Engineered for High Head Conditions

Franklin Electric’s FPS IGPH grinder pumps deliver 414,000 cuts per minute.
Engineered for High Head Conditions
Erasmo Barron, applications engineer with Franklin Electric, demonstrates the grinding action of the company’s FPS IGPH high-head grinder pump for a group of attendees at the 2016 WWETT Show. The pumps use a cutter system with tight clearances for grinding clogs and stringy solids at 414,000 cuts per minute. (Photo by Craig Mandli)

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It’s one thing to talk about a new product or hand out brochures, but the opportunity to see a product in action can often help make the sale. That was Franklin Electric’s thought as company personnel not only handed out information on the FPS IGPH Series of high-head grinder pumps, but demonstrated its powerful grinder on the 2016 Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show floor.

The FPS IGPH Series of pumps are engineered for demanding high-head conditions found in many low-pressure sewage transfer applications. Available in automatic or manual versions, the FPS IGPH Series of high-head grinder pumps use a state-of-the-art cutter system with tight clearances for grinding clogs and stringy solids at 414,000 cuts per minute. According to Amy Rainer, a product manager for Franklin Electric, the series is a solid fit across several wastewater applications.

“It can be used for either private residential or municipal low-pressure sewer systems,” she says. “With all of the material getting flushed into systems that can potentially clog them, it is important to have a grinder that eliminates the threat.”

The pumps feature two non-clogging impeller stages for efficient pumping of sewage slurries with a shut-off head of 200 feet. With 16 full-load amps at minimum head requirements of 100 feet, the pumps provide power to meet most applications.

“This particular grinder pump is ideal for residential and light-commercial sewage waste transfer where higher head conditions exist,” Rainer says. “It would work perfect for a basement bathroom or a facility where the wastewater needs to be pumped up to reach the sewer or septic system.”

Available in single- or three-phase models, the pumps are powered by a 2 hp, 3,450 rpm motor to handle the demands of grinding domestic sewage. Other design features include corrosion-resistant upper and lower brass impellers that minimize downtime and maintenance and built-in overload protection to prevent over-current/over-temperature damage.

The automatic model has its start/run components encased in an oil-free chamber that requires no control panel, while the manual model uses externally mounted start/run components. It has dual-stage hydraulics, a carbon/ceramic mechanical seal, a deflection-resistant short motor shaft, corrosion-resistant upper and lower brass impellers that help minimize downtime, tight cutting clearances for fast and efficient grinding, and an epoxy-coated finish for corrosion resistance and durability.

“The reaction from those who’ve used it in the field has been terrific,” Rainer says. “We believe it’s been a very solid addition to our pump lineup.”

Franklin Electric is a longtime exhibitor at the WWETT Show and, according to Rainer, the 2016 show was great for the company. Having the new high-head grinder on display for demonstration certainly helped bring people into the booth.

“Just giving people the chance to see the grinder in action grinding up rags and other things that could potentially be clogged is extremely valuable,” she says. “Once people see how effective the grinder really is, they get excited. And with the clogging and wipes issues that are out there in the market right now, excitement for solving that problem is a good thing.” 260/824-2900;


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