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Local booster set fabrication slashes delivery times

Home Engineering Pumps, Valves, Hydraulics, Pneumatics Local booster set fabrication slashes delivery times

TO reduce delivery times, Xylem South Africa has invested in fabrication and assembly facilities in South Africa, reducing the waiting period of eight weeks for its popular Lowara GHV booster sets by more than 75%.

Vinesan Govender, Xylem’s Engineering Manager for Africa said these boosters, now locally marketed at eXpress boosters, had been in high demand since being launched in 2014, thanks to their “incredible value”.

“We expanded our local delivery capacity to bring the eXpress units faster to customers across the continent. Xylem Africa can now deliver eXpress boosters to customers in less than two weeks and continue to support installation and maintenance through our vast domestic presences and partner network,” Govender said.

“We localised the assembly of six models of the eXpress booster sets, maximised locally sourced items, and now operate agile fabrication and assembly to supply Africa. The local facilities are based in South Africa and will ship across southern Africa.

The booster sets are fully automatic for water supply, water pressure increase and water transfer in apartment buildings, office buildings, hotels, public buildings, industrial industries, and other applications.

The Lowara eXpress series operates in conjunction with the Xylem Hydrovar pump controller, capable of delivering up to 70 per cent savings on energy bills

It is equipped with up to four e-SV vertical multistage pumps, each one fitted with a Hydrovar HVL variable frequency drive, pressure transmitters and a control panel—all mounted on a frame for easy installation.

“This series is easy to program, designed for maximum energy efficiency and can communicate with a BMS system via Modbus or BACnet.”

Govender said users benefit from a host of features, including dry run protection, low noise, small plant room footprints, no large pressure vessels, soft start, no hydraulic shock, auto changeover, fault history, protection against under/over voltage, and backflow protection through the use of a Cat 5 break tank type A/ B air gap.

It has a timed delay fill mode which ensures the pumping system does not flood the building on start-up during a power failure due to the hydraulic surge.

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