The Many Eurekas That Led to the Pump Industry of Today


Remember that crazy old dude from ancient Greece that jumped out of his bathtub and ran around naked yelling “eureka!” ? Maybe you’ve heard about him saying crazy stuff like moving the world with a big stick, or read an article about his weapons like the flamethrower and his death-ray. OK, death-rays in ancient Greece? That’s just too much. Well, the name of that crazy ancient Greek dude was Archimedes and considering all his contributions to maths, physics, astronomy, and engineering, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that he did actually invent a death-ray.

But, despite his eccentric character, Archimedes was actually a genius. He set the foundation of hydraulics and hydrostatics and a lot of today’s technology is based on those principles. In fact, one of his famous inventions – the Archimedean screw pump, is still used today for displacing large amounts of water. His pump consists of a screw-like structure which is housed inside a cylindrical pipe and using either a windmill or just plain old manual labor to keep the screw rotating, the bottom end which is submerged in water, scoops the water up and it comes out the other end. Although this sounds fairly simple, it had a huge impact on the pump industry and it paved the way for future innovations. And this concludes today’s short history lesson.

Anyway, by combining the simple mechanics of Archimedes and modern technology, we now have a wide range of various types of water pumps, each designed for a specific purpose such as bore pumps, sewage pumps, pressure pumps, pond pumps, drainage pump stations, fire fighting pumps, and so on.

A fine example for the benefits of pumps and how they can be really useful in our everyday life are drainage pump stations. The various ways in which you can combine these versatile units makes them suitable for nearly all applications. These units can be preassembled and tested, requiring only a minor commission and delivered directly to a desired site. These systems are available with submersive pumps, control systems, guide rail systems, floats, and heavy duty pits. The pits are made from polyethylene which is an extremely resilient light-weight material with high chemical resistance and can be easily fitted with plumbing connections. It comes in various sizes ranging from 250 to 2000 liters. This type of setup has a wide range of applications such as sewerage, stormwater, dewatering, wastewater, and industrial waste.

This is just one example of the many pump systems available on the market. Of course, correct pump selection along with correct installation is crucial to make sure your pump works with maximum efficiency and lasts for many years to come.

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