Smith & Loveless Headworks

Smith & Loveless Headworks systems demonstrate our commitment to market leadership in screening technologies and grit removal systems.  On-going research and development leads to continued system innovations. Since the introduction of the original vortex PISTA® Grit Chamber in the early 1970s, and with decades of screen innovation, S&L has developed numerous advancements to further enhance the capability for complete headworks. This innovation and experience make S&L systems the industry’s most specified headworks systems today.

High removal efficiencies originate from the PISTA® Grit Chamber’s unparalleled hydraulic design, including its flat chamber floor, patented  and low-energy axial-flow propeller. The combination creates a true vortex that effectively separates grit from organics and the waste stream. Forced vortex action distinguishes the PISTA® Grit Chamber from all other so-called “vortex” grit chambers because it does not rely on less efficient particle settling or gravity.

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Smith & Loveless delivers complete wastewater screening solutions designed for superior durability, performance and real life-cycle cost value.  Our comprehensive array of proven SCHLOSS™ engineered screening solutions handle coarse and fine screening, washing, compacting and conveying for both municipal and industrial applications.

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Grit Removal

Smith & Loveless is the leader in grit removal.  We have incorporated the latest technological advancements to provide the highest grit removal efficiency available.

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Grit Pumping

Smith & Loveless’ rugged PISTA® TURBO™ Grit Pump is the only pump in the industry exclusively designed for pumping grit slurries.  Whether top mounted, vacuum primed or flooded suction, we have a solution. Pumps are available at 250 GPM (15.81 lps) with 4" (100 mm) piping to 500 GPM (31.6 lps) with 6" (150 mm) piping.

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Grit Washing & Dewatering

S&L grit washing systems & dewatering systems clean grit while minimizing the odor caused by putrescible organics and the costs associated with growing landfill restrictions.

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Controls & Accessories

Smith & Loveless gives you complete, graphical control of your grit removal system with the QUICKSMART™ Control System.  And we offer plenty of other options to enhance your grit removal systems.

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Headworks Retrofits

The Smith & Loveless After Market Division can upgrade your headworks and grit removal equipment to ensure they run at peak performance.

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