CDE revealed its new AquaCycle A2500 thickener, the latest addition to its top-of-the-line water management and recycling systems. With a capacity of 11,000 gpm, the new A2500 is CDE’s largest and most advanced water management system to date.
An alternative to water extraction from natural sources and the costly process of pumping water to the plant, CDE’s A2500, like the full AquaCycle range, significantly reduces costly water consumption by ensuring up to 90% of process water is recycled for immediate recirculation.
Darren Eastwood, business development director for the Americas at CDE, said, “It is increasingly important for materials processors to invest in an effective water management system that ensures a steady supply of clean water to their plants through cost-effective means. The continued advancement of our pioneering wet processing solutions and leading-edge water management systems is supporting operators working in the natural processing and waste recycling sectors worldwide to overcome the challenges of washing in water-pressured or water scarce areas today.”
Designed for easy use and safe access for efficient maintenance, the A2500 boasts the first lattice bridge structure on any CDE thickener. An integrated monorail also provides unrivaled access to the motorized rake, gearbox and motor.
With a sludge capacity of 138 tph, the A2500 includes an adjustable rake lifting mechanism that features passive torque control. The automatic raise and start sequence is designed to protect rakes from surge pressure from dense sludges. The rake itself has optimally spaced and redesigned blades for improved sludge conditioning.
Powered by the motorized rake arm, the introduction of a new floating scum scraper, which is independent of the rake’s height, allows for the easy removal of unwanted foam, oil and light weight trash. A redesigned volute feedwell optimizes the incoming flow for improved flocculant performance.
Another key feature of the new A2500 is its feed height. Sitting at almost 22 ft. (6,690 mm), it simplifies upstream plant design complexity as it eliminates the need for expensive civils, helping to expedite the commissioning process of entire plant solutions.
The A2500 has a tank diameter of 65.6 ft. and a weight of 97 tons when empty and 1,268 tons when full.