Chemicals and plastics

This category contains 38 posts

State of the Industry in 2017: new opportunities drive optimistic outlook

Recently Pump Industry undertook its fourth annual State of the Industry survey. The survey’s results provide insights into current trends in the industry, areas for growth and opportunity, what has or hasn’t been working for companies over the last year, and the industry’s outlook for the year ahead. Our survey results suggest that 2016 was a mixed bag […]

Irrigation herbicide trial

Irrigation Australia and UPL Australia are seeking an irrigation channel partner to assist in the final trial of a world leading aquatic weed control herbicide project. Scientists at Victoria’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources are leading the project with irrigation companies and UPL to collect data on the effectiveness of the herbicide […]

How to prevent electrostatic discharge

When modern, environmentally-friendly hydraulic and lubrication oils are used, or incorrectly handled, there is the risk of electrostatic discharges and an escalation in the formation of ageing products (varnish). As a result, the components integrated into hydraulic and lubrication oil systems are severely restricted in their function or even damaged. Electrostatic discharges destroy filter elements, […]

Sulzer launches new process pump range

Sulzer has launched a new innovative SNS end suction single stage process pump range. It is designed to exceed the highest standards of performance and reliability, as well as the requirements of the ISO5199 standard. The new pump range was developed for pumping applications in the pulp and paper, water and wastewater, chemical processing, power, […]

Looking at the total piping system

by Ray Hardee, Chief Engineer, Engineered Software In the first of a regular series of columns on overall piping systems, Ray Hardee discusses how the various elements making up a total pumped system work together to meet system requirement. Pumped systems can be classified as either process systems, in which a product is made, or […]

Improved safety in explosive atmospheres

KTR has expanded its ROTEX® coupling line with the new ROTEX® non-sparking for maintenance-free use in potentially explosive environments. This failsafe innovation assures operation in cases of spider element wear while reliably preventing sparking. The jaw geometry consists of a conductive high-tenacity plastic that is injected onto the hub body which continues to be made […]

Selecting valves: considerations by industry and application

by Michelle Goldsmith, Pump Industry Associate Editor Valves are vital components of pumping systems and pipelines in near-countless different industries. The functions valves fulfill in these systems can include stopping and starting flow, regulating the rate and direction of flow, preventing backflow, and regulating system pressure. While valves may sometimes be dismissed as secondary considerations […]

Faulty pump causes water pollution

A failed injection pump discharge isolating valve at Macquarie AGL’s Bayswater Power Station has caused water pollution in nearby waterways. The faulty pump caused sulphuric acid to enter two stormwater drains and subsequently flow to Tinkers Creek, resulting in a penalty notice by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Approximately 6000 litres of sulphuric acid […]

Pumps help to remove pollution

Melbourne Water (VIC) has set up several pumps to remove pollution from Merri creek after runoff from recent Somerton firefighting efforts. To minimise runoff, barriers were put in place but unfortunately some of the run off still entered the creek. 7km of the waterway have been contained and measured have been set up including extra […]

Contamination of three NSW pump stations

Three Hunter Water pump stations in NSW have temporarily closed until NSW Health approves them as safe to use after contamination from RAAF firefighting foam. Hunter Water estimates it has indefinitely lost access to 1.5billion litres of water due to the RAAF’s use of firefighting foam containing chemicals PFOS and PFOA and their contamination of […]


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