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Considerations to Make When Buying Pumps

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The world’s largest national producer of chemical products is the United States. The chemical output was estimated to be worth $770 billion. Meanwhile, the American soft drinks industry brings in $60 billion every year. Water is one of the most precious liquids on the planet. Water technology exports from the United States are estimated to be valued at $2.7 billion. Storing and extracting from storage all of this liquids requires barrels and a variety of pumps. There are sanitary drum pumps, pail and bottle pumps. They can be power pumps, safety pumps or manual pumps. What kind do you need?

When you are picking what kind of sanitary drum pump, for example, that you need, you first need to determine what you are going to be pumping.

  • Some questions you should ask are:
  • What chemicals will be pumped?
  • How thick is the liquid?
  • How big are your storage containers?
  • What is the fitting?
  • What are the chemical compatibilities of the liquid?
  • Is there a food grade?

Here are some considerations to make when picking the right pump for your liquid.

How compatible is your liquid with the parts that will come in contact with it? Look over the Material Data Safety Sheet (MSDS) to make sure there are no problems that will arise when your liquid contacts the pump, the storage tank or any other part of the mechanism.

The thickness of your liquid matters. This is often referred to as the liquid’s centipose, which measures the liquid’s viscosity.

Determine your dispensing requirements. How much liquid needs to be dispensed per minute or per hour, conversely this is measured per stroke. You need to decide how quickly the liquid needs to be pumped. A hand sanitary drum pump will have a preset amount that they will be able to pump per stroke. The endurance and strength of the person doing the pumping is the determining factor for how fast the liquid can be pumped. A power sanitary drum pump has some real advantages here in that there is one set pump speed. This is measured in gallons per minute. The determining factor here is the centipose of the liquid.

If there is a food grade requirement, there are restrictions on these substances. These do not just apply to beverages or food liquids but other regulated liquids. There are both power and manual pumps that work for liquids with a food grade.

How big are the storage tanks that you are using? Here you need to know a few other things:

Do you have more than one sized storage container? If you do, you should look for an electric pump or manual pump that can be used on all of the sizes of storage tanks that you have. This will save you the hassle of getting more than one sanitary drum pump.

Do you plan to pump a lot of the same liquid? If you have a variety of liquids that you need to pump, you may need a different kind of pump than if you only have the same kind to work with.

Are you moving your liquid from one tank to another? Where you are moving the liquid matters. This will impact the speed at which you pump so that you do not waste anything that you are pumping.

Do you want a power pump? Do you need a manual pump? The location of your pumping may determine what kind of pumping you can do. Power pumps comes in electric and air but there are times when you will have to use a manual sanitary drum pump, for instance, that is powered by the person doing the pumping. It might not always be possible to get an electric drum pump even when that would be preferable.

When you are looking into sanitary pumps, you have a lot of things to consider before you buy them. As you can see, you have a lot of things to consider. The really good news is that no matter what kind of pump you decide that you need, using one will make it infinitely easier to get liquid from any kind of container. Do some research and consider what you are moving and you will get the right pump for your needs.

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