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When meat and smallgoods producer the Herd Group wanted to reduce its wastewater levels, it contacted Hydro Innovations for a solution. This article was first published in Food & Drink Business July/August magazine.

The Herd Group is an Australian owned company supplying high quality lamb, mutton and beef as well as a number of further processed foods and smallgoods to both local and overseas markets. Founded in 1951 and based in Geelong, Victoria, the company employs more than 380 staff.

When its engineering manager Trevor Egan sent Hydro Innovations regional manager Graeme Spence pictures of the company’s existing wastewater pumps, he pointed out they were Gorman-Rupp and that some had been in use for around 30 years. While they didn’t look that great, they pumped “as good as Arnold Schwarzenegger”, Egan said.

Spence recognised the pumps from Gorman-Rupp’s “Classic T” range of self-priming wastewater pumps, which have been superseded by its “Super T” line-up.

Spence says the ranges are identical in dimensions and hydraulics, but the Super T range has enhanced servicing and safety features.

“Internal clearances can be adjusted in minutes without having to disconnect the pump from piping or without even opening the pump. This means that pumps can maintain peak efficiencies for the life of the installation, delivering asset owners with energy savings,” he says.

Gorman-Rupp pumps are heavily used in the food process industry, particularly by companies that don’t compromise on safety and reliability, Spence says. “They are surface mounted so operators can access them easily for monitoring and maintenance, and because they are cast, machined, assembled and tested in the USA, reliability, performance and parts support are guaranteed.”

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