A new system that allows operators of umbilical slurry systems to stop the flow of manure in the pipe and protect the pump at the same time has been developed by SlurryKat in Northern Ireland.
In some spreading systems if the operator stops the flow there could be a build up of pressure within the pipe leading to bursts. However, with this new system that problem is eliminated.
There are a number of other advantages provided by the new system which is controlled from the tractor cab via a control box.
SlurryKat managing director Garth Cairns said the new system increases safety when using umbilical spreading systems.
He said: “With this new system operators in the field can stop the flow to the applicator completely for an unlimited time without the risk of bursts in the hose or a failure anywhere in the pipeline.
“The restricted return at the pump means that there is no risk of ‘hydraulic shock’ on the pump impeller or gearbox which can cause fatal damage to the pump if a sudden pressure drop is experienced.
“It’s a totally safe solution as the pump does not change in any way when the pressure relief system is activated.”
The new system is totally self-powered from the hydraulics of the pump’s own oil cooling system which is totally unique and the only such self-powered system on the market.
Once the unit has been set up the pressure system is totally automatic and requires no input from the operator.
The only connection to the tractor is via a 12 volt power supply. There is an easy to read control box placed in the tractor cab that displays live pressure readings from the pump.
If the pressure and parameter settings need adjusting, to suit different types of slurry and also as the slurry characteristics change as the tank or lagoon is emptied with the pump, these can easily be changed at the touch of a button from the control box in the cab.
For more information contact SlurryKat on 028 3882 0862 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.