Push Production Under Pressure: Graco’s Husky 1050e Electric Diaphragm Pump Reduces Costs, Provides ‘On-Demand’ Operation

 
Triangle Process Equipment partner Graco recently introduced the Husky 1050e Electric Diaphragm Pump, a first-of-its-kind pump that offers many of the operational advantages of a traditional air diaphragm pump while providing the cost-savings associated with motor-driven pumps. The new electric pump, which also delivers significant energy savings when compared to air-operated diaphragm pumps, provides food, beverage, brewing and cosmetics manufacturers a way to reduce their operating costs.

“This pump is very unique,” said Triangle Process Equipment’s General Manager Jeff Blease. “The Husky 1050e will fill a need in the marketplace for a simple, reliable, easy-to-use pump that doesn’t require a lot of instrumentation and controls to be efficient and effective.”

Up until now, air-driven diaphragm pumps have been the go-to solution for many processing applications. They are easy to use, and offer operators a measure of risk-free processing flexibility that traditional electric pumps could not. Graco’s Husky 1050e changes that.

Got Pressure? No Problem

Because pneumatic diaphragm pumps slow as the discharge pressure increases, these pumps enable operators to open and close a valve without risking excessive pressure buildup that could damage lines. Traditional electric-drive pumps operating with a closed valve would continue to build pressure until something in the processing line gave way, such as a seal or a gasket, which can result in equipment damage and costly downtime. As an “on-demand” pump, the Husky 1050e will continue to run as the discharge pressure increases, but it won’t build excessive pressure in the discharge line because the Husky 1050e stalls under pressure. This enables operators to open and close valves for more streamlined processing without risking damage to equipment.  In addition, the Husky 1050e is up to five times more energy-efficient than traditional air-operated diaphragm pumps.

“In most cases, lobe pumps are unable to stop quickly enough when operators close a valve, which causes deadheading and pump damage. Manufacturers with the Husky 1050e are realizing the benefits of significantly reduced downtime, maintenance and energy costs,” Blease said.

The patented air-charged drive reduces – and in some cases ­– eliminates pulsation without the need for expensive pulsation dampeners or surge tanks. The pump’s innovative design also reduces noise and promotes a clean work environment. And like the Graco air diaphragm pumps, the Husky 1050e is easy to use and maintain. The pump’s self-priming, seal-less design reduces maintenance needs, while the pump’s ability to stall under pressure reduces the need for additional controls and safety training in order to prevent leaks, or worse, a catastrophic failure. The electric drive also eliminates the need to invest in support equipment, such as compressors and dryers, that is often required to sustain an air-operated diaphragm pump system.

Versatility for Any Application

Graco’s Husky 1050e was engineered with durability and product integrity in mind. The pump not only capably handles demanding applications such as slurries and abrasive fluids, it gently transfers shear-sensitive materials. The Husky 1050e is smaller than other pump types such as progressive cavity pumps and peristaltic pumps, which require larger footprints for similar flow requirements.

Available with aluminum, stainless steel or polypropylene fluid sections, and with options available for hazardous locations and cart-mounted systems, the Husky 1050e provides cost-effective, reliable performance for numerous operational requirements.

To learn more about how the Husky 1050e can reduce energy costs at your operation, please contact Triangle Process Equipment, or view Graco’s Husky 1050e video on Triangle’s YouTube channel.

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