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A new dimension

  • From the November 2018 issue.
A new dimension

Since 1987 Perth-based PAMS has been a supplier of fuel transfer and storage equipment to the WA mining and petroleum industries. Early last year, Liquip appointed the company as its exclusive state-wide distributor.

With the incorporation of a subsidiary division called Liquip West Coast, PAMS (Petroleum, Aviation & Mining Supplies) has expanded its operations to cover the entire spectrum of petroleum handling and storage equipment in Western Australia.

PAMS officially became Liquip’s authorised Western Australia (WA) distributor of tanker, terminal and retail fuelling product ranges on 1 January 2017. Since then the company has worked hard to provide each of its new clients with the highest possible levels of customer service, as it has done with existing clientele since inception in the late 1980s.

“With a comprehensive range of some 10,000 line items, we are certain that the exact needs of the truck, trailer and transport markets in WA will be fully met, and met with utmost confidence,” says Victor Benjamin, PAMS General Manager.

“The company remains 100 per cent WA owned and operated, and our success is largely due to our uncompromising adherence to quality and service in supplying and supporting the renowned Liquip product range.

“This is achieved through the relentless efforts of our dedicated staff and the loyal support of our customers and suppliers, both locally and overseas.”

Having three decades of experience in the petroleum equipment business was an important prerequisite to PAMS becoming the authorised Liquip distributor in the largest state of Australia.

The company fully understands the vastness and remoteness of outback operations and the unique demands these factors place on equipment and personnel in these situations. Because of this, PAMS is well placed to offer accurate advice to customers about which equipment is best suited to their specific needs.

“The petroleum supply industry in WA is quite unique compared to other parts of the country,” Victor explains. “The long distances and unsealed roads leading to mine sites in the north of the state, for example, place a big strain on equipment and it has to be built tough to take everything that is thrown at it.

“We took on the Liquip dealership with the fore-knowledge that Liquip gear is designed and built to take in its stride the harsh conditions we have over here.”

A standout product in the Liquip range is the newly developed electronic metering and delivery system known as Swift.

It is an easy-to-use, yet precise, system that is changing the way operators deliver their fuel by making day-to-day operations much simpler and less physically demanding.
With the benefit of advanced modern technology, Swift incorporates level gauging to accurately and conveniently deliver multiple products through a single pump to selectable outlets.

The system is significantly lighter while taking up less space than conventional pumping systems, therefore allowing increased payload capacity and easier, more compact installation.
Liquip describes Swift as the current culmination of 50 years of innovation and development in fuel delivery technology since the company was founded.

Noteworthy features of Swift are that it is National Measurement Institute (NMI) and Zone 1 (IECEx) hazardous area approved. It also meets Australian Standards including AS2809.

The Swift central processing unit (CPU) features a durable, lightweight aluminium housing that can withstand the world’s harshest operating environments such as those prevalent in outback Western Australia, thanks to its IP66 rating. This rating verifies the unit is completely sealed against dust and water ingress.

Swift also has a simple-to-use pneumatic control unit for two- to six-compartment systems. It offers quick and easy installation with no need to open the housing.

There is also an optional digital display component which provides an easy-to-read measurement for delivered product. It has a 100mm long screen with large, red LED numerals for enhanced readability, even in direct sunlight. It is able to meter deliveries by gravity, bulk and hose reel.

Other features and benefits include improved operator safety as there is no need to access the top of the tanker, while one-touch level gauging means all compartment levels are simultaneously visible on the screen.

Speed of delivery is always an important consideration with fuel transfer and in this respect Swift lives up to its name with a capacity of over 1,000 L/min (364 gallons/min) using Liquip’s recommended pump rated at 1,015 L/min.

The system achieves this rate of flow because it does not use a restriction-causing flow meter. Therefore, flow rates are only limited by downstream equipment.

It has a minimum delivery of 200 litres and pre-set volumes for all delivery modes, enabling user-friendly split drop capability.

Importantly, conventional pumping systems can be upgraded to the Swift system, which is also compatible with user-preferred pumping equipment such as aftermarket pumps and hydraulics.
Swift is locally developed and along with other Liquip products is sold and supported nationwide by a comprehensive distributor network in each state and territory.

Fast Fact
Established in Perth in 1987, PAMS is an independently-owned business specialising in quality equipment for the transfer and storage of hazardous liquids. At the beginning of 2017 the company became the authorised distributor of Liquip products in Western Australia.

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