Mud Mixing Systems: Equipment Spotlight

March 2012, Vol. 67 No. 3

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The new Vermeer SA400 mud pump provides a continuous flow of drilling fluid at any pump speed during drill operations. Powered by a 350-hp CAT Tier 4 Interim engine, the SA400 joins the Vermeer lineup of maxi horizontal directional drills and reclaimers serving the pipeline installation market. The SA400 features a triplex piston pump system and has a pump capacity up to 435.3 gpm. The pump features a clutch with a continuous duty throw-out bearing to allow extended idle while in neutral, and a suction inlet valve to suspend charged flow during drill rod makeup/breakout. The electrical centrifugal pump for the liner wash keeps the fluid end of the pump cool and lubricated. The onboard open control station and a tethered control box allow the operator to move the control to a different location near the machine. This gives the operator the ability to monitor mud flow rate at any point around the unit, keeping an eye on pump performance wherever it is most convenient. A liner wash tank is integrated into the pump design so that extra water containers or electricity are not needed for machine operation. This also allows for the pump to handle more jobsite debris. 888.837.6337,

Mud Technology Intl.

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The MCT-450 is a 450-plus gpm Drill Fluid Mixing & Cleaning System. This unit is equipped with a two section tank, high “G” force linear shakers, 5-inch cones on the desilter bank, high shear/low pressure mixing hopper, and high shear submersed turbo jet guns. The MCT-450 is trailer mounted for easy transport but is also available in a skid mount. Units can be customized to suit specific needs with sizes ranging from 80 gpm to 2,000 gpm and are backed by a one year manufacturer’s warranty. 903.675.3240,