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Shaftless Screw Conveyor Replaces Belt Conveyor for Biosolids Load Out System at Floyd Branch WWTP in Richardson, TX

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End User or Owner

City of Richardson
Richardson, TX

Consulting Engineer

North Texas Municipal Water District
North Texas

Plant Name and Location

Floyd Branch WWTP
Richardson, TX

General Description of the Application

The city of Richardson, Texas was chartered in 1873 and has since grown into a fully developed residential and commercial city with a population of over 100,000 people. Over the years, the water and sewer utilities have undergone numerous improvements and additions. The Floyd Branch WWTP facility is permitted for 4.75 MGD. The plant underwent improvements to increase capacity and improve the biosolids load out system.

The existing biosolids load out system included a pivoting belt conveyor that loaded dumpsters. Due to difficulty with keeping the belt conveyor running without issues, the plant management decided to replace the belt conveyor with more reliable technology. KWS Environmental, in conjunction with plant operators, designed a shaftless screw conveyor to directly replace the existing belt conveyor. The new KWS design reused the existing conveyor support structure and pivoting mechanism. All the issues with the belt conveyor were eliminated with the new KWS design.

Design Parameters of Application

  1. Product Type – Dewatered Biosolids
  2. Material Density – 60 Lbs. per Cubic Foot
  3. Conveyor Capacity – 280 Cubic Feet per Hour
  4. Duty – 5 Days a Week, 8 Hours per Day
Shaftless Screw Conveyor Replaces Belt Conveyor for Biosolids Load Out System at Floyd Branch WWTP in Richardson, TX - KWS

Advantages Provided by KWS

KWS Environmental designed, manufactured and supplied a shaftless screw conveyor for the load out system that integrated with existing supports and control systems. Engineers from KWS made numerous site visits to discuss the issues with operations and maintenance personnel. Complete dimensions of the building and existing load out system were obtained while on site so drawings of the new system could be created. KWS designed the new shaftless screw conveyor to fit in the limited space allowed by dewatering building and existing chutes and supports. The new shaftless screw conveyor was designed to fit on the existing pivoting supports and discharge to dumpsters by rotating around a center axis to evenly load dumpsters or roll-off containers. A custom inlet transition between the existing inclined screw conveyor and the new KWS shaftless screw conveyor was designed to allow easy fit-up in the field.

Shaftless Screw Conveyor Replaces Belt Conveyor for Biosolids Load Out System at Floyd Branch WWTP in Richardson, TX - KWS

Special Features of KWS Design

KWS Environmental provided a unique solution to the biosolids load out system that included a shaftless screw conveyor, structural supports, safety control devices and custom inlet chute. KWS provided oil-impregnated UHMW liners for extended life and reduced maintenance. The new shaftless screw conveyor utilized KWS-350 Ultra Strong Micro-Alloy spirals for long life. The KWS-350 spirals are the strongest and toughest in the industry and designed to outlast any other spiral on the market. Custom supports for the new shaftless screw conveyor were designed specifically to integrate to the existing bearing and support frame. Overall cost of the system was minimized greatly by reusing the existing pivoting support system.

Testimonial

"This job was installed with no issues. The new KWS shaftless screw conveyor is running well and I am really happy with my new solution."

Jim Stewart, Supervisor – Floyd Branch WWTP

Shaftless Screw Conveyor Replaces Belt Conveyor for Biosolids Load Out System at Floyd Branch WWTP in Richardson, TX - KWS
Shaftless Screw Conveyor Replaces Belt Conveyor for Biosolids Load Out System at Floyd Branch WWTP in Richardson, TX - KWS
Shaftless Screw Conveyor Replaces Belt Conveyor for Biosolids Load Out System at Floyd Branch WWTP in Richardson, TX - KWS
Shaftless Screw Conveyor Replaces Belt Conveyor for Biosolids Load Out System at Floyd Branch WWTP in Richardson, TX - KWS
Shaftless Screw Conveyor Replaces Belt Conveyor for Biosolids Load Out System at Floyd Branch WWTP in Richardson, TX - KWS
Shaftless Screw Conveyor Replaces Belt Conveyor for Biosolids Load Out System at Floyd Branch WWTP in Richardson, TX - KWS
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