February 10, 2020
Waste Water Treatment Works, Wash Water Booster Set
One of the more interesting installations we completed at the end of January was the installation of this rather large Twin Booster Pump set at one of our Scottish Water sites.
Both pumps are 30KW and fitted with variable speed drives which ensure the flow rate is regulated to suit the demand which will save a fair bit of water, and a lot of electricity through reduced running costs, over the systems lifetime.
The pump set came on a prefabricated skid with all controls and electrics and we also supplied the 10,000 litre storage tank which is sitting behind our man. The whole job was delivered to site and installed and commissioned in only two days. The plant was kept running on a twenty four hour duty, before the new pump booster set was seamlessly brought into operation.
February 03, 2020
Special Duct Pump System
Above us a rather neat system we installed this week which is the fourth one for a medical research campus we have been working with. The cable duct where you see the pipes going down into, house high voltage 11,000 Volt cables that were forever filling with ground water.
Water and high voltage cables are not a good combination and short of spending hundreds of thousand of pounds on remedial work on the foundations, the solution was to keep the cable ducts dry.
By installing submersible pumps that can run on "snore" and get the water level down to two millimeters, and by installing the crafty blue box next to the control panel , which allows us to operate the pumps on this very shallow application, the cable ducts are now kept dry , and by implication, they are very much safer.
A clever and economic solution to a difficult problem !
January 30, 2020
Continued Support of Grassroots Youth Football
Ferrier Pumps have always tried to give a bit back to the community and one of the ways we do it is to sponsor two football teams. Below is the “Young Pumas” looking ready to get wired into another game.
The above photo’s is of the “Young Pumas'” football team which we sponsor.
Young Puma’s are based in Cumbernauld and play in the “Central Scotland Football Association” development league.
The team consists of 16 hard-working kids and dedicated coaches. They are doing well in the league at this time.
Thanks to the sponsorship of Ferrier Pumps the team have been able to purchase new strips.
Hopefully they can climb the league as the season progresses and you never know, there might be a few who manage to make it to a higher level.
Well done to all concerned who give their time so selflessly to young people like this, to help kids like these and the wider community.
Our other team is “ Kilmarnock Portland 2012.”
Once again, our friends Wilo Pumps helped us to sponsor the strips and other equipment so that when our boys and girls walk out onto the pitch, they are so well kitted out that nobody can say they look second best to anyone.
One of our site managers, James, spends a lot of his time organising this team which have girls as well as boys playing , and nobody gets turned away.
We hear that again, they are performing well in their league and that they are beginning to be the team to watch out for.
If you have a very strong magnifying glass, you can just make out the Ferrier Pumps name above the Wilo logo on the strips.
I get the impression that these kids are more interested in football than promoting our business to a world wide audience.
Not to worry !, as long as you are scoring goals.
January 28, 2020
Burnington Street 1963
Above is a photograph from about 1963 which shows Burlington Street, Leith , where our office now stands. The police box is still there, but the pub opposite, which was called "The Spotted Dog " is long gone.
We were digging in our flowerbeds the other day and came across this old bottle which harks back to when ginger beer was made in the site where our Leith office now stands.
Note the Hillman Imp parked in the street.
Made in Scotland, it had the engine in the boot at the back and the boot at the front, under the hood.
Not a bad car if you could get it to start !
The first week in January saw us build and install a new high pressure glycerine pump set which is used to inflate a specialist sealing system for the MOD.
This replaces the old gearbox driven set which was installed sometime in the 1960’s.
We refurbished the old pump set in 1984 and it has been in constant use ever since.
However, all things must pass and it is now time for this little, stainless steel, micro pump with variable speed drive to take over.
We would like to think that this set too will last about sixty years !
January 8, 2020
Glycerine, Hydraulic Seal Control, Pump Set, for the MOD
January 6, 2020
New sewage Screen Wash Pump. A Genuine Emergency
This was an interesting little job which we carried out in the week between Christmas & the New Year.
This was at a Scottish Water pumping station that relied on these two old horizontal split case pumps installed sometime in the 1960’s, which are used on sewage screen wash duties. Our competitors prepared a quotation that offered for the price of £12,500.00 per pump, to splash a tin of Belzona inside and out of the broken down pump before they pressed it back into service.
Rather than go down that route, we offered to supply a new, 30KW vertical multistage pump from stock, make some pipe adaptors and put the new pump in with a variable speed drive system. This will save a so much money in reduced electricity running costs that the entire new system will pay for itself within two years.
Our price for providing the new pump, the variable speed drive and the pipework modifications was considerably less than £12,500.00.
From start to finish, the entire operation took three days as opposed to the three weeks which was quoted for brushing a tin of Belzona onto the old pump parts.
We are looking forward to receiving the order to replace the other obsolete pump any time soon.
December 12, 2019
Below is the FICA certificate awarded to our now, ex-apprentice, Josh Cross. He is one of the best engineers we have in our Edinburgh team. Congratulations Josh, we expected nothing less from you.