DXB Pump & Power are a privately owned, specialist pumpset manufacturer based in the UK, with customers all over the world. Although the company were new when they approached Amcanu, the team involved had decades of industry experience. There was a demand in the market for a more tailored service, so DXB began working with the best suppliers in the industry to provide products that were, cost-effective, easy to use and robust. Bringing together premium components from manufacturers such as CAT, ABB and Cornell Pump they quickly built a reputation for quality, reliability and durability.
DXB’s high-flow, high pressure pumpsets are sent to some of the harshest environments in the world and expected to consistently deliver optimum performance regardless of climate, conditions or terrain. Working with oil companies, quarries, mines and equipment hire specialists. Simon Ruffles, MD at DXB Pump & Power had some very specific reasons for approaching Amcanu.
“My customers expect high performance and reliability. They expect quality products, so I approached Amcanu as the number one canopy manufacturer in the country."
DXB offer customers sound attenuated pumpsets (SAP), fully bunded, complete with integrated fuel tanks, designed to combine optimum engine performance and durability whilst meeting and exceeding current emission standards. 90% of DXB products go beyond the current legislative emission requirements to give customers a product that is Stage V compliant.
As a new company driven by an experienced team, DXB began to gain traction in the market. It was important for the business to be able to quickly leverage the industry reputation of their people, and prove to the market that they could deliver the best products.
They already knew exactly what they wanted in terms of product design and functionality. Their brief was to create an easily replicated pumpset which simplified functions and features as much as possible – a basic, quality product.
Amcanu were approached to design and manufacture a sound attenuated enclosure to meet this brief, with the additional challenge to exceed current emissions legislation and ensure Stage V compliance.
Amcanu had been supporting customers to comply with Stage V Emission Standards for several years, so DXB were in safe hands. The new Stage V compliant engines are much more advanced than their predecessors, with increased features that generate considerably higher operating temperatures.
“Most of the time I know exactly what I need – the rest of the time the Amcanu Design Team does a good job in coming up with solutions when I need modifications to accommodate different equipment.”
DXB Pump & Power
Amcanu had to design and calculate airflows carefully to allow sufficient ambient temperature clearances, improve attenuation levels and maintain the performance of engines.
The final enclosure protects the industrial equipment, reduces noise emissions, maintains optimum engine performance and enables DXB to comply with the new emissions regulations.
In addition to maintaining the performance of the pump it houses, all Amcanu products are designed in such a way as to allow flexible access to both the internal components and the enclosure as a whole. This modular method of construction is a very different to the industry standard which is typically a single shell design referred to as monocoque construction.
With modular construction every panel is easy to remove and replace if damaged. Supplied with a technical manual with exploded views and numbered parts, DXB are able to easily order and replace panels themselves, including all surface panels, corner posts, doors and all access hatches.
Keeping the noise levels down was a particular challenge for this project. The new Stage V engines run at higher temperatures, need more space .... both for the additional engine components and to allow air to circulate around the engine for cooling. Effective sound attenuation requires insulation – good insulation also takes up room.
The Amcanu design team had to create enough space for additional features and cooling and install the insulation needed to achieve noise levels of 65 dB(A) or less at 7 metres.
“Many of my customers are working for the state – they are very sensitive to any form of pollution ... noise in particular. It’s critical to them – this is because the pumps we’re providing are working in villages, towns and cities. Our customers are very pleased with the noise levels of our equipment. Amcanu are very good at doing sound attenuation well.”
Simon Ruffles, MD, DXB Pump & Power
With experience comes confidence and DXB have been forthright in telling their customers that they’re offering the most cost effective pumping solutions on the market. Quality and value are core to the DXB offer, so it’s vital the manufacturing process is efficient. Amcanu have come up with a product that is easily replicated, calling in their industrial design team when a more bespoke adaptation is required.
The DXB enclosure is a high quality product, often situated in harsh environments. The finish means that the outside of the enclosure stays looking professional whatever the weather. Having a product that is built to last and looks good is crucial. In addition, with a high proportion of customers coming from the rental market the enclosure must look well-maintained from the outside to build re-assurance that the kit on the inside is performing effectively.
Amcanu were able to give DXB technical drawings and renders to help them communicate the benefits of the product, which was still new to market. DXB used these materials to give their customers an additional layer of detail, helping them to understand more fully the product on offer, adding value and building credibility.
The finished product has met with approval from both DXB and their customers – it’s an immensely practical modular concept, which has been designed for repeatability, with slight modifications depending on the engine and pump models required by the customer.
Much like their product the Amcanu / DXB relationship is poised to stand the test of time. Amcanu is a true family-run business, with good family values at its core – alongside product quality and price it’s the ethos and outlook of the business that appealed to DXB. It’s a solid mutually beneficial relationship that should continue to work well for years to come.
"I used to be a small shareholder in company we built to several hundred people. Now I’ve started again with a small family business, I don’t want to be massive. I want to deal with people I like, both on a supply chain and customer level. That’s one of the other reasons I’m working with Amcanu because they’re a family-run business. They’re good people to work with and I want to work with good people."