millMAXTM Pump Inventor - John Frater inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame

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Source: FLSmidth KREBS

John Frater invented the millMAXTM slurry pump in 1994. Today there are over 12,000 millMAX pumps worldwide.

John Frater leader in the design of slurry pumps and the inventor of the millMAX pump was inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame on February 16, 2015. His internationally renowned pump designs have made an extraordinary contribution to the mining industry worldwide.

John invented what to this day remains a revolutionary pump, the millMAX pump. The patented millMAXTM suction side sealing system has changed the way the mining industry looks at wear on the suction side liner and pump adjustment. His millMAX design uses a wear ring to seal between the suction liner and impeller. It allows the adjustment of the wear ring to maintain the sealing while the pump is operating.

John started off his career by leaving home at age 16 and joining a water pump company called Mather & Platt located in Manchester, England. After graduating from Bolton Technical College John joined the then licensee of Warman and became the production manager of Warman in England. In 1980 John designed the Orion Pump and started the Orion Pump company. In 1984 John sold the Orion Pump company to Joy Manufacturing which owned Denver Equipment at that time.

In 1994 John left Denver and went off to Australia to design a new pump with an idea about suction side sealing. The first millMAX pump was installed in Western Australia in 1995 and it was an immediate success with a 20% less power usage, then the competitor’s pump it replaced. This started the beginning of the Krebs millMAX product family.

In 1997 Krebs signed a deal with John to represent his company in Indonesia and the Philippines. John agreed to join his company with Krebs in August of 1999. Today there are over 12,000 millMAX pumps worldwide.

Today, John Frater is the Pump Technical Director for FLSmidth Krebs. He is recognized globally for his pervasive knowledge of pump design and pumping systems.

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