The new Vermeer MUD Hub slurry solidification system helps control the costs, time and complexity of drilling fluid management. Using the Vermeer ST2000 slat tank and the Surface to Surface (STS) FL-243 solidification mixer, MUD Hub helps create stackable material for convenient transfer and disposal.
Costs associated with properly disposing of used drilling fluid and hydro-excavation spoils are on the rise because of higher fees, reduced number of facilities accepting drilling slurry and increased travel time for offloading vacuum excavators.
“Fluid disposal can have a substantial impact on a project’s success,” said Adam Bates, product manager for Vermeer Corporation. “At Vermeer, we are committed to producing cost-effective solutions for fluid management. In addition to the Vermeer line of reclaimers for larger-diameter pipeline work, we now have the MUD Hub for contractors doing utility work.”
With the MUD Hub, vacuum excavator operators drive over the swing-open hatch above the 2,000-gallon ST2000 slat tank to empty their tanks – no backing up to a pit required. A swing-open hatch helps streamline the process and reduces excess splattering.
The slurry mixture is routed up the 84-inch, variable speed conveyor, where it is then loaded into the 750-gallon infeed hopper of the STS FL-243. This solidification mixer combines slurry from drilling fluid or hydro-excavation with a superabsorbent polymer before being discharged onto the ground or into a roll-off dumpster. In as little as 15 minutes, the slurry will begin to set up as a stackable material that is convenient to transport and be disposed of at a landfill, used as ground cover or added to composting mixes, depending on what additives were used in the drilling fluid.
The MUD Hub can be operated by one person from multiple control station locations for job-site flexibility, and feed and dosage rates are made from the STS FL-243 solidification mixer’s control center. The ST2000 slat tank has a self-cleaning tank design, as well as slip-resistant floors.
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