Decades of experience and knowledge have combined with closely scrutinised customer feedback to deliver Apex, three new hose pumps from Bredel, part of the Watson-Marlow Pumps Group. Designed to suit all dosing, metering and transfer applications from 2.8 to 1200 litre/hour across a broad range of applications, the new Apex pumps are now, according to the manufacturer, the first choice for processing plants worldwide.
Users of the Apex pumps will benefit from extremely low maintenance requirements, giving extended uptime and therefore process continuity. With a cast aluminium housing providing superior heat dissipation, robust direct-coupled technology, and precision-machined hose elements, Apex provides decreased cost of ownership, reduced operating costs and low inventory stocking.
Among the many benefits of the new pumps is ease of scalability. While Apex offers optimum performance for low flow transfer applications, should process requirements change, easy upgrades are achievable without having to buy a new pump. This is because Apex models are three pumps in one, with a single pump body adjustable for three hose sizes (10, 15 and 20mm) when production volumes rise. Such scalability to higher flows provides future-proofing that cannot be matched by competitor pumps, says the manufacturer.
Offering the best performance available on the market for pressures up to 8 bar, along with reliable and stable flow up 1200 l/h (with 20mm diameter hose), makes Apex an interesting choice for ongoing, precise dosing. This is boosted by a new generation of long-lasting hoses that also supports repeatable accuracy when dosing additives, while continuous pump speeds up to 100 rpm provide a wider capacity range in comparison with alternative hose pumps.
The all-round performance of Apex models means they are suited to applications ranging from lime dosing and slurry transfer, through to handling food and beverage products. Along with a two-year warranty, customers purchase safe in the knowledge that Apex pumps are manufactured by Bredel, the world’s largest manufacturer of hose pumps with more than 100,000 models in operation around the globe.
Unlike other pump types, hose pumps have no expensive wearing components such as seals, valves, membranes, stators, rotors or glands. Subsequently, they are ideally suited for handling ‘difficult’ fluids – abrasive, corrosive, viscous, shear-sensitive, crystallising or even fluids presenting a combination of these properties.