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Pump range extended
Keywords Flotronic Pumps, Pumping
Process pump specialist, Flotronic Pumps Ltd (FPL), has extended the versatility of its 710 Series of stainless steel pumps with the introduction of what is described as an innovative, new range of cost effective, self-draining pumps (Plate 4).
Plate 4 Flotronic Pumps introduces a new range of self-draining pumps
The new 710 Slimline Super Model pump is said to be purpose-designed to meet strict hygienic requirements in food and pharmaceutical processing and for particularly demanding applications involving paints, solvents and products containing abrasive particles.
According to FPL it has engineered these new self-draining pumps to ensure that, when the pump is idle, any media is automatically drained from the pump chambers. By eliminating media residue, the Slimline pump are said to eliminate the risk of bacterial or other contamination in hygienic applications, and also minimises the threat of any damage to the pump through permeation of corrosive material.
Like all pumps in the FPL 710 Series, the Slimline Super Model is an air driven, double diaphragm pump based upon Flotronics' patented "one nut" design which claims rapid, easy maintenance. FPL's design reportedly allows engineers to complete the same job in less than ten minutes, simply by removing a single nut. For added convenience, this changeover can, it is said, be performed while the pump is still connected to the pipework, keeping production downtime to an absolute minimum.
Manufactured in 316 Stainless Steel on all wetted metal parts, the 710 Series is described as a compact, extremely versatile range proven in numerous process applications worldwide. All pumps in the series are said to offer high dry suction lift and the capacity to handle 100 litres of liquid per minute without degradation of the product. Because of its durability and resistance to corrosion, the 710 Series is believed to be ideal for use in processing acids, adhesives, cosmetics, petrochemicals, solvents and solids in suspension.
As the pump can be easily stripped and cleaned to meet maximum hygiene standards.
FPL supplies a wide range of elastomers to suit a large selection of specialist media requirements, including high temperature, PTFE faced rubber diaphragms. These are said to be particularly suited to handling hot CIP regimes. Pumps are also available with jackets, for use with steam or hot water, as well as rupture protection barriers (for diaphragms), alarms and pulsation dampers.