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Amarinth, a manufacturer of centrifugal pumps for the industrial, chemical and petrochemical industries, has invested in new assembly and test facilities to handle current orders and predicted growth.

The new facilities are intended to enable the company to meet anticipated demand over the next few years.

Amarinth has just completed a new building that will house its assembly facilities and provide an additional capacity of 150 per cent over and above its existing facilities.

The building has been configured with numerous workstations in a ‘cell’ manufacturing layout, enabling staff to move pumps of any size through the various assembly phases.

A fully integrated five-tonne crane ensures that large assemblies can be moved anywhere within the building.

Fitters will work in ‘clean-room’ conditions when fitting seals and bearings to reduce the risk of potential contaminants.

A new test facility has also been completed, where assembled pumps are fully tested to the relevant specification.

The new test rig offers multiple connections to the main test tank, which can cope with flows of up to 1,650m3/hr.

The multiple connections allow pumps to be prepared for test or disassembled after tests while another pump is undergoing testing, saving hours of idle test time and increasing throughput.

The rig is fully automated and fitted with electronic valve actuators, enabling the whole rig to be controlled via a single pushbutton master test desk.

All test telemetry is captured electronically using digital test instrumentation and delivered to the testing desk.

In addition, two 5m-deep sumps have been constructed, allowing for the full-length testing of vertical sump pumps up to 7m.

The same process, allowing one pump to be prepared while the other is operating and being tested, has been used for the vertical pits, enabling increased throughput for vertical sump pump testing.

A hydraulic system has also been designed to lower the pumps into position at the push of a button, eradicating the need to use multiple cranes and ensuring that the job can be completed safely by one operator.

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