Aussie Pumps has received great news from the poultry industry on the application of its Heatwave high-pressure steam cleaner.
The machine appears to satisfy all of the requirements of the industry with a versatility not found in either electric-drive or cold-water washdown units. The Aussie Heatwave was developed originally for local government cleaning contractor applications. It is a 4000psi steam cleaner with an infinitely variable temperature control from ambient to 130C.
The features contractors enjoyed most about the machine was its compact design, high quality components and ability to be either trolley or ute mounted.
Aussie Pumps Chief Engineer John Hales said, “The ability to produce 4000psi and up to 130C steam in a mobile portable machine is quite revolutionary.”
“Thus it can carry out high-pressure cleaning applications with cold wash, but can kill germs and sanitise by operating the thermostat and adjusting the temperature to hot wash – 80-90C and up to 130C steam.”
Mr Hales reports that most customers in livestock applications operate the machines at about 85-90C. He pointed out that even COVID 19 – according to the World Health Organisation – can be eliminated by spraying with high-pressure hot water over 60C.
“The hotter you operate the machine, the more diesel fuel in the burner is used, which becomes a more expensive resource,” Mr Hales said.
Aussie Pumps claim that one of the major benefits is the fact that the Heatwave cleans in a chemical-free manner. It can be operated with a range of accessories including – in cold wash configuration – a heavy-duty turbo lance that turns the 4000psi impact into the equivalent of a 6000psi machine. The turbo literally acts as a turbine, spinning under pressure from the pump’s supply, creating what amounts to more impact and cutting cleaning times accordingly.
For poultry shed operators, there are optional stainless-steel hose reels, with up to 50m of high-pressure hose available. Stainless-steel reels mount on top of the Heatwave above the engine, providing balance and ease of operation when moving between sheds.
“The stainless-steel reel is a big asset,” Mr Hales said.
“It spools really well because of its unique design, and the hose reel for long-hose storage helps eliminate accidents, providing the operator with more range without having to move the machine.”
Aussie Pumps also reports the Heatwave is a big success in the export market.
“What the industry seems to like is its versatility – adapted with labour-saving devices such as turbos, high-pressure hose reels, telescopic extension wands and similar – fleets of between six and 10 pieces are proving a real benefit in terms of machinery maintenance too,” Mr Hales said.
“When operators all use the same machine and can interchange jobs because of their familiarity with the simplicity of the Heatwave, it makes life easier for supervisors and managers.”
Further information on the Heatwave’s ability of being both a flexible and chemical-free way of cleaning is available by visiting aussiepumps.com.au or calling 02 8865 3500.