Supporting the Department of Justice and Regulation
- Alastair Collins
- Wednesday 8th March 2017, 12:00am
Over the last 10 years, the All Purpose Pumps Service Team have attended a number of maintenance and repair call-outs to facilities operated by the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation, from blocked pipes and burned out pumps to maintaining ageing infrastructure.
For some of these facilities, working on-site introduces additional considerations and challenges for the All Purpose Pumps Service Team in the form of security procedures and operational disruptions, as well as influencing recommendations made to ensure the facility's pumps maintain operational effectiveness and efficiency in the long-term.
Identifying the Most Common Causes for Pump Failure
The most common issues found by the All Purpose Pumps Service Team at Department of Justice and Regulation facilities are blockages of pumps by foreign objects. Particularly in prison facilities, pumps can be blocked by a wide variety of objects, including; tracksuit pants, Chux wipes, tuna tins, concrete and gloves.
Many of Victoria's correctional facilities also face ongoing maintenance and repair issues due to the age of their infrastructure, leading to higher incidences of broken down pumps and worn out piping.
Working in Secure Areas
Attending any call-out to a Department of Justice and Regulation facility requires the All Purpose Pumps Service Team address a number of additional restrictions and considerations.
All members of the All Purpose Pumps Service Team working on-site are required to undergo drug testing and Police background checks. Complete lists of the tools required are provided and checked off on entry and exit.
In some instances, facilities have security protocols governing communication and access to the facility's pump stations, piping or control units, complicating the process of identifying and diagnosing the cause of the fault.
The All Purpose Pumps Service Team works closely with the Department of Justice and Regulation staff to adhere to all facility safety and security requirements and provide each facility with 24 hour a day access to pump repair and maintenance services.
Providing Long-Term Solutions
In order to minimise breakdowns and prolong the effective lifespan of existing facility pump stations, the All Purpose Pumps Service Team have recommended and installed a number of solutions suitable for pump stations with limited access which are at risk of blockages.
For the breakdown of foreign objects, the All Purpose Pumps range of Macerators are highly effective. With the ability to break down large, solid items, limiting the chances of pipe blockages.
All Purpose Pumps HYFLOW Submersible Mixers are another commonly used and highly recommended solution. Providing reliable and economic agitation of stored solids and liquids, Submersible Mixers prevent surface encrustation of solids and the build-up of solids on the Pump Station floor, significantly extended Pump Station lifespans and minimising required maintenance and cleaning.
By working closely with the Department of Justice and Recommendation to understand the needs and requirements of their facilities, the All Purpose Pumps Service Team have been able to recommend a number of products to significantly improve the lifespan and operational costs of their pumps and pump stations.
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