Wire manufacturing involves harsh processing and pickling procedures to remove impurities from the coiled metal. These operations require strong acids, which must be managed carefully. The challenge? Many pumps cannot reliably handle these harsh chemicals – which is what one leading manufacturer discovered first-hand.
As one of the largest wire manufacturers in North America, the company was using about 80 pumps in its extensive operations. All these pumps featured a mechanical seal design. Because mechanical seals are prone to leaks, especially when exposed to such harsh substances and processes, the company suffered costly maintenance issues. Due to the magnitude of pumps and frequent seal failures, it was not uncommon for multiple maintenance personnel to be devoted to pulling, repairing and/or replacing pumps throughout the company’s operations on a daily basis.
They knew this labor-intensive cycle needed to end. So, when their pump distributor heard of their struggle, they pointed them to Finish Thompson and their sealless mag-drive pumps.
It was the direction they needed, and it has transformed their operations.
Discover how Finish Thompson significantly reduced their maintenance costs and increased production, becoming the company’s go-to source for durable, reliable pumps.
An industry-leading wire manufacturer relied on about 80 mechanically sealed pumps to manage harsh chemicals throughout their operations.
That’s about 80 seals that would inevitably fail.
Exposure to the harsh acids and the suspended solid fines involved in wire manufacturing was causing continuous leaks in these seals and led to frequent pump repairs and replacements. The high-level maintenance this required was eating into profits and making operations less reliable. It took a dedicated crew to simply keep up with the maintenance of these frequently failing pumps.
It was time for a change.
The manufacturer decided to explore new options and was pointed to Finish Thompson as a potential solution. What they discovered was transformational.
“Switching to Finish Thompson reduced our pump maintenance cost drastically and increased our production reliability,” reports the company’s Maintenance Manager.
Troy Hurley, Finish Thompson Northeast Regional Manager, explains, “I hosted a lunch-and-learn for the maintenance crew and supervisor. They had never used mag-drive centrifugal pumps, so we reviewed the advantages of this design, and I highlighted our unique features versus other types and brands. Mag-drive pumps do not have the flaws of the mechanically sealed pumps, and the cost was comparable to their existing pump supplier.”
The company quickly recognized the benefits of Finish Thompson’s pumps and placed an order for two UltraChem® pumps. These pumps offered an additional advantage of ANSI-dimensional design, which made swapping out the pumps a cinch (“plug and play” type installation).
Impressed with the performance and reliability of the pumps, over the next year and a half, the company switched out about 40 of their old pumps for Finish Thompson pumps. Since the first UltraChem® pumps order, they have also installed Air Operated Double Diaphragm Pumps (AODD), drum pumps, and larger self-priming SP series mag-drive pumps.
“When the Finish Thompson pumps were first installed,” notes Hurley, “the pumps were so quiet, with so little vibration, the wire manufacturer didn’t think they were working! Now, when they need a pump, Finish Thompson is their first choice.”
Hurley adds, “They’ve been very happy with the performance of all our pumps, as well as the service provided. They hadn’t seen the competitor’s pump representative in years, but Finish Thompson has been there numerous times in the last 18 months, working closely with them to make sure all their needs are met. Finish Thompson plans to continue to support the manufacturer by eventually replacing the remaining mechanically sealed pumps to ensure long-term, reliable, low-maintenance pump operations.”
Finish Thompson Inc. designs and manufactures pumps for the safe transfer of a wide variety of corrosive liquids. Products include centrifugal sealless magnetic drive pumps with run-dry capability, mechanically sealed pumps, drum and barrel pumps, vertical mag-drive pumps, multi-stage pumps, and the FTI Air line of air operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps. For durable solutions for your applications, contact Finish Thompson Inc.