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Float Switch Mounts and Anchors – Part 3 of a Series on Lift Station Components.

In this Series: Exploring the ins and outs of liftstation components and learning how all the parts and pieces of a pump station come together to move America’s wastewater. We will explore the common problems of old pump stations and help you identify and understand the pieces and components in lift stations.  We will also help you locate the parts to keep your lift station or pump station operating in top notch condition.

Check out Part One of this series on Float Switch Brackets.
Check out Part Two of this series on Float Switches.

Quick Pitch: Lift Station Float Switch Mounting, Float Switch Anchors and Anchor Kits. What are some of the methods of mounts for float switch cord? What does it all mean and what float switch cord mount methods should I use?

There are different ways to tie-off or secure float switches in liftstations, pump pits, ejector pits, sewer and septic systems. We have already looked at Float Switch Brackets and how they work. But what if you need something for a smaller sump pump pit or need to mount sump pump alarm floats? Maybe you need to mount float switches for a sump pump alarm that sends you text message alerts. You could always use the zip tie method or we have even seen people using any old wire laying around. There are so many more options for securing float switches in sump pumps, sewage pumps and lift stations. Conery Mfg. cord mounting accessories are affordable and readily available for any pump pit, sump pump or ejector pump setup.

Cord Mounting Accessories for Float Switches include:

Float Switch Poly Pipe Mounts

Float Switch Stainless Steel Hose Clamps for Pipe Mount

Float Switch Cord Grips

Float Switch Collar Mounts

Anchors and Anchor Kits

Float Switch Zip Ties – Heavy Duty Releasable Straps

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Float Switches – Part 2 of a series on Lift Station Components.

In this Series: Exploring the ins and outs of liftstation components and discussing how all the parts or pieces of a pump station come together to move America’s wastewater. We will look at the common problems of old stations and help you understand the pieces and locate the parts to keep the caca flowing. Check out the first installment of this series of Lift Station Components when we looked at Float Switch Brackets. Buy Float Switch Brackets

 

Quick Pitch: Lift Station Floats and Pump Station Floats: Up / Down, Normally Open / Normally Closed / SPDT (Single Pole Double Throw) – What does it all mean and what should I use?

Sump Pump Alarm Float Switch Diagram

Sump Pump Alarm Float Switch

We are regularly involved with collection system projects and sewer system projects throughout the USA. We often find liftstations, pump pits and sewer infrastructure is in a corroded state of disrepair. It is not that those maintaining the stations don’t care, they simply don’t have the know how or the funds budgeted to fix them. This time we are looking at world of float switches.

Float Switches

Float switches are the simple signalling devices that tell the pumps in lift stations to come on and off. Float switches can also signal low levels in basins and pits and signal sewage backup and liftstation high level alarms and low level alarms. Float switches are a critical component and not all are created equal. Today we will look at float switches from from Conery Mfg. Conery Manufacturing was founded in 1979 and produces high quality equipment and components for the water and wastewater industry. They make the legendary Conery 2900 Series Float Switches for liftstations, pump stations, sump pumps and pump pits.

2 Pump Float Switch Schematic

2 Pump Float Switch Typical Layout – Click to Enlarge

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Float switches come in three different flavors

  • Normally Open Float Switches
  • Normally Closed Float Switches
  • Single Pole Double Throw Float Switches

Normally Open Float Switches (NO Float Switches)

2900 Conery Normally Open Float Switch

Conery 2900 Normally Open Float Switch

This is the most common float switch used in lift stations and sump pumps for pump down applications. Normally Open simply means the contacts of the switch are open when the float is in the hanging down position (or vertical). In pumping applications this normally means the pump is off when the float is hanging down. Normally open float switches are available in Narrow Angle Float Switches or Wide Angle Float Switches.

Normally Open Wide Angle Float Switch contacts are closed (Or pump turns on) when the float rises 45 degrees above horizontal. These float switches are the most commonly used floats and are recommended for sump pumps, lift station pumps, and general pumping applications.

P1 Piggyback Plug

Sump Pump Piggyback Plug for 120V

P2 Piggyback Plug

Sump Pump Piggyback Plug 220V

The normally open wide angle float switches that are pump duty rated can also be provided with a piggy back plug that allows you to directly control the pump or sump pump through the float. They are normally available in P1 (120V) and P2 (220V).

Normally Open Narrow Angle Float Switch contacts are closed when the float rises to 5 degrees above horizontal or approximately 1 inch above horizontal. These are typically used for alarms or when there is a narrow band of liquid that needs to be measured. Narrow Angle float switches are not normally recommended for direct connection to pumps as they can cause pump “chatter” due to the narrow angle of switch actuation.

Normally Open Float Switches are also used to signal high water levels in sump pumps, pump stations and liftstations.
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Normally Closed Float Switches (NC Float Switches)

Normally Closed Float Switch

Normally Closed Float Switch contacts are closed (Or switch on) when are typically used for pump up applications or as a high float to cut off pumps.

Normally Closed Narrow Angle Switch contacts become open and turn off the switch when the float rises 1 inch or 5 degrees above horizontal. These are typically used when you need to measure a narrow band of water or wastewater but are not recommended for direct pump applications due to the “pump chatter” caused by the narrow band.

Normally Closed Wide Angle Switch contacts become open and turn off the switch when the float bulb rises 45 degrees above horizontal.  These are the normal float used in conjunction with pump applications as the wide angle keeps the pumps from coming off and on too quickly.

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Normally Open / Normally Closed Float Switches – SPDT Single Pole Double Throw Float Switches

SPDT Single Pole Double Throw Float Switch

Normally Open / Normally Closed or SPDT Float switches are a variation of the N/O and N/C float switch. This float switch can be wired to operate based upon the wiring setup you need . It can be either a normally open or a normally closed switch but not both at the same time. These switches are slightly more costly but can really save you time and money if you don’t know what type of switch you need or you can’t decide which switch you should stock as a spare.

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Check back next time when we dig into ways to mount floats. We will dive into Anchor Kits and Cord Mounting Accessories.
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When out and about visiting lift stations throughout the Midwest, we often find liftstations, pump pits and sewer infrastructure is in a corroded state of disrepair. It is not that those maintaining the stations don’t care, they simply don’t have the funds to fix them or know what is available within the maintenance budget to fix it right.

In this Series: Lift Station Components Part 2 – Float Switches Explained – Normally Open, Normally Closed and SPDT 

Lift Stations Components Part 3 – Float Switch Mounting And Anchors

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Quick Pitch: Lift Station and Pump Station Components: How they all fit together and work

Lift Station Basin Components

In this series, we will look at:

Float Switches for pumps and liftstationsCord Mounting Accessories,  High Water AlarmsStainless Steel Float BracketsAnchor KitsBase Elbow Rail SystemsQuick Disconnect Valve Rail SystemsBasin ComponentsStainless Steel Chain, Stainless Steel CableCheck ValvesFlexible Entry HubsTank Vents and Junction Boxes.

The Grit of It: Exploring the details of each liftstation component and discussing how all the parts of a pump stations come together to move America’s wastewater.

Today we are starting a series on Lift Stations and Pump Pit components with the focus of helping you keep your old lift stations and pump stations working. We will looks at the common problems of old stations and help you understand the pieces and locate the parts to keep the caca flowing.

Part 1: Float Switch Brackets

Today’s post is all about Float Switch Brackets and more specifically the Stainless Steel Float Brackets from Conery Mfg. Conery Manufacturing was founded in 1979 and produces high quality equipment for the water and wastewater industry. They make the legendary Conery Float Switches and the Float Brackets to mount them securely in your sump or liftstation. The Float Switch Brackets are provided in Type 304 Stainlesss Steel and offer several configurations and sizes to secure up to six floats or cables. They work with most type of float switches, lift station diameters and pit applications you may encounter. Lets take a closer look at the configurations and mounting options available.

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1HB 1 Hook Stainless Steel Float BracketThe 1HB 1 Hook Stainless Steel Float Bracket is a Single Hook Float Switch Bracket. It is commonly used in small pits, basement sumps and septic systems to retain cords and float switches. The hook provides a quick way to get the extra cable out of the way and to keep floats and alarms from getting tangled.

 

WMB-0100 Stainless Steel Float BracketThe WMB-0100 is a right angle type float switch bracket made of Type 304 stainless steel and comes with a loop to securely attach the floats. These work great for the great for the Stainless Steel Float Switches, the Dura-Float switches and just about any style of regular floats out there.

 

 

L Type Float Switch Brackets

3FB L-Type Float BracketThe 3FB L-Type Float Bracket offers a quick and affordable way to secure three floats for the typical simplex or duplex pump stations. They are  only 6 1/2″ long and 1 1/2″ wide and have 1/2″ holes for mounting with stainless steel anchors. If you need space for four floats in a L Type float bracket, then try the 4FBL stainless steel float bracket.
T Type Float Switch Brackets
4FB T-Type Float Bracket T Type brackets are excellent way to mount all the floats you need for a duplex, triplex or even quad pump station. They are typically mounted on the side of the lift station wall with stainless steel anchors and then secure the floats with black cord snubbers or cord grips. Some even come with a two part bracket for easy removal when servicing or removing pumps from the rail systems. Check out the 4FB T-Type Float Bracket for four floats, the 5FB T-Type Float Bracket for 5 floats and the 6FB T-Type Float Bracket for six floats or cables.
T-Type-Bracket-w-Side-Hook-4FBHSometimes a hook on each end is handy for the extra cable that is always hanging around. Conery provides the 4FBH T-Type Stainless Steel Float Bracket with Side Hooks for 4 Floats and the 5FBH if you have 5 floats in the lift station.
4HB T-Type Float Bracket with Hooks
If you are all about hooks or have a lot of extra float cable at the top, we suggest that you check out the 4HB T-Type Float Bracket with Hooks for 4 floats.
U Type Float Switch Brackets
U type Float Brackets are available and ready for when you have a flat wall or a tight area with limited standoff room available. The 6AHB U-Type Float Bracket has room for six loops of cable and the 3AHB U-Type Float Bracket is made to keep up to three floats in order in the pit.
H Type Float Switch Brackets
6HFB H-Type Float Bracket
H type brackets are the ticket for quad lift station and pump stations that need to have an easy way to remove the bracket while servicing the pumps or base elbow rail systems. The two piece 6HFB H-Type Float Bracket design is joined with quality stainless steel hardware and each cord is secured by a black cord snubber.
H Type Float Switch Bracket
Check back next time when we dig into other ways to mount floats. No, we are not talking about your favorite Digital Camo Duck Tape®. We will dive into Anchor Kits and Cord Mounting Accessories.
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UNICONT PGK DIN Rail Mount IsolatorAqua Technology Group now offers the UNICONT PGK-301Ex family of DIN rail mountable isolators from Nivelco. These DIN Rail Mount isolators provide intrinsically safe power for 2-wire transmitters operating in hazardous locations. They also provide  galvanic insulation between the inputs and outputs. The UNICONT PGK-301Ex isolators feature high accuracy signal conversion.

  • Intrinsically safe isolation for instrumentation and control circuits
  • Convenient power supply for transmitters
  • 20 – 35 V DC supply voltage
  • 4-20 mA with HART communication
  • Up to 1 μA transmission accuracy
Learn more about the Nivelco UNICONT PGK-301Ex family of DIN rail mountable isolators here.

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Conery-B8-Mechanical-FloatsConery Mfg. has released its latest B8 mechanical float switch featuring:
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