Molasses and vegetable oil transfer
“Bogdanovichsky Kombikormoviy Zavod” (BKZ) transfers molasses and oil from a tank truck/railway to a storage tank with an installation of local gear pumps. The fluid working temperate ranges from 0 to 35°C, with a viscosity of 5000 to 1000 cP. The specific gravity for this application is 0.8 – 1.1 kg/l, with particles up to 5 mm and a flow up to 200-250 l/min. The pipe length is 6 m before the pump and 18 m after the pump, with a 3 inch hose diameter. Issues such as leakage, high maintenance and energy costs and difficulties with abrasive fluids were encountered. BKZ were looking for a better solution.
The local Graco distributor, Smartec, proposed a trial with the installation of a Graco Husky 2150, a 2- inch positive displacement double diaphragm pump. This pump works at approximately 50-60 cycles/min, 5 bars air and is gravity fed.
After the test, BKZ concluded that the pump performed very well with both oil & molasses.
A number of issues were solved:
- Leakage caused by wear of mechanical seals in gear pumps
- Better performance with abrasive fluid
- High energy costs were reduced
- The workshop and equipment stayed clean
- Reduced service time to replace mechanical seals.
With all these improvements, it didn’t take BKZ long to decide to replace all gear pumps in the sector.
OAO “Bogdanovichsky kombikormoviy zavod”
Industry Market Sector
Mixed fodder producer
Molasses and oil transfer from tank truck/railway to storage tank
Husky 2150, next unit to be supplied Husky 3300 (ALU + Geolast)
Graco Distributor Details
OOO “Smartec”, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation