Thursday, June 28, 2012
CANADA PUMP AND POWER UTILIZES HYDRAULIC SUBMERSIBLE PUMPS IN UNIQUE APPLICATIONS
BY JEFF JOHNSON, MINING AND INDUSTRIAL MARKET MANAGER
Abrasive slurry, temperature swings of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, remote locations…any of these things would test a pump system. Canada Pump and Power’s hydraulic pump platforms face all three obstacles to transfer solids out of waste ponds.
In service for more than two years, CPP’s Hydraulic Tiller Dredge utilizes a Cornell hydraulic submersible 6NNT pump married with a CAT engine to remove bitumen from a retention pond. The pump package sits atop a six-foot long Caterpillar Landscape tiller. The tiller is lowered to the bottom of the pond and feeds constant slurry into the pump. The highly abrasive slurry contains harsh bitumen solids, coursing through the pump at 2,000 gallons per minute.
CCP utilizes a package, consisting of a Cornell 6NNT and a Caterpillar tiller in another challenging application. In order to pump sludge out of ponds, the package had to be able to rapidly change locations, change pump depths, and tackle thick particulates. CPP’s ingeniously placed the hydraulic submersible pump on the end of a John Deere 410 excavator, replacing the Deere’s bucket with the pump and tiller. The excavator’s hydraulic system powers the pump. The pump is submerged in the sludge, and then the excavator boom moves the pump around like an egg beater to dredge out the pond.
Canada Pump and Power has found the durability, reliability, and easy maintenance of Cornell pumps to be keys to operating in the tough conditions and challenging environment.