With more than eight decades of customer success stories, John Brooks Company Limited maintains a widespread reputation for the quality of its fluid-control products. One customer that received the perfect solution from John Brooks Company was a turkey slaughterhouse that needed a better pump for its blood pit. A Vaughan chopper pump was selected to reduce clogging, boost up-time, and lower service and maintenance expenses.
With a vertical configuration
The poultry company was using an air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pump to empty the blood pit in the slaughterhouse, but this pump would clog with feathers multiple times during every shift, and it struggled to prime on the blood. Although the AODD pump was built to work with some solids, the long feathers were too much for it, and the current setup included a suction lift, which can encounter difficulties when handling blood.
A better solution was needed, so the slaughterhouse contacted John Brooks Company.
Chris Chapman, an application expert with the company, was tasked with finding a new pump that could be installed into the pit and also handle the challenges of the priming and solids with turkey blood. He decided on a Vaughan chopper pump, mounted in the vertical configuration in the centre of the pit.
This chopper pump is a centrifugal unit that can chop all incoming solids before pumping, which eliminates clogging while providing benefits to downstream components, processes, and the environment. The impeller vanes have leading edges with a scissor action that cuts against the opposing edges of the cutter bar.
When the Vaughan pump was installed in the slaughterhouse pit, the volute, impeller, and chopping components were submerged in the fluid. During production, the feathers were chopped into bits small enough to pass through the 2½<-inch discharge pipe to a holding tank, with no priming or suction lines required.
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