Xylem’s new “smart pump” adjusts to clogging threats

Water technology company Xylem has launched what it is calling the “world’s first wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence”...

Jun 7th, 2016
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MUNICH, Germany - Water technology company Xylem has launched what it is calling the “world’s first wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence”.

Called the Flygt Concertor, derived from the Latin ‘concentare’, meaning 'working together to orchestrate harmony', the system is suitable for use with wastewater pumps in range of 2.2 to 7.3 kilowatts.

The system combines an IE4 motor, N-hydraulics, integrated power electronics and “intelligent controls”.

Tested at Heathrow airport in London, Sweden and Norway, Xylem claimed the Concerto has produced energy savings of up to 70% and that clog-free pumping operation and clean wet wells save up to 80% on vacuum cleaning costs.

The reduction in clogging is achieved through a patented Adaptive N-Pump impeller – introduced in 2009 - and integrated pump-cleaning function, which the company said minimises vacuum cleaning costs.

This enables the impeller to move upwards to allow larger objects and debris to pass through.

Speak to WWi magazine at the IFAT exhibition in Munich, where the Concertor was launched, Tomas Brannemo, president of Xylem Europe, said: “We are integrating IT and technology into wastewater pumps – it’s the first time in the industry…the anti-clogging system is built into the pump – the impeller moves up and down adapt to potential blockages. ”

Xylem also believe the Concerto’s design enables compact control cabinets since traditional components, such as motor protection, variable frequency drives (VFDs) and climate control equipment are no longer fitted in the cabinet.

Ian Jolly, Heathrow Airport Water Services Department, said: “The compact design allowed us to fit it into the existing position within the pump station, without any extra investment.”

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