Pump Protection Separator Reduces Wear, Repair and Replacement

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Sand creates serious challenges for irrigators. If not controlled, it can reduce pump efficiency and lead to expensive repairs, replacements and downtime.

In areas where sand is a problem, we recommend installing the LAKOS Pump Protection Separator (PPS) on submersible or turbine pumps, which can help maintain optimum pump flow and extend pump life by four times or more. 

The PPS uses centrifugal action to prevent sand from entering the pump inlet and damaging the impellers, bearings and other pump components. This keeps pumps operating at maximum efficiency while minimizing pump wear, repair and replacement.

Replacing the pump strainer, the PPS is attached to the intake of a submersible or turbine pump. Sandy water is drawn through the tangential inlet slots of the PPS via head pressure. Heavy sand is centrifugally separated from the water and moved to the perimeter of the unit. The sand-free water is then drawn to the center of the separator and up through the vortex to the pump’s intake. The sand particles fall downward to the bottom of the separator and are periodically discharged deep into the well.

Made of durable carbon steel and with a patented centrifugal design, the PPS is constructed without moving parts and without screens and filters that need to be cleaned and replaced. The LAKOS PPS can be easily installed in both turbine and submersible pump applications up to 3,180 GPM.

With the PPS, growers can minimize loss of pump performance, control unexpected downtime and reduce downstream filtration burden.

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