Case Studies

Recycling Company Replaces Problematic Pump With SlurryPro

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Start Date: May 2017

Atlantic Pumps Representative: Nathan Rowles

Client: Shanks Waste Management Ltd.

Address: South Kirby Business Park, Brigantian Way, South Kirkby, Pontefract, WF9 3TH

Phone Number: 01977 624 660


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Shanks Waste Management Ltd. is an internationally renowned recycling company with various locations around the globe, exclusively focused on a “waste to product” program – i.e. extracting the maximum value from waste rather than disposing of it in the most efficient manner.

Shanks’ Pontefract site has recently been upgraded to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, create extra employment and ultimately recycle at least 52% of the waste produced in the district. It was this site that contacted Atlantic Pumps in April 2017 regarding their rotary lobe pumps, which were being used to pump slurry. The issues they were having and wanted to solve were a short product life on the wearing parts and they were also struggling to find parts available on a short lead time.

While the positive displacement rotary lobe pumps they were using are excellent for pumping clean, viscous products, especially at higher pressures and low flows, the fact that these pumps depend on very close clearances between the moving parts of the pump meant that with the particle laden slurry they wore out very quickly. This lead to extended and repeated downtime and dramatic losses of efficiency (i.e. pump output).


With a promptness characteristic of Atlantic Pumps, Sales Coordinator Nathan Rowles visited the site the same day and specified a SlurryPro heavy duty 6x4 centrifugal pump with Atlantic Pumps innovative new sliding base to facilitate maintenance. This pump is not only built to pump extremely abrasive slurries but can also take a lot of wear and still maintain its designed duty point.

Thanks to Atlantic Pumps large stock of SlurryPro pumps and spare parts, the pump was in stock with a two week build lead time (this can be reduced for emergencies). When new wear parts are required, they can be sourced from Atlantic’s extensive stock of pumps and spares in Sheffield, all available for next day delivery.

The SlurryPro pump was installed and has been operational since 31st May 2017 with no issues to date, relieving the site of what had been a problematic item of equipment.

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