April 26, 2024

Case Study: SUPER SHREDDER® Disintegrators Eliminate Downtime

Jane Cooper

Super Shredder Trenton NJ

The Trenton Sewer Utility handles wastewater and sewage generated for the city of Trenton, New Jersey. The utility typically processes 12 mgd, which can quickly rise to 27 mgd during storm events. For the past ten years, the facility has relied upon the powerful grinding capabilities of several strategically placed SUPER SHREDDER Disintegrators to ensure that operations run smoothly.

“We have a combined system, which is essentially more complicated,” explains Plant Superintendent, Leigh Jones. “We’re dealing with sewage from homes, businesses, and industries as well as enormous amounts of rocks, trash, grass, wood and other debris that wash in from the streets.”

A network of lift stations and gravity collection systems carries effluent into the central pumping station at the plant site where the material is distributed through the treatment processes. Concentrated sewage that has settled out as sludge is collected and sent downstream from the pumps, pulled through a SUPER SHREDDER and ground up. This step prevents the pumps from clogging. The sludge is sent to the primary digester and then transferred to a heat exchanger, where hot water tubes treat the sludge. Before entering the heat exchanger, the sludge passes through another SUPER SHREDDER, effectively preventing residual debris from clogging the tubes.

The utility has four SUPER SHREDDER Disintegrators, but only two are in service at any given time. “Most plants have tandem shredding systems so if one unit goes out of service, you can switch to the other one,” explains Jones. “Our spacing doesn’t allow for this configuration. The shredders were an add-on to the original design and there is no room to build in redundancy. The space saving SUPER SHREDDER meets our needs because we can use one shredder at a time. The unit in service can be easily pulled out for repairs and a spare slipped in. Fortunately, we don’t need to use the rebuild services very often, but when we do we’ve been very pleased.”

“The units have saved us a lot of maintenance and downtime,” Jones concludes. “They’re well worth the investment.”

The SUPER SHREDDER in-line disintegrator easily reduces tough solids directly in sludge or raw sewage lines. The unit combines unsurpassed grinding capabilities with streamlined, easy to maintain features. Its innovative design provides a high level of open area to fluid flow making the SUPER SHREDDER ideal for applications requiring a heavy duty size reduction processor that can handle high flows with minimal headloss.

The unit features a patented “spherical shredding” mechanism that cuts and shears tough sewage solids into fine bits. The hard faced stainless steel cutters offer unsurpassed wear resistance. Because of the spherical rotor design, the SUPER SHREDDER has far fewer moving parts and requires much less maintenance than units with banks of cutter disks. With two easily replaceable one-piece cutters, maintenance is convenient and down time is minimal. Included with the SUPER SHREDDER is a S-250 Auto-Reversing control system that senses jam conditions and automatically reverses.

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