Hydraulic Systems

Electric hydraulics are controlled by the M.W. Watermark Electric Hydraulic Control System (EHCS), which monitors the status of the system and provides an emergency stop push button, disconnect switch, and touch screen control of the filter press hydraulics.

Hydraulic System
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ELECTRIC HYDRAULICS

Electric powered hydraulic pumping units maintain the hydraulic pressure and if the pressure exceeds the relief setting this pressure is vented keeping the pressure within the specified range.

For press sizes 800mm through 1500mm, electric hydraulics are optional to decrease filter press opening and closing times. For added operator and equipment protection, the hydraulic power unit (HPU) is enclosed within the leg of the filter press that supports the hydraulic cylinder. The HPU includes a high volume / low pressure pump to open and close the plate stack quickly and a low volume / high pressure pump that clamps the plate stack. Once the plate stack is closed, the high pressure hydraulic pump clamps the plate stack with a force, plus a safety factor, to counteract the pressure of slurry feed.

Electric hydraulics are controlled by the M.W. Watermark Electric Hydraulic Control System (EHCS), which monitors the status of the system and provides an emergency stop push button, disconnect switch, and touch screen control of the filter press hydraulics.

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AIR POWERED HYDRAULIC PUMP

Air powered hydraulic pumping units convert plant air to hydraulic pressure through a simple ratio system that uses a large air piston area at low pressure to produce a high hydraulic pressure on a small area hydraulic piston. Automatic reciprocation is controlled by the action of a pilot operated selector valve in the pneumatic section of the pump.

As the hydraulic output approaches the desired pressure dictated by the air pressure regulator setting, the pump slows down and finally stalls when the hydraulic force balances the air force. Hydraulic force is maintained with no consumption of power.

For filter press sizes 630mm through 1000mm, air hydraulics are included as standard. For added operator and equipment protection, the hydraulics are enclosed within the leg of the filter press that supports the hydraulic cylinder. 100 psi air is used to pressurize an oil reservoir that is used to push the plate stack closed.

Once the plate stack is closed, a high-pressure air-operated hydraulic pump clamps the plate stack with a force, plus a safety factor, to counteract the pressure of the slurry feed. When the cycle is complete, the air-operated hydraulic system releases the pressure within the cylinder and uses air pressure to retract the follower for filter cake discharge. The air hydraulic control switches and gauges are mounted in either the left or right hand side of the leg of the filter press to suit the installation.

M.W. Watermark has updated its standard air hydraulic design from a modular-style design to a manifold block. There are many short-term and long-term benefits to a manifold block hydraulic design:

  •  A manifold block is more compact and has fewer fittings and components. Updating this system lowers the risk of potential leaks.
  • The filter press opens and closes significantly faster. The 630 mm press opens 47 seconds faster and closes 18 seconds faster.
  • The manifold block is easier to service.

All new M.W. Watermark air hydraulic filter presses utilize manifold block hydraulics.

The M.W. Watermark filter press air-operated hydraulic system has been designed for durability, longevity and quick closing, clamping and opening times. Click below to watch our video and learn more.

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MANUALLY OPERATED HYDRAULIC PUMP

The hydraulic cylinder is swung from the “up” to the “clamp” position and the hand pump is operated to build clamping pressure. At the end of the dewatering cycle, the hydraulic pressure is released and the cylinder is retracted by an internal spring. The cylinder is then lifted to the “up” position and the follower is manually pulled back to the end of the press. The filter plates are then manually shifted to discharge filter cake.

To eliminate hand pumping, an air-operated single-acting closure system (close only) is available as an option.

How to Open/Close a Manually Operated Hydraulic Filter Press

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Q: Can you help with a hydraulic pumping issue on an older press?

Check out our Retrofit Hydraulic Power Units and our Retrofit HPU Brochure

Q: What are some common issues with air-over-oil press hydraulics?

Check out our article about Troubleshooting Your Filter Press Air Hydraulic System

Q; What are the correct hydraulic system and controls for my filter press?

Check out our article about Choosing the Right Hydraulic System and Controls for your Filter Press

Q: Are rebuild kits available?

M.W. Watermark™ now offers complete rebuild kits for 630mm and 800mm filter press hydraulic systems.

Our kits are designed to retrofit filter presses with air-operated hydraulics from both M.W. Watermark and many other manufacturers.

Oftentimes, a single hydraulic system component will need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear.

However, if more than one part is not functioning correctly, or if your filter press is in need of a rebuild, then our comprehensive retrofit hydraulic kits may be the ideal solution.

Either way, we understand you can’t afford much downtime, and our experienced staff can work with you to help troubleshoot your filter press hydraulic challenges to find a solution.

We also have factory-trained field service professionals that can visit your site for repairs and installation.

Hydraulic Power Unit Installation and Use

M.W. Watermark Filter Presses Using Air-Operated Hydraulics

How to Close a Manual Filter Press

M.W. Watermark - Setting Hydraulic Relief Pressure

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