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Qdos metering pumps selected by Russian automotive plant

After a comprehensive evaluation and trial period, the Russian plant of steel wheel manufacturer, Mefro Wheels, has opted to use the latest Qdos 30 metering pumps from Watson-Marlow Pumps Group at its facility in Togliatti.

Qdos metering pumps selected by Russian automotive plant

  • Qdos 30 pumps used to help automate water treatment unit at wheel factory
  • Qdos chosen over diaphragm metering pumps based on rigorous trials
  • High accuracy characteristics deliver impressive results

After a comprehensive evaluation and trial period, the Russian plant of steel wheel manufacturer, Mefro Wheels, has opted to use the latest Qdos 30 metering pumps from Watson-Marlow Pumps Group at its facility in Togliatti. Selected ahead of diaphragm metering pumps, the Qdos 30 pumps have been fully integrated into a complex process control system at the plant’s water treatment unit.

With over 4000 employees and a turnover of circa €500 million, Mefro Wheels GmbH operates nine plants worldwide, including two in Russia. As a group, it produces more than 20 million car wheels, 3.5 million truck wheels and 1.5 million wheels for tractors, agricultural and construction machinery every year.

Automated operation

The Togliatti facility, which is located some 800 km east of Moscow, was acquired by Mefro from established Russian car manufacturer Autovaz in 2011. Seeking to impart greater levels of automation at the factory, Mefro began to consider peristaltic pump technology for its water treatment unit. In 2012, a presentation of Qdos 30 metering pumps was delivered by Sergey Davidyan, Sales Engineer at Watson-Marlow, after which commenced an intensive period of demonstration and testing on site at Togliatti.

“After careful product consideration, together with colleagues from Camozzi Pneumatics [an Italian manufacturer of pneumatic components with responsibility for automating the wheel fabrication shop], a decision was made to use Qdos 30 pumps with ReNu pumpheads in our water treatment unit,” says a spokesman at Mefro. “The Qdos 30 pumps proved to be excellent both in the demonstration tests and in day-to-day operation.”

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