CDE launch new Aquacycle thickener
- 14 May 2012
- Product News
CDE has announced the launch of the Aquacycle A1500 thickener following its installation at a site operated by Creagh Concrete in Northern Ireland.
The addition of the A1500 to the Aquacycle range represents the completion of a significant R&D program and will ensure increased opportunities to specify thickeners on the washing plants installed by CDE throughout the world, according to Senior Design Engineer with CDE, Paul O'Neill.
"The A1500 significantly increases our opportunities to win business in the many markets in which we operate" explains Paul. "As we make progress in areas like South Africa and Australia, the A1500 allows for the introduction of a single unit on projects with high processing tonnages. Up until now multiple machines were required to deal with the high processing throughputs that are typical in these areas."
The A1500 has a capacity of between 1000m3/hr and 1500m3/hr determined by the material being processed. "In a typical sand and gravel application the dirty water processing capacity will be approximately 1500m3 per hour" says Paul. "On ore processing applications capacities will be determined on an individual project basis to allow for the effective treatment of sludge containing material with a significantly higher specific gravity."
One of the many product developments on the new Aquacycle A1500 is the redesign of the rake mechanism which is employed to condition the settled sludge within the thickener before it is discharged to the next phase of processing or the settling ponds. "The new four arm rake mechanism ensures maximum settlement of the sludge within the thickener while also ensuring its density is optimised for effective discharge via the integrated slurry pump" explains Paul O'Neill. Following the introduction of the new rake mechanism on the A1500 the design will now be introduced across the full Aquacycle range.
In recent years CDE has reported a substantial increase in the specification of Aquacycle thickeners on their global washing plant installations. "Over 80% of all our projects now include some form of water treatment across all feed materials and geographies" explains CDE Sales Director, Enda Ivanoff. "The launch of the A1500 will allow us to realise further sales opportunities in the coming months."
The rise in popularity of the Aquacycle thickener is a result of an increased requirement for operators to consider how to manage the waste water from their washing plant. According to CDE this is due to a desire to save space on site by reducing the space required for settling ponds, coupled with a growing realisation of the costs of maintaining these ponds.
The Aquacycle A1500 has a tank diameter of 15 metres and is constructed with the elevated cone design present across the range. The full Aquacycle range covers capacities from 100m3/hr up to 1500m3/hr across five models, full details of which are available at www.cdeglobal.com.