A new Aussie “Smart Pump” has been released featuring 316 stainless steel casing. The pump is an extension of Australian Pump Industries range of pumps designed for a wide range of potentially corrosive or difficult to handle liquids.
The original Aussie Smart Pumps were polyester with a wide range of elastomers suitable for handling liquids as diverse as fuel oils, seawater, acids and aggressive agricultural fertilisers and weedicides.
The new I Series stainless steel pump can also be used in aquaculture and even oil field applications.
The pump’s major strength is it’s flexibility and versatility. The pumps internals are available in fibreglass reinforced polyester, polypropylene or even Ryton.
Elastomers options, including o’rings on the mechanical seal, mean these pumps can be configured to suit a wide range of difficult liquids. For example, for seawater or brine Buna N seals are combined with polypropylene internal components (impeller and volute). For concentrated nitric acid, pump internals in either Ryton or polypropylene fitted with Viton seals make an ideal combination.
The pumps will handle a wide range of sodium based chemicals as well as urea, vinegar and even solutions of zinc sulphate.
The pump offers a maximum flow of 660 L/min combined with a maximum head of around 32 metres, that’s 32 psi! It’s highly efficient self-priming centrifugal design provides it with a vertical suction lift of 6 metres. The double flush volute, a unique feature, provides efficient operation and, combined with the integrated check valve fast priming.
“The most important feature we see is its 316 stainless steel body” said Aussie Pump Design Engineer, Jeremy Shelton. “The two body halves are held together with a unique ‘V’ band clamp. The clamp has a plastic toggle nob that facilitates easy disassembly for cleanout or service of seconds,” he said.
The porting on the pump is unique because is compatible with both 1½” and 2” pipework. It achieves this with a smart port design that doubles as 1½” female BSP or 2” male BSP connection.
“One of the other things that we like about the Smart Pump is the strength of the 316 stainless steel body. It’s not only corrosion and abrasion resistant but has a strength that resists the hard knocks of use in mining, food or chemical industrial production.
The industrial chemical version is close coupled to 415 volt three phase or 240 volt single phase motors. All electric motors feature 316 stainless steel shafts and are ideal for applications in galvanising plants or similar corrosive liquid duties.
They can also be supplied for portable applications with either petrol or diesel engine drive systems. “The pump makes a handy salvage or fire fighting pump for marine applications powered by either a Honda petrol or Yanmar diesel engine in full portable frame” said Jeremy Shelton.
Picture: The new I series Smart Pump offers leak free chemical transfer of corrosive liquids. (Image: Pump Industries)
Source: Australian Pump Industry