Case Studies

Case Studies

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 #34 British Antarctic Survey (BAS) – High-Pressure Pump Overhaul
  Back in 2012 Cat Pumps (UK) were proud to be selected by the British Antarctic Survey based in Cambridge to supply high-pressure pumps for an ambitious scientific mission, in which water and sediment samples were to be collected from Lake Ellsworth, some 3km beneath Antarctica. Cat Pumps positive displacement pumps were used to feed high pressure hot water as part of an innovative borehole drilling system, operating under arduous conditions. Fast forward to 2020 and British Antarctic Survey have recently returned to Cat Pumps to request a complete service and overhaul of this impressive system. Read More.
#33 Water Injection for Gas Gathering
  To efficiently gather the gas and/or oil in a well, following primary and secondary activities it is necessary to employ enhanced recovery techniques. The preferred method is to inject water at pressures to stimulate flow. IGas Energy plc has selected Cat Pumps UK Ltd. to provide engineered pump/motor skid packages due to their high reliability and robust qualities. The skid packages are ATEX rated and in some instances suitable for Sour Service (H2S). Read More.
# 32 Water Misting for Emission Control

To efficiently control polluting emissions from incinerator stacks or chimneys and comply with regulations such as The Clean Air act 1993 it is necessary to remove particulates such as ash, dust or grit from the incinerator emissions. A preferred method is to inject water at high pressure to produce a fine water mist that is sprayed into the exiting exhaust  gases. Read More.

 # 31 Pallet Washing for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Effective cleaning of pallets used to transfer material is a regulatory requirement of the FDA for the pharmaceutical (drugs) industry and is covered by GMP (Goods Manufacturing Practice) regulation part 133.4. Plastic pallets are used extensively in the pharmaceutical supply chain from transport of raw materials and packaging components in the production process through to the delivery of finished packaged products to distribution centres. Read more.

# 30 Removal of Pallet Labels using High Pressure Water

The removal of labels from re-usable containers used in the food and other industries can be a time consuming and difficult process. A customer that specialises in the supply of cleaned, re-usable containers, such as totes, crates and pallets, contacted Cat Pumps to tackle a difficult problem they had with the removal of latex labels from plastic crates used for meat and fish products. Read more.

# 29 Hydrostatic Pressure Testing of Shower Components

Hydrostatic (Hydro) Pressure Testing is a process whereby pressure retaining components, such as valves, piping systems, gas cylinders, boilers and pressure washers are tested for strength and leaks. Typically a hydrostatic test rig is used to test components and assess the capability and performance of components for industrial use. The term test rig is sometimes also referred to as test bay, test bench, pressure test facility and testing station, but they all refer to...Read more


# 28 IBC Cleaning

An intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) is a reusable industrial container used for the transport and storage of oil, chemicals, food/beverages, solvents, pharmaceuticals and other liquids. IBC's are made of polypropylene, encased within a mental cage and fixed to a wooden or metal pallet suitable for transportation by forklift, the most popular size is 1000L capacity. IBC's currently account for approx. 15% of the global packaging market; due to the high operational performance and cost efficiency the annual growth rate is around...Read More

# 27 Wash-Saver Keeping A Drill Ship Clean

Cat Pumps (UK) Limited has spent the last 2 years developing their Wash-Saver product for the food and beverage market so were pleasantly surprised to receive an enquiry from one of our existing customers in the Oil and Gas sector.
The company operates globally from its head office in Aberdeen, Scotland, and operates four drill ships for ultra-deep water and three mid water drilling rigs. One of the drill ships had been using a Nilfisk Alto unit to provide high pressure water to.. Read More

# 26 HTU for the Health & Safety Laboratory

The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) is one of the world's leading providers of health and safety solutions to industry, government and professional bodies.
The main focus of HSL’s work is on understanding and reducing health and safety risks. The HSL offer health and safety research, expert advice and consultancy, specialist training and products.
When the HSL wanted a hydrostatic pressure testing unit they came to Cat Pumps for the solution, Alan McDonald of the HSL explains.. Read more

#25 Hatcher Humidity Control

The food production and processing chain provides numerous opportunities for Cat Pumps to demonstrate the benefits that triplex positive displacement plunger pumps provide in terms of high pressures at low flows, mist creation, variable speeds, variable flows and reliability. In the poultry production business our pumps have a role to play even before the chicks have hatched.
The commercial hatching of chicks is a huge international industry that involves incubation equipment, ventilation heat recovery and energy management systems. Read more

#24 Coal-Bed Methane Extraction

Britain’s almost-forgotten coal seams are getting a wake-up call as engineers develop methods to realise the potential of coal-bed methane (CBM), the naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas that is trapped in the carbon structure of coal. At Doe Green near Warrington on the north bank of the River Mersey, Nexen Exploration UK Limited is now running a pilot production CBM extraction plant which is providing sufficient high quality gas to generate 0.5 megawatts of electricity (Fig. 1). Such is the quality of the gas and the potential resources available, further commercial exploitation is a distinct possibility. Read more

#23 The Challenge of Pumping Carbon Dioxide

One of the more challenging applications to which we have successfully applied our products is for pumping liquid carbon dioxide (CO2). Being a liquefied gas, it must be transferred at a controlled combination of low temperature and high pressure to minimise vapour formation, whilst its inherent compressibility and low lubricity places special demands on pump design. The applications for CO2 are many and varied, encompassing nuclear power generation, recirculation in commercial refrigeration plant, use as a blowing agent in foam-making processes and the extraction of essential oils from plant materials. Read more

#22 Pumping Processed Fuel Oil

One particularly arduous application where Cat Pumps triplex PD pumps have proved themselves superior to other pumps is in the production of asphalt road surfacing material.  The process requires crushed stone to be heated prior to mixing with fine filler materials and then coating with hot bitumen and the role of the asphalt burner pump is to provide a constant supply of fuel into the burner injection system.  Oil is pumped under pressure through a jet and ignited inside the rotating drum to heat and dry the graded stone. Operating conditions are harsh with the pumps often expected to run continuously for up to 10 hours. Read more

#21 Barley Malting Cleaning

The redevelopment of the Bairds Malt Arbroath in recent months malting has provided us with the opportunity to continue our supply of triplex positive displacement plunger pumps into the maltings market. Bairds Malt operates five malting sites across the UK, stretching from Inverness in the Scottish Highlands to Witham in Essex. The Arbroath maltings opened in1970 specifically to supply the local distilling industry. Today, Bairds’ total annual production capacity is more than 250,000 tonnes. Read More

#20 Pumping at Humbly Grove

Humbly Grove onshore oilfield in Hampshire, England has been producing oil for over 30 years, at a daily production output of between 200 and 400 barrels. Its owners, Star Energy, are now also using the ready-made infrastructure for storing natural gas in some of the former oil reservoirs.The Humbly Grove field contains a number of oil wells which feed into Star Energy’s recovery plant at Lasham and it is here that the extracted oil and water are separated, with the oil being transferred by pipeline for onward transportation by rail for processing at Fawley on the South Coast. After...  Read more

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