Jonathan Barker, commercial director at pumping equipment specialist Pump Technology reveals the steps that specifiers can take if gravity drainage is not available at a foodservice outlet:
In busy commercial kitchens, tea rooms or even office kitchens it is obviously necessary to remove wastewater, but what do you do if gravity drainage is not available?
The answer is a simple, reliable, self-contained pumping system.
Pumping wastewater from a sink and or a dishwasher might initially seem a simple problem to solve. However, when you start considering the long list of questions which a public health consultant, drainage engineer or pump expert might ask to enable them to select the correct pump it is clear that some serious thought is required to get things right first time.
Typically, you may be asked about things such as the application classification. Is it domestic, light commercial or commercial?
What is the available space for the pumping system? Usually there is very little space available and a compact yet flexible system is essential.
What type of wastewater will be going down the sink? Might it contain particles of food solids? What temperature will the water be? This is particularly important if there are glasswashers or combi ovens.
Then there are questions about single or duty standby configuration, venting, high level alarms, BMS or feed water shut off solenoids – an endless list.
There are numerous pumps and pumping systems to choose from each with a different price point, domestic or commercial. Specifying the best choice to meet all of the previous requirements is crucial and requires specialist knowledge and experience.
Berkshire-based Pump Technology offers a range of floor-mounted wastewater systems – DrainMaster, DrainMinor, DrainMajor, DrainMajor Duo and DrainKing to meet just about any need and enable the application team to select the optimum pumping system. These systems are manufactured in-house utilising the Jung Pumpen wastewater pump range.
Our company is an authorised supplier for these pumps, dealing directly with the factory in Germany.
A proven history of reliability and robustness ensures that the combination of these German engineered pumps with custom manufactured tank systems meets all busy kitchen requirements.
The pump range incorporates fixed float arms, both lip and mechanical seals, encapsulated cable glands and many more features. This helps to ensure that problems with clogging from waste coffee granules and milk skin are significantly reduced if not totally eliminated.
Sometimes specialist pumps are required, for example most submersible pumps are only suitable for up to 40°C, occasionally 60°C. However, the pumps in the Pump Technology range can handle temperatures up to 90°C, again suitable for combi ovens.
Pumping systems can incorporate high level alarms, microvents, flowsafe cut-off solenoid valves solenoid valves, grease traps and grease dosing systems. Almost everything is held in stock for next day delivery.
In a commercial catering establishment, the cost of downtime caused by a pump failure far outweighs the small cost saving from fitting a second-rate system.