Unfortunately, real life isn’t that simple. Vapors, gases and dust make some pumping environments more prone to explosions than others. These conditions, combined with the right amount of oxygen and an energy source, set the stage for dangerous explosions, resulting in serious property damage, as well as the potential death or injury of workers in the vicinity.
The energy source could be something as simple as a spark from an electrical connection, a hot pump surface or static electricity. As a result, government regulations require all potential energy sources be contained and isolated from the explosive environment.
Conventional pumps run on electricity, requiring comprehensive containment of not just the electric motor but also of the wiring, special junction boxes and controls, all installed by qualified electricians.
Those same electricians are needed to safely disconnect the explosion-proof controls and power when an electrically driven pump has to be repaired. Such repairs can be frequent in difficult, high-maintenance applications because of conventional pumps’ restricted operating parameters and many components.
The operating costs of conventionally designed sump pumps can be steep in these situations.
This is where Pitbull’s pneumatic displacement sump pumps can play a critical role. Thanks to our simple design, our pumps operate on compressed air, avoiding electricity altogether, reducing the chances of explosions and eliminating the need for costly explosion-proof components and wiring.
Our simple design provides other benefits, as well. Consisting of just a hollow chamber and two check valves, our pneumatic replacement pumps have a minimum number of components and can operate within a wide range of flow and pressure parameters, necessitating fewer, if any, repairs.
Pitbull pumps also operate without the potential to generate heat, enabling the pumps’ outer surfaces to remain at ambient temperature and eliminating another possible energy source for explosions.
Fewer repairs and a lower risk of explosions combine to make our industrial sump pumps particularly well-suited for explosion-proof environments. While these decreases are highly attractive in their own right, together they result in drastically lower operating costs, a benefit that plant operators everywhere appreciate.
Increased safety. Decreased downtime. Improved operating costs. All because Pitbull pumps use air instead of electricity – a simple solution to a complex problem.
Make sure to contact us the next time you’re looking for a simple, thoughtful solution to your pumping challenges.
- Posted by Linda Andel
- On February 15, 2017