As the storm clouds loom over Coastal Town, USA, emergency personnel from local and state governments jump into action by monitoring weather forecasts and water levels in their jurisdictions. Flood Control plays an essential role for those communities in coastal and low-lying areas, and pumping facilities must always be on the ready. If a pumping station cannot be brought online when the flood waters begin to rise, devastation can ensue, and entire communities future’s hang in the balance.
Each year, dozens of contracts are let by the Army Corps of Engineers to construct or refurbish pumping stations around the country. Many of these facilities have a single pump set or a series of pumps powered by diesel engines. A common arrangement will consist of a diesel-driven pump coupled with a PTO clutch. Some clutches are mechanical and require engagement by an attendant, while others may be engaged by pneumatic, hydraulic, or electric over hydraulic engagement mechanisms. Often, telemetry systems allow pumping units to be operated and monitored remotely, eliminating the need for human interaction.
Over the years, WPT power has been specified in dozens of these pump station projects. We are able to accommodate all of the engagement requirements mentioned above with the wide range of PTO models we provide. We can offer our Over-the-Shaft models for pneumatic and hydraulic actuation. These units can be engaged using customer-supplied sources of air or hydraulics or by using one of WPT’s 12 or 24-volt DC, self-contained hydraulic power units. If specifications call for a mechanical PTO, a customer supplied electric over hydraulic actuator can be employed to engage and disengage the handle mechanically. These actuators can be used with either our standard piloted units or our exclusive Pilotless™ mechanical PTOs.
WPT makes mechanical PTOs in sizes 6” – 18” and SAE housings from #5 – #0. If you build pump packages for industrial or municipal flood control, contact WPT today for a comprehensive application review. We can provide your company with quality products and unparalleled service at the most competitive prices in the industry. Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or (940) 761-1971.
Written by: John Bardwell, North American Sales Representative