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TCO calculator demonstrates benefits of hose pumps

Don Horne   

A new TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) calculator offers proof that Bredel hose pumps can save time, money and materials in challenging, abrasive fluid handling applications.

Developed by Bredel, a brand of Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group, the new Bredel TCO calculator supports existing users and new customers in the hose pump specification process – thereby ensuring ‘right pump, right application’. It also offers business-critical insight into the long-term cost benefits of Bredel technology when compared with air operated double diaphragm and progressive cavity (AODD and PC) pump types.

Designed for use on a mobile device, the Bredel TCO calculator is easy to operate. Users simply enter the necessary parameters including the flow rate and pressure; and whether you are using or considering AODD or PC pumps for that duty.

Once the essential information is entered, the user will be given a direct comparison to show which model and size of Bredel pump will deliver optimal pumping and cost savings.

The Bredel team anticipate that users will be surprised at the level of operational savings shown by the TCO calculator in abrasive pumping applications. For example, the energy savings – by comparison with AODD pumps; and the maintenance savings and reduced downtime when compared to PC pumps.

Commenting on the launch of the Bredel TCO calculator, Rolf Sterken, Managing Director at Bredel said:

“Handling abrasive fluids is challenging for most pumps because particles in the fluid can quickly wear the pump components – and the wrong choice of pump can result in downtime, lost production revenue and high maintenance costs,” said Rolf Sterken, managing director at Bredel. “Our new tool removes this issue: it adds a layer of ‘instant support’ in the specification process; and, crucially, it calculates the considerable operational and financial benefits that can be achieved through use of Bredel pumps and precision machined hoses.”

Ultimately, the TCO tool will also offer useful purchase-justification data in situations where an engineer needs to justify a move away from other pump technologies, or an ‘incumbent’ pump supplier.

Established process benefits

Bredel hose pumps offer a host of benefits over other pump types: they have no valves or seals to leak, clog or replace and provide flow rates to 108,000 litres/hour (475 USGPM) and pressures to 16bar (232psi). They are capable of pumping viscous and abrasive slurries, pastes and sludge, with up to 80 per cent solids in suspension. In addition, a simple hose change takes only minutes and can be performed on site.

Sterken concludes that “the TCO calculator will also demonstrate low cost maintenance characteristics of Bredel technology. This adds to the commercial reasons users of AODD and PC pumps are switching to Bredel for abrasive fluid pumping.”

To download the Bredel TCO calculator click here.


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