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How Vulcan Pumps Can Help Your Operation Weather Inflation

When it comes to the national and global economies, we’re all looking for ways to better weather the inevitable economic storms that come our way. The current economic storm we’re facing? Inflation. 

While not all industries feel the negative effects equally, just about everyone is affected in some way. And when production becomes more expensive and lead-times grow longer, it’s time to start looking for ways to fight back. 

Vulcan Pumps: The Perfect Production Partner

While other manufacturers’ prices are steadily increasing and their lead-times are lengthening, Vulcan Pumps remains steady. We’re here to instill confidence—not uncertainty—into you and your business with our CombiTherm product lead-times. 

Despite global current events, the pathway to CombiTherm products is still open. And as the master distributor of CombiTherm pumps in American and Canada, Vulcan Pumps has you covered—even for last-minute replacements and expensive OEM components. We can offer quick shipments right from stock—so you don’t have to wait any longer than necessary. 

More About CombiTherm Products

CombiTherm hot oil and hot water pumps are designed to transfer bitumen, emulsions, and just about every other liquid element inherent to makeup. They can seamlessly replace most big pump brands without difficulty, and because they’re stocked in America, delivery is quick and easy. 

If you’re on the hunt for OEM or aftermarket hot oil and hot water pumps, Vulcan Pumps has you covered. You can always expect short lead-times, stable prices, and excellent customer service. 

Vulcan Pumps HDS Slurry Pump

There’s a reason our HDS slurry pump is one of our most popular production staples. It comes with high-quality, custom design, American-made components, as well as application-specific metallurgies to withstand both typical and atypical abrasion. 

With the Vulcan HDS slurry pump, you’re getting a completely American-made product. And to make things even more convenient, our pump parts are inventoried right here in Birmingham—meaning quick lead-times (typically one week) for you. Not to mention guaranteed quality and budget-conscious prices. 

We’re Up to the Task

If you’re looking for fast, reliable lead-times, excellent quality and variety of products, and customer service that never wavers—you’ve found the right partner. We perform comprehensive quality control for every part both before assembly and during manufacturing, as well as extensively quality test pump materials long before they reach you. Despite volatile global circumstances, Vulcan Pumps is here to deliver peace of mind. Get in touch with us to get started. We look forward to hearing from you.

Your Guide to HDS Corrosive Applications

When it comes to slurry, not just any pump will do. Over time, slurry will ultimately break down most standard pumps—you need something stronger. Our heavy duty slurry (HDS) pumps are built right here in the U.S., and are made to withstand HDS corrosive applications. 

Keep reading for more information about HDS corrosive applications and how to handle them. 

The Importance of Performance

If you think a standard water pump is strong enough to continually pump slurry without any problems, think again. Slurry is a unique mixture of very abrasive solids and liquids, and requires a special pump to move. 

You need a pump specific to slurry—and one that will continually perform, resist wear and tear, provide the necessary power, and be easy to maintain. Not all slurry pumps are created equal. Every pumping environment is different, and requires different things out of its machinery. Because of the variety of requirements, you need a variety of pump sizes, types, and mounts. Custom submersible and slurry pumps are a must if you want optimal performance and a long machine lifespan. 

So, When Do You Need an HDS Pump Vs. a Regular Slurry Pump? 

While a slurry pump will perform significantly better than a water pump, sometimes—with certain applications—you need something with extra heavy-duty capabilities. Here are a few examples of HDS corrosive applications:

Applications with a low pH balance or a high amount of chlorides can be very challenging and costly when using a standard submersible pump. Applications with a pH balance of one to four require special materials like casings, impellers, suction liners, and a stand varying from super duplex 2205 and 2507 to Alloy 20. 

In regards to applications with a higher pH balance, you can consider CD4MCUN, 316 stainless steel. In this case, material changes will also need to be made to the machined parts and bolting. 

When it comes to seal upgrades, most applications require a more robust seal, such as the John Crane 5840 in the 2205 material, as well as silica carbide faces. Keep in mind that most standard submersible motor manufacturers don’t make a stainless steel motor with a robust slurry seal option. 

Getting your hands on a motor flange that’s crafted from a material suitable to the application is crucial, as it protects both the seal and the motor flange from corrosion, and helps prevent seal failures. 

You’ll also need to select motor and control cables for your specific application. Most cable materials are suitable, but it’s important that you always check. 

Can Your Pump Handle HDS Corrosive Applications?

The Vulcan HDS slurry pump is a top product for us—and with good reason. They’re made with application-specific metallurgies to withstand both standard and atypical abrasion. Everything about our pumps is high-quality and American-made. Interested in learning more about our HDS pumps? Vulcan Pumps is poised to meet your needs and deliver quality on every front. Get in touch with us today.

A Closer Look at Our HDS Slurry Pump Accessories

Our custom HDS submersible slurry pumps have the option for additional accessories—one quoted standard. The slurry pump accessories we offer include spray (sparge) ring, Vulcan Guard, and lifting bail. All these accessories offer ease-of-use and cost-over-time benefits. Read on for more about their application readiness and purposes. 

An Overview of Our Slurry Pump Accessories 

As mentioned, we offer three slurry pump accessories: the sparge or spray ring, the proprietary, standard-quoted Vulcan Guard, and lifting bail. Following is a helpful breakdown of each:

#1: Sparge or Spray Ring

The spray or sparge ring can be mounted to any submersible pump, and provides a cleaner sump overall. The spray ring works well for virtually all industries that handle high concentrations of solids, including power generation, mining, and steel. 

When regularly pumping abrasive solids, the sparge ring fluidizes or agitates into suspension the solids (e.g. ore, coal fines) that settle and coagulate in the pit. The spray ring improves suspension to pump solids, which leads to a cleaner sump. Over time, built-up solids that aren’t appropriately agitated require removal using a vacuum truck. The spray ring lessens build-up of solids  and increases pit cleanliness, resulting in less frequent visits from the vacuum truck.

#2: Vulcan Guard

Vulcan Guard is a proprietary slurry pump accessory quoted with every custom pump purchase. It boasts a dual feature innovation not found elsewhere: a one-box, two-feature safety sensor. Vulcan Guard places both a moisture sensor and thermal overload connections in one box for a single point of connection. 

The moisture sensor alerts you of a bottom seal failure, which helps protect the pump from further water intrusion. A red warning light will signal when the seal has failed, alerting operators to pull the pump, stop the motor, and replace the seal. Additionally, Vulcan Guard houses a built-in motor thermal overload function that stops the motor if overheated—as well as a corresponding control panel light that halts the motor until able to fully stop or reset. 

Vulcan Guard is unique in industry as it innovates past the prevailing two-box system. Our system offers single-point connection and safety features for improved risk reduction and increased operator peace of mind. 

#3: Lifting Bail

Our 304 stainless steel lifting bail does as its name implies: helps to hoist the pump when needed. The lifting bail is made for our HDS submersible slurry pump, connects to the top of the motor, and brings it to a single lifting point. The slurry pump’s motor houses two lifting lugs, which the lifting bail easily hooks up to. The lifting bail makes pump removal from sump much more streamlined. Included in the bail is 25 feet of lifting cable. 

Benefits to Our Accessories

Generally, our accessories:

  • Reduce maintenance;
  • Reduce pump repair cost;
  • And increase pump life. 

That’s not all though. More specifically, the spray ring affords over-time cost reduction to industries through less routine plant (and sump) upkeep, decreased maintenance and labor expenses, and diminished (if not eliminated) vacuum truck visits for site cleanup. Plus, sparge rings can be outfitted to anyone’s pump—and our 24-spray nozzle selection comes standard in 304 stainless steel. When margins are thin, this accessory could be the difference. 

Additionally, the client-requested Vulcan Guard, of course, provides an innovative and intuitive interface for improved safety and risk reduction. The two-feature, one-box system enables more control, less risk, and on-the-spot detection. 

Finally, our 304 stainless steel lifting bail is outfitted for easy attachment and single-point lifting, which is a favorite feature for those in power generation and similar industries. Contact us to learn more about our HDS submersible slurry pump as well as the accessories offered for enhanced ease of use and improved functioning. 

Vulcan HDS Slurry Pump: Comprehensive Product Spotlight

The Vulcan HDS slurry pump is our major product staple, and for good reason. It offers high-quality, custom design, U.S.-made components and make, and application-specific metallurgies to withstand typical and atypical abrasion. See how our HDS slurry pump meets your needs, and how Vulcan Pumps is poised to deliver quality on every front. 

A U.S.-Made HDS Slurry Pump

Vulcan Pumps offers a purely U.S.-made product. All patterns, casting, machine parts, and more for our HDS slurry pump are made in our cutting-edge facility based in the southeastern U.S. Plus, our pump seals are made in tandem with John Crane Co., and we have worked together to develop multiple seal designs that are application-ready. This is to our clients’ benefit as it ensures the best seal per application for complete peace of mind: You don’t have to rely on a motor manufacturer to give a generic seal selection. 

In addition, our pump parts are locally inventoried in Birmingham. This offers quick turnaround (typically a one-week lead-time) for components that are guaranteed quality and reasonably priced. 

We also offer an on-site (remove) rebuild program on an as-needed basis. We submerge test recording, moisture sensor, AMP draw, and thermal overloads (along with a flow and head test), and provide documents prior to delivery. We provide this as an additional service to coincide with required internal processes as applicable. We can also work closely with your quality control team, determining pump rate, head performance, and other measurements before installation. 

Metallurgies Used

We provide a range of metallurgies for project-specific needs: 316 Stainless Steel, Alloy 20, Hastelloy, 2205, 2507, CD4MCUN, and more. 

For atypical, abrasive applications, we offer 28% chrome iron, ASTMA532. For when chemicals, chlorides, or other highly corrosive conditions are present, we have several choices available: ASTM A890 duplex and super duplex stainless steels (CD4, 2205, and 2507) and ASTM A494 high nickel alloys C276 and A20. There’s also an opportunity for us to make motor shafts, pump components, and other hardware in these high-resistance materials. 

Quality Across the Board

Vulcan Pumps quality program ensures you receive a HDS slurry pump that is no exception to peak performance expected. We also perform comprehensive pump quality control for every part before assembly and during manufacturing. We extensively quality-test pump materials and appearance long before it reaches you. 
If you need a high-performance submersible pump that withstands the test of applications, the Vulcan HDS slurry pump is the pump for your processes. Contact us with questions or to learn more.