Wanner International and Pumps & Equipment are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their partnership in bringing pumping systems to the machine tool industry
The two companies began working together in the early 1990s to provide high-pressure coolant systems in a range of industries, from automotive, aerospace, defence, pharmaceuticals, and medical technology.
Pumps and Equipment is currently servicing more than 100 Wanner Hydra-Cell pumps per year, covering a range of tool applications from milling and drilling through to grinding. Some of these were installed over 20 years ago and are still running efficiently.
With no dynamic seals, the pumps require little maintenance, reliably handling corrosive, abrasive and non-lubricating liquids and fine solids up to 500 µm and deliver up to 90% energy efficiency with oil and water-based coolants. They can also run dry indefinitely and have much lower total life cycle costs compared to other solutions.
Wanner’s Hydra-Cell range are used in a range of machine tool operations, largely due to their energy efficiency, reliability and long service life.
Hydra-Cell’s seal-less design allows the pump to handle liquids with suspended solids from 0.1 microns up to 500 microns, reliably and consistently over many years. And it is precisely the fine sub-10-micron particles that get past filtration that causes huge maintenance problems for screw, gear and plunger pumps, and can cause a breakdown. The pump also has a wide choice of valve materials, such as ceramic and tungsten carbide, enabling the processing of materials ranked 10 on the Mohs’ hardness scale.
Paul Davis, managing director of Wanner International, commented, “When we first worked with Pumps & Equipment, we put our heads together and developed state-of-the-art solutions for efficient and reliable high pressure coolant systems.
“It has been a pleasure over the past three decades to see the P&E team of engineers stretch our Hydra-Cells into ever more challenging environments and applications. Here’s to another 30 years of partnership and a team that works to each other’s strengths. “
Dave Alexander, Pumps & Equipment’s technical director, added, “There is only one word to describe the Hydra-Cell: phenomenal. It is truly a fantastic pump that can handle anything you throw at it.
“And when you combine that with our expertise in providing turnkey solutions, especially in high pressure coolant, our team of experienced electrical, mechanical and pump engineers are providing ideal solutions across the pumping spectrum, whether that’s any machine retrofits or large design, build, and installation projects.
“I like working with the Wanner team. Their customer service and technical support team are second to none supporting us with key projects for our world-class and major OEM and end user customers.”