Trigger High Pressure Spray Gun

Trigger High Pressure Spray GunThe trigger high pressure spray gun is one of the two main components of the most common safety system for high pressure cleaning equipment. The other is the unloader.

Essentially, depressing the trigger allows water to flow out of the system through the nozzle under pressure while releasing the trigger diverts water flow back to the pump. The pump, however, continues to run. The gun, with the unloader valve, forms a valve system which gives the operator immediate control of water flow or, in some types of systems, pressure. Water flow can be turned on or off by depressing or releasing the trigger, or in “dump gun” systems, system pressure can be drastically reduced to safe levels.

How the Gun Works

Guns are fairly simple mechanisms designed around a trigger-operated valve. Generally a ball valve is used in trigger guns but piston valve may be used in a dump gun.

In one of the most common configurations for a trigger gun, the valve ball is held in a closed or forward position by the flow of water and blocks the flow of water through the gun to the nozzle. When the trigger is depressed it pushes a pin against the ball, forcing the ball out of its seating and opening a path for water to flow to the nozzle. When the trigger is released again a spring returns the ball to its seating and the flow is again blocked.

Flow blockage actuates the unloader on the outlet or high side of the pump and water is diverted back to the pump’s inlet or low side, reducing pressure at the gun.

Using the Gun Avoids a Walk to the Switch

In most pressure cleaning equipment, the pump motor is turned on and off at the machine. The operator, however, may be cleaning as far as 50 feet away. When he wants to stop spraying water he needs a way to stop water flow without walking back to the machine to stop the motor or engine.

The trigger gun and unloader provide that kind of control literally at the operator’s fingertips. The valves in the trigger gun and unloader can be thought of as a pair of traffic cops, directing the “traffic flow” of water in the cleaning system.

The Dump Gun

A dump gun, on the other hand, avoids the pressure spike by simply rerouting the flow of water at the gun.
The dump gun design avoids the need for an unloader by simply diverting the flow around the pressure nozzle and to the atmosphere instead of back to the pump. In other words, it directs the flow of water to reduce pressure of the outflow rather than stopping it altogether. In some cases the flow is diverted to a tube surrounding a smaller tube the nozzle is mounted on.

Other dump guns use double-barreled wands. In superficial appearance the dump gun is very similar to the trigger gun used with an unloader.

Trigger Gun Types

There are two main types of trigger guns, flow-through where water passes all the way through the gun and the valve is above the trigger, and a front-fitted or front entry gun – designed so that the inlet and outlet fittings and valve are all forward of the trigger.
This design trades off increased operator fatigue – the weight and the front of the gun throws it off balance – for the potential for handling higher temperatures because the water never passes through the handle. Guns come in a wide range of flow, pressure and temperature ratings. A fairly standard heavy duty gun design will generally be rated for 3,000+ psi at 300 degrees Fahrenheit and a 10 gpm flow.

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Winterizing High Pressure Plunger Pump

Anytime you store go through  Winterizing High Pressure Plunger Pump

It is a given that when water freezes it expands, if the pump is full of a freezing fluid you may cause some irreversible damage. Broken plungers, damaged packings and ruptured manifolds to mention a few.

There are three ways to winterize your pump:

  1. Store it in a warm area where temperatures will not drop below freezing
  2. Turn off all inlets and blow out the system with 30-70psi air
  3. Circulate a 50-50 mixture of antifreeze and water. Take care to follow local environmental regulations

Take caution to ensure that there is no slush anywhere in the system before using. Slush will damage the system and could lead to injury. It is recommended to perform a full maintenance check prior to use.

AR North America Will Be At The 2016 WETT Show

wett 2016

AR North America is excited to attend the 2016 WETT Show also know as the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show.  We are excited to bring for the first time the Annovi Reverberi diaphragm pumps, including low, medium and high pressure to the US. AR is the #1 diaphragm pump manufacturer in the world.  These pumps have flows from 3.5 to 238 GPM and pressures up to 725 PSI.

We also will showcase our plunger pumps used in residential, commercial, industrial and specialty applications.  Our sales team will be happy to answer any questions.  Find us on the WETT show floor in booth 1121.

See you at the show…

Visit A.R. North America at CETA / ISSA in Las Vegas

issa interclean ceta show 2015A.R. North America is proud to be exhibiting at the Las Vegas Convention Center October 20th – 23rd. Come visit us at Booth #3023!

How an AR High Pressure Plunger Pumps Work

What a AR high pressure plunger pumps actually do is move a column of water to create a flow. Pressure results from a restriction on than column of water as is the case when the water passes through a nozzle. When we speak of a pump’s ability to create a certain pressure at a certain flow, what we really mean is that the pump is capable of moving that amount of water per minute through a nozzle or restriction which actually creates the specified pressure.

In order to create a flow of water, most pumps used in the pressure cleaning industry rely on a system of valves and cylinders. The movement of a plunger or piston in the cylinder draws water through the inlet valve and the upstroke expels it through the outlet valve. Continue reading

How To Avoid Cavitation Damage

Can you identify and avoid cavitation damage? Cavitation is the formation and collapse of gaseous cavities in a liquid which causes severe wear or eroding of the metal wear surfaces in the pump.

The most obvious sign of cavitation is a hammering noise. The noise can be either consistent or intermittent depending upon the degree of cavitation and damage to the pump. Vibration of the pump and system will also be noticeable as the pump is starved of fluid. Eventually flow and pressure will decrease.

Check your system for these conditions which may contribute to, or directly cause, cavitation damage:

  1. Inadequate inlet line size
  2. Insufficient inlet flow or excessive suction
  3. Excessive inlet line length
  4. Rigid inlet plumbing
  5. Too many elbows and/or fittings
  6. Excessive temperature build-up or pumped fluid
  7. Air leak in inlet plumbing
  8. Agitation in supply reservoir
  9. Inadequate increase of inlet flow for fluids of greater specific gravity
  10. Inadequate increase of inlet flow for higher temperature fluids
  11. Clogged inlet filters.
  12. Must use ‘full port’ valves and fittings.

It is important to carefully check your system during assembly and operation to avoid the serious damage that can be caused by cavitation.

If you have any concerns about your system, contact your representative for assistance.