Agitator pumps deliver kinetic energy to slurry solids surrounding the pump intake, re-suspending them into a fluid state. These solids are pulled into the pump and pushed on through the discharge keeping the intake clear and free of slurry accumulation. They are used for industrial, mining, milling, and power plants. The water always flows to the path of least resistance and a pump without mechanical agitation will only pump the water, leaving the solids behind to accumulate around your pump intake, and eventually starving the pump by blocking the intake. The agitator helps to pump material from rest with minimal water content-maximizing tons/hour of solids transfer and eliminates pump downtime due to accumulation of solids at pump suction.
Agitators have a large, center mounted low speed blade. It efficiently pumps large volumes of product with little or no shear. Agitators are most often used to mix or blend low viscosity products. It is available in variety of configurations to meet various process requirements. Several types of models are available such as paddle blade, agifoil blade and sweep blade agitators.