April 26, 2024

Case Study: TASKMASTER® TITAN® to the Rescue in Picturesque, Cobleskill, New York

Jane Cooper

Taskmaster Titan In Channel

The wastewater treatment plant in picturesque Cobleskill, New York, was unable to process the wastewater generated by the town’s 4,678 year- round residents. The buildup of plastics, rags, trash wrappings and other debris was regularly clogging the system, necessitating frequent cleanings.

Cobleskill, New York, settled in 1752, draws tens of thousands of visitors to the Schoharie County Sunshine Fair, held yearly since 1876. Visitors also enjoy fishing and boating on the nearby creeks and reservoirs. But with the influx of all these visitors, more waste is generated.

The town’s wastewater plant, an activated sludge system with extended aeration, was originally designed to treat an average flow of 1.85mgd. Septage and incoming wastewater flow through a bar screen and the oversized solids are sent to two channel grinders where they are reduced to a fine particulate. The solids are allowed to settle in the secondary clarifier, pass to an aerated digester, and are dewatered and sent to a land fill. Treated effluent is discharged into Cobleskill creek. But the plant was overwhelmed and couldn’t handle the buildup that was constantly clogging the system and halting operation.

“After reviewing our options, we decided to replace one of the grinders with a more powerful one “said Plant Operator, Don Borthwick. “Our distributor recommended the Franklin Miller TASKM

ASTER® TITAN® (TM 14000). They liked the design because the unit has a full cut grinder.”

“Our original units did not have this feature and a lot of material got by them. We purchased the TITAN which was easily installed at the head of the plant at the sewer main,” he continued. “As we had hoped, the grinder prevented material from passing downstream to the pumps.”

”Since the installation a few months ago, the pumps have been clog- free and the frequent maintenance problems have stopped. The Titan runs very well and as an added bonus runs quietly,” he concluded.

The TASKMASTER TITAN (TM 14000) is a major innovation in twin shaft channel grinding technology. This unit’s design employs two counter-rotating shafts, but unlike previous twin shaft grinders, one cutter stack intermeshes with a second one, which has a much larger diameter. The result is superior performance in both grinding and liquid handling.

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The TASKMASTER TITAN combines powerful channel grinding capability with high flow capacity and low headloss and without the need for rotating diverter screens which have been known to be noisy, inefficient and maintenance prone. With its massive array of cutting edges, cutter life and unit strength are enhanced. The unit’s unique design provides superior feeding of large, bulky or round objects and a finely ground output for excellent protection of pumps, filter presses and other downstream equipment. The TITAN employs a 3hp or 5hp motor and cycloidal gear drive, cutter cartridge technology and a 14”x 12” up to 14”x 60” inlet cutting chamber size for handling flow rates up to 8 mgd.

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