NOV Mono solves sludge transer problem for wastewater plant
Posted to News on 9th May 2013, 16:41

NOV Mono solves sludge transer problem for wastewater plant

NOV Mono has helped solve an ongoing maintenance problem for a major German wastewater treatment plant with the installation of an EZstrip TR Muncher. The Mono Muncher has reduced the number of pipeline blockages occurring at the Kranlage Jagersfreude plant - the largest facility of its kind in the Saarbrcken area - and so helped minimise both downtime and maintenance costs.

NOV Mono solves sludge transer problem for wastewater plant

The customer's previous macerator had been experiencing increasingly frequent blockages - often one each day - due to the 8-12 per cent dried solids and fibre content of the raw sludge it was handling. The process of repeated de-ragging was both time consuming and expensive, so an alternative solution was sought.

NOV Mono's Mono EZstrip TR Muncher was designed specifically to provide efficient maceration of abrasive sludges in this type of application. The Muncher's layback cutter shafts are set at an angle to the incoming sludge flow, making it very effective in capturing and macerating solids held in the flow. For the Kranlage Jagersfreude plant this helped to increase protection for pumps and other equipment further along the process line by minimising wear and so reducing the needs for spares to be held. If a rejection cycle is necessary, the Muncher can drop the object into the built-in trap which is set below the cutter stacks to prevent damage occurring. The waste trap features a large-diameter access port which allows for easy removal of debris, cleaning and flushing.

The complete drive, gearbox and cutter assembly can be removed from the Muncher's casing, without disturbing the pipework Jagersfreude plant Abwassermeister, Ewald Stresser, explains: "This makes any maintenance activities much quicker to complete and it also reduces the downtime and the associated costs. The Mono Muncher handles around 30m3/h of raw sludge and has worked very efficiently since it was installed, but it is reassuring to know that if a blockage does occur we can remove it far more quickly and easily than we could previously."

ETOS cutters in the Mono EZstrip TR Muncher provide effective maceration, as the cutter shafts operate at differential speeds to exert a tearing action on the solids. A cantilever shaft design eliminates the need for bottom bearings and seals which significantly reduces wearing components, while low cutter tip speeds reduce wear. A low power consumption rating further cuts the TR Muncher's operating costs.

Each Muncher is supplied with a programmable logic controller to protect against overload damage, and they can be supplied to comply with the ATEX Directive 94/9/EC. For more details about the EZstrip TR Muncher visit

NOV Mono

Martin Street
M34 5JA

+44 (0)161 214 2381

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