Purchasing a new fluid transfer pump is not a decision that should be taken lightly. This type of apparatus is generally used in the transportation of corrosive chemicals, and so it is extremely important to have the right equipment for the job.
There are a number of factors which will affect what you will be looking for in a fluid transfer pump. For instance, there are different types of pumps which may or may not be suitable for your own specific needs. The choice will usually be between dynamic or displacement pumps, each with its own relative advantages. The dynamic pump will use the fluid’s own velocity to push it through a pressure controlled outlet port. Conversely, a displacement pump functions through compression, altering the volume of fluid present in a unique transfer chamber.
You may in fact find that a hand operated pump would work best, especially if you plan to transfer fluids from a large storage facility or container into a smaller sized vessel. The idea is that by having a greater degree of control over how the fluids are to be dispensed, there will be less risk of waste. Not only is this a cost saver, but it can also prevent potentially harmful accidents that have been known to occur when using simple tap based technology.
Another important consideration is what material you wish your fluid transfer pump to be constructed out of. This is of course determined by what type of liquid you plan to shift, and whether versatility is necessary as you’ll be transferring a number of different fluids. For those looking to transfer harsh chemicals, the best option is a polypropylene construction, approved by the FDA for use in such circumstances. Also, polypropylene based pumps allow all metal components to be phased out, so there is no risk of them wearing down over the long term.
Other factors you should always bear in mind include the capability of your desired pump to withstand your desired level of pressure and flow, and its suitability for the future demands of your industry. After all there is no sense in having to upgrade every time production increases, so it must be appropriate for all foreseeable requirements.
In short, if you know exactly what you want from your fluid transfer pump and you make sure to investigate the make-up and capacity of all available options you’ll find something that works for you. Combine this with the right type of pump for your industry and you will be pumping smoothly all year round.