Coverage from the WEFTEC Showroom Floor

Written by:
Michelle Segrest
October 24, 2012
KSB Centrifugal Pump

NEW ORLEANS (Oct. 4, 2012) –The editorial and sales teams from Pumps & Systems and Upstream Pumping Solutions distributed more than 1,600 copies of its two industry leading pumping magazines at the 85th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC), recognized as the world’s largest annual water quality exhibition. For Pumps & Systems, this was our 19th WEFTEC. We were proud to take with us 1,300 copies of the September 2012 issue, which is the biggest single magazine produced in our company’s history.

This year’s event boasted more than 18,000 attendees from more than 70 countries with 290,000 square feet of exhibition space at the New Orleans Convention Center. There was a lot of positive energy about the industry from the showroom floor, with many new products and services featured. Here are some of the highlights.

KSB released the Amarex N , a cost-efficient, solids-handling submersible pump with more than 180,000 units sold to date worldwide. In addition, KSB displayed a full size KRT with Cooling Jacket, Amacan P with their unique carrier cable that prevents damage to the power cable, the Amaprop 1000 that is used for the Biogas Market, and the Amamix submersible mixer. KSB develops pumps, valves and systems and is constantly engineering customized solutions for its customers.

Grundfos released the S-tube impeller, which offers greater hydraulic efficiency without compromising free passage. Its design eliminates edges, dead zones and cutting functions that wear with time, relying instead on a patented labyrinth and sealing system that will provide years of trouble-free operation. The impeller's simple tube shape eliminates the need for advanced and costly add-on assemblies that are designed to cut, shred or treat the wastewater as it flows from the pump. Meanwhile, a unique new balancing method results in less vibration and noise. The S-tube's hydraulic design ensures less abrasive wear, enhances anti-clogging capabilities and reduces costs over time.

Xylem’s top management hosted a Press Conference and open mic/Q&A session featuring Gretchen McClain, Xylem President & CEO, Colin Sabol, Xylem Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, Mike Kuchenbrod, President Xylem Water Solutions and Chris McIntire, President Xylem Analytics. The panel discussed Xylem’s spinoff from ITT Corporation, achievements and highlights, trends and challenges facing the water industry.

Xylem unveiled two new additions to its wastewater pumping portfolio. The Flygt Slimline Propeller Pumps use smaller discharge column sizes resulting in a smaller pump station footprint which in turn minimizes civil construction costs. Xylem’s new Flygt APP 800 pump control system has been specifically engineered to control water and wastewater transport systems.

Xylem launched three new wastewater treatment solutions Wedeco Duron is an open channel ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system that delivers clean, safe, treated wastewater of the highest standard using a minimum of energy. The Sanitaire BioLoop oxidation ditch is a new biological wastewater treatment solution that cuts energy use by up to 50 percent while the Leopold I.M.S® 1000 media retainer replaces support gravel in the wastewater market, making it the only media retainer available for wastewater. Xylem’s Godwin Heidra NC Series pumps are self-contained hydraulic submersible pumps ready to go anywhere and operate in the toughest conditions. With Flygt N-technology, they offer the ability to pass stringy and fibrous solids through their impeller without clogging.

Smith & Loveless displayed full-sized models of products in pumping, treatment and headworks product zones. New products featured included the 6” X-PELLER® Non-Clog Pump, the TITAN MEM-FRAME™ and the OBEX™ Fine Screen. Live product demonstrations were featured with several major products on display, including FORMULA X® Wet Well Mounted Pump Station, S&L Non-Clog Pump with X-PELLER® Impeller, TITAN MBR™ & TITAN MEM-FRAME™, PISTA® 360™ Grit Removal System, PISTA® PRO-PAK™, PISTA® TURBO™ Grit Washer and the OBEX™ Fine Screen.

Watson-Marlow showcased its Qdos 30 pump range. Developed in response to extensive industrial customer feedback for improved chemical metering, the Qdos 30 eliminates ancillary equipment, enhances productivity and reduces chemical waste through more accurate, linear and repeatable metering than typical solenoid or stepper driven diaphragm metering pumps.  The Qdos 30 delivers 5,000:1 flow from 0.002 to 8.0 GPH at 100 PSI while integrating easily through IP66 manual, analog and PROFIBUS control options.  Featuring patented ReNu pumphead technology, Qdos 30 is fully sealed for safe, tool-free maintenance.   

ABB’s LV Drives were displayed with a working water-pumping demo that demonstrated process control and precise control of water levels and pressures. Baldor was represented with an energy dashboard demo that highlighted energy efficiency/savings when using motors and drives in combination. Additionally, ABB's high-performance ACS800 drives series showcased how ULH (Ultra-low Harmonic) drives are ideal for applications that need to meet rigorous harmonic specifications in all types of water pumping and control. ABB's Medium Voltage Drives were also displayed. The ACS2000, available in ratings up to 3,000 horsepower, is ideal for applications such as aeration blowers and lift station pumps. This drive features an active front end, which eliminates the need for a multi-pulse transformer, and makes the product an ideal choice where space is limited. Stop by and see our pump demo featuring Softstarters with built-in torque control functionality along with extreme duty pilot devices

FMC Environmental Solutions, part of FMC Corporation, was launched in May 2012 and introduced to the industry at WEFTEC. It integrates the company’s portfolio of proprietary products and specialty solutions that prevent or remediate contamination of air, soil and water. The Water Treatment division integrates FMC’s chemistries from its Peroxygens business – a new proven wastewater disinfection solution - that offer municipal wastewater facilities a more environmentally benign alternative to traditional chlorine technology.  Its solutions will also focus on water treatment in the oil and gas exploration market offering chemistries that neutralize sulfur reducing bacteria.

KROHNE displayed the new OPTISYS SLM 2080 optical sludge blanket measurement system, which offers accurate and reliable measurement of blanket depth, separation zone and swirled solids (fluff zone) depth using optical suspended solids measuring technology. Energy savings and low ownership costs make the OPTISYS SLM 2080 ideal for continuous measurement of industrial and municipal waste water sludge, sludge settlement monitoring, and control of return activated sludge and waste activated sludge. KROHNE also demonstrated the new OPTIMASS 6400, a twin bent tube Coriolis mass flow meter, ideal for standard liquid and gas applications in a variety of industries.

Nidec Motor Corporation showcased the next generation of the Vertical Hollowshaft Inverter Duty Motors that offer a bearing protection system that will help mitigate bearing problems caused by shaft voltage.

Four new products from ABS, a Sulzer brand, were launched at WEFTEC. The multi-vane Contrablock Plus pump impellers raise the bar for rag handling and blockage resistance, providing free solids passage of at least 75 mm (3 inches) through the impeller. The expansion of the ABS submersible mixer XRW into a full product range covers high, medium and medium-low mixing speeds. To retain the mixer’s unique blend of energy efficiency and economy, three motor technologies have been used. The completion of the ABS flow booster XSB product range was also featured. Finally, the ABS turbocompressor HST 20 is a  direct-driven compressor that represents the third generation of Sulzer Pumps’ fully air-cooled HST technology for wastewater aeration.

Pioneer Pump, manufacturer of a complete line of centrifugal pumps displayed pumps from its distinct series including: standard centrifugal, vacuum assisted, self-priming, hydraulic submersible and wellpointing.

Siemens introduced the new BioMag™ System - the magnetite ballasted application used for secondary wastewater treatment. The BioMag™ System integrates with planned or existing facilities, increasing activated sludge system capacity up to 300 percent without new tankage, providing control over depth of secondary sludge blankets and enabling nutrient removal levels down to 3 mg/L TN and 0.2 mg/L TP - all at substantially lower costs than conventional systems. Attendees were able to step into the virtual clarifier to explore the science behind magnetite ballasted technology. In-depth tours of the BioMag™ System using our interactive touchscreen were also provided.

JWC Environmental unveiled its all-new vertical Auger Monster screening system. The Auger Monster model AGV offers an all-in-one screen solution that fits into compact pump stations and screens wastewater to remove rags and debris quickly and cleanly. This system protects and puts an end to the messy and costly task of de-ragging sewer pumps.  The compaction zone reduces the volume of material so fewer trips to the landfill are needed. Also on display was a working Macho Monster grinder, which quickly chews through lumber, cans, bottles, shoes, balls of rags and more.  With up to 45,000 pounds of cutter force Muffin Monster and Macho Monster grinders easily shred solids into small particles that flow easily through pumps and pipelines.

NOV Monoflo introduced the ‘maintain-in-place’ line of EZstrip™ products. The EZstrip™ Transfer Pump provides a quick and easy way to disassemble, de-rag and maintain a PC pump in place, reducing maintenance time by more than 93 percent for significant cost savings. The EZstrip™ Cake Pump features a specially designed feed chamber that can easily be disconnected allowing access to the rotating assembly. The rotor can be separated from the conveyor allowing removal of the rotor and stator all within its own assembled length. The latest addition to the EZstrip™ family is a range of grinders offering a competitive solution to solids grinding and sludge conditioning.

Vaughan displayed its self-priming chopper pumps, which are ideally suited for lift stations, scum wells, portable cleanout and retrofits for clogging pumps. The new chopper impeller design allows priming up to 24 feet, covering a wide range of applications with flows up to 6,000 gpm.

McCrometer’s VF-Cone Flow Meter supports a wide range of oil and gas production and other process industry applications. It is designed for accurate and reliable fluid measurement in rugged, space-challenged environments.

Neptune Chemical Pump Company featured the Series 7000 mechanically actuated diaphragm metering pump, which eliminates contour plates on the liquid side of the diaphragm. The simple, straight-through valve and head design allows for improved flow.

Danfoss displayed its SmartStart, which programs the VLT AQUA Drive. This new programming feature takes the user through a short series of screens to facilitate programming based on actual application data.

The Thompson Pump Compact pump series features a smaller size, lighter weight and is easier-to-maintain with the same performance as a standard-size pump with a 24-hour run time fuel tank. The pumps are available in the common diesel-drive portable pump sizes of 4 and 6 inches. The series includes the Enviroprime system, which keeps pumpage from discharging into the environment.


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