3 Things to Look For When Buying Fluid Handling Pumps

Fluid Handling Pumps

Fluid handling pumps are essential elements to the safe and efficient use and distribution of a wide variety of fluids across a range of industries. Fluid formulations and characteristics vary greatly to fulfill a wide variety of purposes.

The fluid handling pumps you buy matter. Not all are created equal. Different factors matter more for certain fluid handling pumps than others. Therefore, it’s essential to take a look at three different factors when examining the fluid handling pumps you’re considering for your facility.

Fluid Viscosity

Fluid viscosity is one factor that will determine what type of fluid handling pump you purchase.

For example, if you are handling low viscosity liquids, such as windshield fluid, motor oil, water-based solvents, antifreeze, and the like, a low-pressure diaphragm pump may be appropriate. For high viscosity liquids, you’ll need a pump specifically designed to handle those fluids in an efficient manner, as the material may prove to have too high of a viscosity for a low-pressure diaphragm pump.

The pressure output of your pump will determine its ability to handle varying degrees of fluid viscosity. Consult with a pump expert to pick the pump that is best equipped to handle your fluids.

Production Volume

Fluid handling pumps also vary by the amount of volume output they can generate per working cycle.

Most diaphragm pumps, for example, are suited for high volume transfer rates. Other pumps may be more suited to lower volume rates, which can coincide with highly viscous fluids. The production volume required for your particular application will help to determine which pumping system you ultimately select.

Pressure ratings are related to the area size of the fluid section vs the area size of the driving motor, be it air, hydraulic, or electric-driven. In most cases, higher pressure pumps deliver less volume per cycle than a low-pressure pump. To increase volume, a larger fluid section must be utilized. There are several sizes to choose from in low and high-pressure pumps regarding volume and pressure.  

Maintenance and Longevity

This last factor is underappreciated but very important, due to the cost of purchasing a new fluid pumping system.

When purchasing fluid handling pumps, it’s important to look at how much maintenance is typically required for the unit you’re considering. Some pumps are more expensive at first, which means a higher cost of acquisition, but they are more durable and require less overall maintenance, which means their cost of ownership is lower than a cheaper variant. The lower the cycle rate, the better.

Consult with experts at Dudley C. Jackson to learn more about obtaining the appropriate fluid handling pumps for your operations – to better ensure you have the equipment you need to get the job done.