Choosing the Ideal Sump Sucker System

Machine coolant systems need to be cleaned routinely to remove oil, debris and other materials for the coolant before, during and after the operation. Choosing the right option in a sump sucker unit for this type of use adds versatility, practicality, and efficiency to the operation.

A sump clean out system, typically called a sump sucker system, comes in a variety of sizes, options, and configurations. Some are designed to mount on top of a standard 55-gallon drum, which makes them a good option for manual cleaning of the sump liquids when a dedicated system is not required. For small shops and applications, this may be all that is necessary. It is a low-cost system that offers the basics.

Beyond the Basics

For most applications, a sump sucker will be a dedicated unit that will be used with specific machine tool sumps throughout the shop or the facility. With higher suction and the ability to remove all liquids and debris from the sump, they are very effective at maximizing the use of the coolant without the need to continually replace the entire coolant for the equipment.

The system not only picks up all debris, including the larger metal chips in the sump, it also filters the coolant and remove the smaller solids from the fluid. Then, the cleaned fluid is returned to the machine tool sump for continued use. In some applications, there may also be the need to further process the coolant before being placed back. Drainage hoses are used to direct the coolant to the advanced filtration and processing system.

This equipment can also be highly mobile for use in the shop or between locations. Mobility is often a consideration with these systems, building in the option to have one or two sump clean out systems for a large facility rather than having multiple units.

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