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SYKES PUMPS LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE BENTONITE RANGE

Posted: Tuesday 18th August 2015

Leading Pump hire specialist, Sykes Pumps, has developed a new range of bentonite pumps for use in construction, civil engineering and utility projects on either flooded suction or standard automatic priming applications.

The launch of the new B150 range, which includes both electric and diesel units, follows a six-month R&D programme from Sykes Pumps, utilising customer feedback to incorporate features and benefits aligned to market requirements.

Specifically developed for the challenging conditions of bentonite applications, the pumps have been designed for faster and easier set up on site. Sykes Pumps’ rotary vane vacuum pump priming system delivers fully automatic self-priming from dry and rapid re-priming where required, while the innovative priming shut off valve enables configuration without the use of a blanking plate, with a simple lever to switch off the automatic priming function and enable safe and efficient flooded suction operation direct from a silo.

Capable of heads of up to 38M, a maximum flow rate of 90 l/s and excellent solids handling capability, the pumps have been designed with a weatherproof external control panel that enables site set up in either an automated or manual configuration to suit individual applications, with an emergency stop button for safety.

Sykes Pumps has fitted the lightweight B150 pumps with an oil bath mechanical seal for efficient performance and abrasion resistance, while a three-way valve on the vacuum pump and six flushing points per unit ensure easy cleaning, flushing and draining, saving time on site.

Both the Electric and diesel models are mounted on a robust and compact skid base chassis with forklift slots for easy lifting and positioning on site. Weighing just 1433kg (dry weight), the fuel efficient diesel version is ideal for applications where there is no electric power source available at the pump site. The B150E electric unit, meanwhile, weighs just 1050kg (dry weight) and uses a highly efficient, IP55-rated 30kW IE.3 motor, which can be fitted with an inverter to enable soft start up and variable motor speeds.

Comments Chris Graham, sales director at Sykes Pumps: “The B150 and B150E pumps have been designed using proven pump components for demanding applications to offer big performance using less power.

“The features and benefits they offer demonstrate not only Sykes Pump’s technical innovation but also our ability to address the needs of customers on site with practical solutions that save time, reduce cost and make life easier.

“With the B150 range, we have combined high levels of specialist functionality with lower emissions, better fuel efficiency, reliability and convenience and we anticipate high demand for both bentonite applications and other projects involving high solids content or abrasive substances.”




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