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Aussie Pumps introduces new self-priming pump for corrosive duties

Australian Pump Industries has introduced a new cast 316 stainless steel self-priming centrifugal pump to handle corrosive liquids in mining applications.

The new pumps - designed to answer a need in mining and chemical industries for cost efficient, ISO9001 quality products capable of handling contaminated and corrosive liquids – feature close coupled electric drives and high efficiencies for both high and low head applications.

“This product line has been developed for mine tailings and other difficult mine liquids including light slurries” said Aussie Pumps product manager, Neil Bennett.

“We perceived a major market opportunity for a top quality stainless steel pump at a realistic price and built strictly in accordance with our quality culture,” he added.

The first pump to be introduced is a 5.5kW 3” pump that delivers a maximum flow of 910l/min with the added ability to handle solids up to 10mm in size.

Like all of the Aussie GMP range, the pump is self-priming with the ability to draft water from depths of 6m, and it provides a maximum pump head of 40m, making it ideal for high pressure water transfer or even machinery washdown.

Power for the machine comes from a 5.5kW TEFC three-phase, two-pole electric drive motor, installed from the factory on a heavy duty steel base for ease of installation with optional stainless steel or hot galvanised steel bases also available.

“The pump’s big advantage for miners is its ease of repair in the field and simplicity of operation. Even changing the seals is simple,” said Bennett.

“The pump is close coupled to the motor with a 316 stainless steel stub shaft. Disassembly of the pump body from the motor is a matter of minutes, giving access to the pump chamber for cleanout or service.”

Behind the pump’s self-priming characteristics are the big “shoulders” in the priming tank incorporated in the unit’s design, and a high-mounted suction port also helps fast self-priming without the need for additional aids like vacuum pumps or compressors.

The new pump is available in nickel aluminium bronze, as well with a semi trash version available in the cast iron configuration.

Seals are heavy duty mechanical style with Nitrile elastomers, but optional viton and silicon carbide are also available.

The first pumps are going to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, where they will be used for mine tailings and wash stand applications in high PH level liquids.