A J Bush NSW Upgrades For Safer Operating Efficiencies And Reduced Odours

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AJ Bush & Sons

A J Bush upgrades for safer improved operating efficiencies and reduced odours

  • AJ Bush & Sons
  • NSW
  • 2021
  • Rendering and Manufacturing Plant
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • EchoStorm And Super T
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Project Background

AJ Bush & Sons (Manufactures) are one of Australia’s largest east coast protein recovery provider operating rendering and manufacturing plants in NSW and QLD. The plants specialise in processing animal by-products for the meat/butchery industry. The NSW (Riverstone) plant’s collection area, in addition to Sydney Metro, ranges from Nowra in the south to Canberra, Dubbo and Bathurst inland and up to Newcastle and Tamworth in the north. The material collected is recycled into products used for livestock, pet food, aquaculture, fertiliser and biofuels.

‘Plant Engineer, Mr Nick Lawrance contacted Hydro Innovations for advice and assistance in replacing aging surface (floating) aerators on their wastewater treatment system’.

The Problem

AJ Bush’s Riverstone plant has undergone numerous upgrades over the years, aligning with company goals of minimising waste, reducing the risk of pollution (odour), and continuous improvement in providing a safe work environment for employees. As part of this program, Plant Engineer, Mr Nick Lawrance contacted Hydro Innovations for advice and assistance in replacing aging surface (floating) aerators on their wastewater treatment system. Nick wanted an aeration system that could be monitored and maintained from the lagoon banks and provide a safe environment that operators could attend to maintenance and keep the aeration system at peak operational efficiency.

The Solution

Hydro Innovations proposed an Echo-Storm aeration system as an alternative to traditional surface-floating aerators which have always been considered difficult and potentially hazardous to service or maintain. These surface aerators are usually connected to lagoon bank by cables and generally require operators to “paddle out” in a small boat to carry-out any work.

It was emphasised that by using the Echo-Storm aerators, asset owners can minimise WHS risks and reduce maintenance and operating costs when compared with surface (floating) aerators.

Echo-Storm aerators can produce the desired level of mixing and dissolved oxygen with all the equipment located on the banks of lagoons/ponds, not in or on them.

The rendering plant had been operating 5 floating units and when one of these failed it was decided to install an Echo-Storm aeration system to trial the effectiveness and operation of the system.

The Results

After just a month of operation, significant results had been achieved especially in the reduction of surface scum, maintaining required dissolved oxygen levels, improved operating efficiencies and contributing to lower odour levels.

The other obvious benefit of the newly installed “bank mounted” Echo-Storm aeration system is the ability to quickly, safely and easily inspect the system or make any adjustments to the operation of the equipment if required, ensuring a completely safe working environment for operators.

Nick is pleased with the results and is considering replacing the balance of the old system to bank-mounted aerators.

The EchoStorm & Pump

The Gorman-Rupp Super T Series self priming centrifugal wastewater/sewage pump has been the world benchmark for this technology since 1963 (over 50 years!). They have been designed for economical, trouble-free operation, with superior solids handling capability and a large inspection cover to access pump internals for service or blockage removal.

An Echo-Storm is a device used to mix and aerate tanks, ponds and lagoons; it uses Bernoulli’s principal, whereby a low pressure area is created by an accelerated fluid.

The Echo-Storm aerator is used in conjunction with a self-priming pump. The pump draws water from the source and pumps it into the Aerator.
With-in the Echo-Storm aerator, there is an “acceleration zone” where the pumped fluid is accelerated, creating a low pressure area with-in the “aspirating zone”. Here it draws in atmospheric air at the rate of 2.2 times the rate of the fluid being pumped.

The air and water then passes into the “mixing and oxidation zone” where the waste water and air are mixed under pressure.
The turbulent mixing facilitates the removal of substances with weak Henry’s constants such as CO2 and VOCs.

It also oxidises sulphur containing molecules such as hydrogen sulphide and mercaptans for effective odour and corrosion control, as well as reducing the size of organic molecules.

The fluid, saturated with dissolved oxygen is then pumped back into the source.
Because of the nature of the system (using a self-priming pump), mixing and destratification is controlled by the positioning of the suction and discharge of the pump. Water can therefore be drawn from anywhere and at any depth of the tank or lagoon, and can be discharged anywhere at any depth.

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The EchoStorm water aerator from Gorman-Rupp offers the benefits of safety, reliability and ease of access to water aeration applications.

Because these units are mounted on the bank [instead of floating on the water or being submerged in it], access is much less complicated and safer, while delivering oxygen transfer outcomes.

The EchoStorm water aerator benefits::

  • No cranes or row boats for maintenance
  • Easily accessed
  • Less downtime
  • Reliable and easy to maintain
  • Easily scalable and low cost of ownership
  • Thorough mixing – no dead spots
  • High SOTR (Standard Oxygen Transfer rate)
  • Oxygenated water

These aeration units are used in conjunction with Gorman Rupp self-priming centrifugal pumps to deliver solutions for the following applications:

  • Lagoon and basin water aerator
  • Oxidation ditch aeration
  • Lake destratification and algae control
  • Odour control
  • Sludge digestion
  • Septage treatment

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The Gorman-Rupp Super T Series self-priming centrifugal wastewater/sewage pump has been the world benchmark for this technology since 1963 (>50 years). They have been designed for economical, trouble-free operation, with superior solids handling capability and a large inspection cover to access pump internals for service or blockage removal. Super T Series pumps now have several variants that either improve solids handling or efficiency.

Advantages include:

  • Self-Priming pump has the ability to mount high and dry above the wet well (not in it)
  • Up to 7.6 metre suction lift
  • Handle spherical solids to 76mm in diameter
  • Low cost of ownership
  • Greatly reduced OH&S issues – no more working over water/heights/cranes/heavy swinging weights
  • Surface-mounted pumps with easy access for monitoring or service
  • Advanced safety features including pressure relief valve to protect operators
  • Improved maintenance features to greatly reduce maintenance time and costs, with removable rotating assembly
  • A variety of materials of construction to handle abrasive and/or corrosive fluids
  • “Eradicator” technology for handling rags, wet wipes, rope etc
  • “Eradicator Plus” technology for extreme-duty stringy materials applications

Super T Series With Eradicator
Super T Series with Eradicator Plus

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The Gorman-Rupp Super T Series pump with Eradicator™ Solids Management System are a series of self-priming centrifugal pumps designed specifically for handling municipal and industrial wastewater containing stringy, difficult-to-pump, solids in suspension (such as wet wipes, rags and feathers).

They have been designed for economical, trouble-free operation, with design features that deliver superior solids handling capability and a large inspection cover to access pump internals for service or blockage removal. Gorman-Rupp Super T Series wastewater and sewage pumps have been used for pumping of WAS and RAS and for digester recirculation with great success in wastewater treatment plants around the country, as well as food process plants, paper mills and other heavy industries. The Eradicator™ system advances the solids handling capabilities of this range.

Advantages include:

  • Ability to mount high and dry above the wet well [not in it]
  • Self-priming to 7.6 metres
  • Low cost of ownership
  • Greatly reduced OH&S issues
  • No cranes or hoists for access
  • Easy access for monitoring or service
  • Advanced safety features to protect operators [such as the lightweight inspection cover-plate]
  • Improved maintenance features to greatly reduce maintenance time and costs, with removable rotating assembly
  • A variety of materials of construction to handle abrasive and/or corrosive fluid.
  • Sizes 2” to 10”, with flows to 200 L/s and heads to 40 metres.

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Hydro Innovations is proud to distribute a broad range of quality, reliable and industry-leading industrial pumps and aerators.

We are also delighted to share that Hydro Innovations is proud to be the exclusive distributor of Gorman-Rupp Pumps.

Gorman-Rupp is the world leader in self-priming centrifugal wastewater pump technology, and invests heavily in R&D, and in training for their international representatives – like Hydro Innovations.

This puts us in an excellent position to make the very best recommendations for our Australian customers.

Our other suppliers, Ragazzini of Italy and EDUR of Germany, are also world leaders in their respective technologies (Peristaltic Pumps – Ragazzini, and Specialist centrifugal pumps – EDUR).

We carry a very large inventory of pumps and spare parts for all of these brands, to help us to deliver industry-leading service.