer bearing life.

Balz Vertical Pumps

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The Balz VS100 series balance the thrust load by using opposing outlets. This eliminates vibration and creates a pump that runs more smoothly. It also prevents accidental phase reversal, which means the impeller won’t be dislodged and the pump won’t be harmed.

Since the lower and upper bearings are sealed and lubricated for life, there is no maintenance required. The immersion depth is up to 500 mm but it is able to withstand mild, occasional flooding.

In addition to the bubble sealing system protecting the bearings, the VS 100 series is manufactured with the best available materials. The result is a pump that is corrosion-resistant and has world class wear properties.

The VS 100 series can pump solids up to as high as 15 mm with a density as high as 1.3. Because of the high chrome and urethane content of the suction cover, casing and impeller, the VS 100 series can withstand even the most extreme pumping conditions.

To learn more about Balz Pumps or any of our pump manufacturers, call Pump Solutions Australasia today: 1300 793 418.

Submersible Pumps: How They Work and When They Are the Best Choice

Submersible pumps are electric pumps that are hermetically sealed. The motor is close-coupled to the pump body. The pump is submerged into the water or other media which is to be pumped.

Advantages of Submersible Pumps

The main advantage of submersible pumps is that they are not prone to cavitation because they are submerged to the media they pump. When there is a large disparity in the elevation of a pump and the media it moves, that can cause pump cavitation. There is no disparity in elevation when using a submersible pump, so the problem is solved.

Also, the positioning of submersible pump allows them to push fluids to the surface as opposed to a jet pump, which has to pull fluids. Pushing fluids is more efficient than pulling them, so the submersible pump is more efficient than other options.

How Submersible Pumps Work: the Simple Version

Submersible Pumps: How They Work and When They Are the Best Choice

Submersible pumps are actually a different style of single and multistage centrifugal pumps. There are many moving parts, but essentially the water is moved through the pump by an impeller.

Applications for Submersible Pumps

Submersible pumps are used for many more applications than one might think. They are the most popular choice for pumping water out of a basement. They are also the go to choice for a water well. They are also used for slurry pumping, drainage, sewage pumping and general industrial pumping.

In addition to water wells, submersible pumps are also popular for oil wells. They can also be used to handle sea water, treat sewage, for offshore oil drilling rigs and even for firefighting.

When is a Submersible Pump the Right Choice for You?

A submersible pump is the correct choice for any of the applications we have mentioned above. Because they are so efficient, we recommend them as a first choice for any application in which a submersible pump can be used.

To learn more about submersible pump or for a solution to your pumping operation needs, call Pump Solutions Australasia today: 1300 793 418.

Becker Oil-less Rotary Vane Vacuum Pumps

Becker is one of the world’s best manufacturers of rotary vane pumps. Their oil-less rotary vane vacuum pumps are used in many Industries, including cabinet making. We would like to tell you about a few of their oil-less rotary vane industrial vacuum pumps.

Basic Becker Rotary Vane Pump Information

Becker oil-less rotary vane pumps are industrial vacuum pumps. Their operation is 100% oil-free. They are designed to be quiet and provide cool operation, despite being oil-less. They are known for their long vane life. They are direct drive pumps which require only minimal maintenance. They include discharge silencers, inlet filters and vacuum regulators.

Becker Pumps Oil-less Rotary Vane Vacuum Pumps

Becker VT Series Oil-less Rotary Vane Industrial Vacuum Pumps

The VT Series offers open flow from 1.9m³/hr to 40 m³/hr with maximum vacuum of 150mbar. They range from 0.18kW to 1.25kW.

Becker KVT Series Oil-less Rotary Vane Industrial Vacuum Pumps

The KVT series is a step up from the VT series. They offer open flow from 55m³/hr to 129m³/hr. The maximum vacuum is 100mbar. They range from 2.4kW to 4kW.

Becker VTLF Series Oil-less Rotary Vane Industrial Vacuum Pumps

The VTLF is another step up from the KVT series. They provide open flow from 178m³/hr to 498m³/hr. Their maximum vacuum ranges from 200mbar to 250mbar. They start at 4kW and rise to 15kW.

Call Pump Solutions Australasia Today

At Pump Solutions Australasia, we import the finest pumps from the best manufacturers around the world. We began in 1990 building pumping systems for numerous industries and created some of the major breakthroughs in the field.

One thing we have always known is that nobody can afford not to get it right the first time. That is why we import the finest pumps from around the world. We know the downtime can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars in many Industries and do everything we can to ensure solid, consistent performance.

Ultimately, we don’t just sell pumps; we provide solutions. To learn more, call us today: 1300 793 418.

High Quality Pump or Cheap Pump: You Decide.

We have always believed that it is easier to buy a high quality pump now than it is to buy a cheap pump and suffer the consequences later. We understand this sound superficial, so we would like to give you a deeper explanation about why it is better to choose a high-quality pump over a cheap pump.

We understand that people like to save money and that they don’t like to pay a lot of money for equipment such as pumps. However, we have long contended that it is much less expensive in the long run to buy a high-quality pump now than it is to buy two or three cheap pumps over the same period of time and put up with all of the maintenance and downtime.

High Quality Pump or Cheap Pump: You Decide.

Cheap pumps cost less because they are made of cheaper materials. Often, factories that produce cheaper pumps pay less attention to detail and tend to produce a much higher number of defective pumps than an international company which prides itself on its high-quality.

You might get great results from a cheap pump if you don’t need to use it very often. For example, if you need a cheap submersible pump for use around your home, you may only use it once or twice a year and think the odds are in your favor. But in a flash flooding situation, do you really want to trust your home to a cheap pump?

Why the High Quality Pump Always Wins

High quality pumps by elite manufacturers are made of the best materials to the most stringent of specifications. Our pump manufacturers are the best in the world at what they do and their designs are more efficient, saving you money on the amount of power they use. In addition, our high quality pumps are capable of 24/7 operation for days, months and even years at a time.

When you use a high quality pump, it works better, it is more trustworthy and it lasts a lot longer than a cheap pump. Whether it’s your home or your multimillion-dollar mining operation, it just makes good sense to buy a high-quality pump and do it right the first time.

To learn more, call Pump Solutions Australasia today: 1300 793 418.