Foundry Improves Plant Efficiency with Lakos Separators
Following a side stream trial period which proved that Lakos Separators could, indeed, remove unwanted grit and other solids from their recirculating cooling water, the Sandusky Foundry and Machine Company of Sandusky, Ohio, installed a simple, low cost, full stream solids removal system around two Lakos Industrial Separators, thereby protecting the entire system. Most notably, the once-daily cleaning of their nine strainers, located on each of their furnaces and cooling tower, has now been dramatically reduced to a simple bi-monthly inspection only.
Installed on the discharge side of their hot well sump pumps, the separators remove unwanted solids (consisting primarily of grit from roof drains and scale from the plant’s equipment and piping) just before the water entering the cooling tower.
Solids collected in the Lakos Separators’ lower chamber are bled via a continuously controlled flow purge into 55-gallon steel drums, quietly settling in the drums for eventual disposal and allowing the purged water to overflow back in the hot well. This technique eliminates the make-up water requirement that would have been required if the separators were purged to the sewer.
With the troublesome solids now continuously removed from their plant water, Sandusky Foundry and Machine Company has eliminated routine strainer cleaning and (see photos and captions) finds that the simple, trouble-free operation of Lakos Separators requires a minimum of valuable floor space and provides an efficient means of solids removal. Complete details on this and other plant efficiency systems are available on request.
Others who have used Lakos Separators for similar applications:
COMMONWEALTH STEEL; Newcastle, New South Wales
WEIL MC LAIN; Michigan City, IN
BHAS; Port Pirie, Southern Australia
OCCIDENTAL CHEMICAL; White Springs, FL
CENTRAL FOUNDRY; Danville, FL
RELIANCE ELECTRIC; Columbus, IN
TYLER PIPE; Tyler, TX
UNIROYAL, INC.; Opelika, AL