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seepex reduces pump maintenance time with ‘Smart Conveying Technology’

24 February 2012

Arla Foods is one of the largest dairy companies to use seepex pumps fitted with Smart Conveying Technology (SCT) to reduce their maintenance time

Progressive cavity (PC) pumps are used extensively for many duties within the food and beverage industries because they can handle both viscous and non viscous products with and without soft solids up to ds 45%.

In the past maintenance has required complete removal of discharge pipe-work to replace the pumping elements of rotor and stator however this is an issue seepex have addressed with SCT which has reduced maintenance time by up to 85%.

The Smart Stator is split into two halves longitudinally and held in place with 4 retaining segments which can be removed by undoing just eight nuts. Once the stator has been removed the rotor can also be removed without disturbing the universal joint. The pumping elements of rotor and stator can be inspected, maintenance planned, blockages removed and both elements replaced without removal of any pipe-work, a real improvement for PC pumps and one that is proving very popular with customers.

Perhaps more important is the reduction of maintenance intervals needed when using SCT – adjustment of the retaining segments regain full pump performance by re-adjusting the retaining segments as the stator starts to wear. This extension of pump life together with reduced maintenance time and lower spares costs all contributes to lower whole life costs of ownership of a seepex pump - factors recognised by customers who have installed SCT pumps on DAF sludge plants.

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