Watson-Marlow Bredel has supplied Bredel SPX hose pumps to a leading UK brickmaker to replace their existing peristaltic pumps.
Ibstock Brick Ltd has over the course of the past five years replaced its existing peristaltic pumps with alternative Bredel SPX models as the previous units did not meet the quality standards of the company that had recently upgraded to inverter-based control systems.
Located 11km west of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the Throckley plant is one of 19 factories in the UK-wide Ibstock group. Engineering Manager Gavin Van Der Merwe knew his factory’s peristaltic pumps required replacing to remove barriers against productivity and performance.
The Throckley factory needed to install high quality positive displacement pumps with constant flow capabilities, which they found in Watson-Marlow’s Bredel SPX range.
The first challenge for the Bredel SPX50 high pressure hose pumps was to pump mains water into a mixing process where a constant volume and flow had to be maintained. The hose pumps offered a perfect option linked with PLC control and HMI output.
Providing a maximum continuous flow rate of 10,500 litres per hour, Bredel SPX50 hose pumps feature a unique direct-coupled design that provides all the performance, reliability and ease of maintenance benefits of bare-shaft (long-coupled) designs with the compact advantages of close-coupled pumps in sizes ranging from 10mm to 100mm.
Bredel pumps are also being used in other processes at the plant. Smaller Bredel SPX pumps have been installed for pumping water-based paint into the mixture to alter brick colour. Bredel models are also being used to pump abrasive magnesium-based additives and barium carbonate solutions into the clay before it is extruded into the brick shape.
Ibstock Brick operates one Bredel SPX50 and one SPX25 high pressure hose pump, along with four SPX15 mini hose pumps at its Throckley plant, where 42 people help manufacture several million bricks every year. Ibstock has plans to add more SPX50 and SPX15 pumps in the near future.