As a reaction to increasingly tough environmental controls in mine, quarry and construction sites, a major Australian pump builder has developed a new range of dust suppression equipment.
Australian Pump Industries, Australia?s leading innovator of self-priming centrifugal tanker pumps, has launched the Aussie Dustbuster line-up with a product range that offers high pressure two-inch, three-inch and four-inch pumps, designed to allow plant operators to comply with government requirements.
?Communities are increasingly concerned about the impacts on health associated with dust pollution,? Aussie Pump?s product development manager Brad Farrugia said. ?We?ve reflected that concern in developing products that are uniquely designed for road tanker applications where both high flow and high pressure are required.?
The Aussie Dustbuster range is available in both petrol and diesel drive configurations. Aussie Pumps research shows that tanker operators want to be able to fill tankers fast to reduce cycle time, but at the same time need enough pressure to be able to throw jets over a wide range. The result is pumps capable of flows of up to 2900 litres per minute, with operating pressures of up to 100psi.
The pumps self-prime and are part of the Aussie Quick Prime range. They all incorporate big capacity water tanks that enable them to prime fast, first time, every time.
?Fast filling is critical,? Farrugia explained. ?Operators may need to fill from creeks, dams or rivers, so the ability to draught water promptly and efficiently is vital,? he said.
The Aussie Dustbusters are designed with a high efficiency, superbly balanced and designed impeller volute combination. That enables the pumps to draw water through a vertical column of up to 8.4 metres.
The pumps all self-prime and do not need foot valves to enable them to carry out the priming task. An integrated check valve is incorporated in the pump?s suction port, creating a vacuum when the pump starts operating.
?The Aussie fast prime system is virtually unique. We know of no other self-priming pump that will draught from 8.4 metres and do it every time,? said Farrugia.
Aussie Dustbusters are available with either Honda petrol or Yanmar and Kubota diesel engine drives. The company uses only top quality major brand engines and does not use third world manufactured ?clone? engines.
The pumps achieve the combination of high pressure and high flow through big single stage impellers, closed design, but with broad vane ports that enable small solids to go straight through the pump without causing damage.
The seals are a heavy duty ceramic mechanical design, but silicone carbide seals are available as an optional extra.
?We are working on a hydraulic drive version of the pump line-up and know that that will have popular uses in mines, construction and rental markets, which are looking for an enclosed dust-free drive system,? Farrugia said. ?Australian Pump know that dust is a major pollutant and control of particulate matter emission will be increasingly important in the future. Apart from compliance with regulations, plant operators need to keep dust levels down so that equipment requires less cleaning and maintenance is made easier,? he said.
Further information on the Aussie Dustbuster range is readily available from Australian Pump Industries, along with a copy of the company?s current complete product guide.
Source: Australian Pump Industries