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Important Chemical Considerations for Industrial Pumps

By | May 7, 2021

When choosing between chemical drum pumps, there are a number of important considerations you need to keep in mind. From CPVC to high-temp polypropylene and from aluminum to stainless steel, industrial pumps can be constructed from a range of materials and in a variety of sizes. The one best suited for your applications may depend less on the grade of material than on the compatibility between the chemicals at play in order to prevent corrosion or impurities.

Before ordering or applying for industrial drum pumps, consider these operational attributes:

Flammability – Take extra care with flammable chemicals or liquids while pumping. In order to prevent static discharge, ensure that the container and industrial pump are bonded and grounded. Only use explosion proof motors, suitable metallic pump tubes, and discharge hose and nozzles when working with combustible or flammable materials.

Temperature – The temperature of chemicals used in your application will also affect the type of industrial pumps required. Polypropylene, for example, has a maximum temperature threshold of 130 degrees Fahrenheit (55 Celsius), though high-temp PHT can withstand up to 175F (80C). Stainless steel, aluminum, and CPVC also have maximums of 175F/80C.

Volume – Different pump styles can produce different flow rates, measured in gallons per minute (GPM). You’ll want to consider both the volume of liquid you’ll need to pump throughout the day and whether that flow is continuous or intermittent. Removing liquid from a 55-gallon barrel is much easier when using a drum pump.

Sanitary Requirements – Remember that for beverages, foods, cosmetics, and drugs, a food-grade sanitary pump is likely required. These are no small markets, either: the soft drink industry produces an annual $60 billion in sales, while cosmetics come in at $56.6 billion of revenue each year. Check to see if your application requires 3A certification.

Any chemicals involved in your operation should be handled with care. Make sure that the drum pump you use protects both your workers and your materials. Select the product and model that’s best suited to your needs by taking the time to consider your project from all angles.

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