DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE MIXING/ AGITATORS AND PERSITALTIC HOSE PUMPS
At AFX, we customized our top entry mixers to accommodate your process, we have the availability of different technical specifications and can be used for specific purposes across different industries. In the past, large top entry units were more commonplace in the mining industry however this trend is now changing with other industries now also requesting larger and more specialized mixers.
With the larger agitators, the loading requirements increase substantially, and every component is looked at individually, ensuring it is robust enough to handle the applications. At AFX, all design work is further scrutinized using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to ensure that failures do not occur. Many companies tend only to use FEA’s once they have experienced problems or failures. We use FEA’s and our design know-how to avoid problems before they happen.
Components are isolated and designed to handle loads far more than what they would experience during operation. Our software allows us to predict and simulate very accurately what loads will be experience during operation. All our designs are conservative and can tolerate any fluctuation loads and peaks that the plant may experience. Those components also have unique design features, such as:
On our larger agitators, gearboxes are designed to incorporate a dry well and heavy-duty output bearings. In the majority of instances, we also allow for an extended bearing distance. Normally, gearboxes are selected on torque alone, but with agitators, the overhung load is large, and the drive is subjected to high external loads. Our selection, therefore, doesn’t only cater for the transmission of power, but also its ability to withstand external forces.
With tanks being larger, the structures the agitator needs to mount onto becomes more susceptible to inaccuracies and misalignment. With the intention of saving costs, many manufacturers allow their gearboxes to be bolted directly onto faulty beam structures. By mounting a machined gearbox directly onto a fabricated structure, it preloads the housing. This causes additional stress within the housing itself. During operation, this misalignment, combined with any twisting of the beams, will cause premature casing failure. AFX-designed gearbox bases have machine mounting surfaces that don’t need shimming and won’t preload the gearbox casing. Bases are designed to withstand much greater loads than what the agitator is subjected to. This enables the base to increase the rigidity of the structure.
Large Top entry agitator with pedestal with gearbox and motor with P4 impellers.