This week I had my first WEFTEC experience. I live in LA and WEFTEC was held at the LA Convention Center, so I drove on over to see the exhibits. I thought I’d walk through and see everything in one day. Wrong. A person could physically walk through every aisle in each of the three exhibit halls, in an hour – maybe. But stopping by an exhibit booth here and there I found one day was just not enough. I returned the following day.
One of the more fascinating exhibits was a demonstration loop with a chopper pump in operation. This pump easily shredded large diameter polypropylene rope and thick bars of hard-as-rock plastic stock. Here’s a photo of the inlet showing the chopper/shredder device. An outer rotating bar and the impeller are in close clearance with the stationary chopper bar. This arrangement of hardened steel components creates a double shearing action that will effectively shred just about anything that tries to enter.
Every exhibit booth I visited could scan my badge and this conveniently provided them my contact information. Later they will mail literature or send me email. I appreciated leaving behind all of the brochures and not having to carry them around all day.
For the water professional I can’t imagine a better place to browse all the best and latest the industry has to offer. I especially enjoyed seeing the all the different makes and models of pumps dressed in glossy enamel and chrome.