Pump Applications

Pumps are used for many different applications. Understanding which pump type you need for your application is very important. To help you out we have developed the Guide to Pumps Types. This guide will help you better understand the advantages and specifications for each pump type. In addition, we have developed some detailed descriptions for some of the most popular pump applications. Click on any of the following pump application links to read the details.

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  • API Process Pumps - designed to meet the 610 standard set by the American Petroleum Institute (API).

  • Boiler Feed Pumps - built to control the amount of water that enters a boiler. They are centrifugal pumps, and most are multistage.

  • Borehole Pumps - made to pump liquid from a borehole.

  • Chemical Pumps - built to handle abrasive and corrosive industrial materials. They can either centrifugal or positive displacement type.

  • Circulator Pumps - used to circulate fluid through a closed or looped system. They are usually centrifugal pumps, but a few use positive displacement technology.

  • Dewatering Pumps - a de-watering process involves using a centrifugal pump (submersible or vertical turbine) to remove water from a construction site, pond, mine shaft, or any other area.

  • Drill Pumps - a type of pump powered by attaching an electric power drill.

  • Drum Pumps - used to empty fluid from barrels or drums. They can be a small centrifugal pump used for thin liquids or for more viscous fluids a progressive cavity or piston pump can be used.

  • Fire Pumps - a type of centrifugal pump used for fire fighting. They are generally horizontal split case, end suction or vertical turbine.

  • Flooded Suction Pumps - include a suctioned chamber that is always full of the fluid being pumped.

  • High Pressure Pumps - used in many applications including water blast, hydro-mining, and jet cutting. They can be a wide variety of pumps types including positive displacement pumps, rotary pumps and reciprocating pumps, or centrifugal pumps.

  • Industrial Pumps - used in industrial applications such as slurry, wastewater, industrial chemicals, oil and gas, etc. There are dozens of different industrial pumps both in positive displacement and centrifugal pump types.

  • Irrigation Pumps - usually some form of centrifugal pump type. They are often used for agriculture application where water needs to be moved from a water source to dry land.

  • Marine Pumps - built to pump sea water. They are often used in large salt water tanks to continuously circulated water so it stays fresh.

  • Mixed Flow Pumps - incorporate the features of both axial flow pumps and radial flow pumps. Axial flow pumps operate on a vertical plane and radial flow operate on a horizontal plane to the flow direction of water.

  • Mud Pumps - built to transfer heavy sludge or mud. Some larger versions are used to pressure. They are sometimes used on oil rigs to pressurize and circulate fluid.

  • Paint Pumps - built to dispense paint, either for direct application or into a separate paint container. They are used in many applications including electric paint sprayers.

  • Petrochemical Pumps - made to transfer petroleum products that are often very viscous and corrosive. They can be magnetic drive pumps, diaphragm pumps, piston pumps and others.

  • Pneumatic Pumps - uses compressed air to pressurize liquid through the piping system.

  • Pond Pumps - used in gardens, fish pools, ponds, and fountains to prevent water from becoming stagnant. The two main types include submersible pumps and external pumps.

  • Pool Pumps - used to circulate the water in a pool.

  • Pressure Pumps - used to create either high or low pressure. They can be metering pumps, and sometimes booster pumps.

  • Process Pumps - are many times centrifugal pumps or positive displacement pumps used in process applications. The type of pump and construction details vary depending on the application in which these pumps are used.

  • Pump Companies - manufacturer and sell pumps. They can include manufacturers, distributors or representatives.

  • Pump Distributors - businesses that sell pumps, made by pump manufacturers. They are private businesses that often sell several different product lines.

  • Pump Manufacturers - companies that research, engineer, test, and manufacturer pumps. Some sell direct, and some also utilize distributors and reps to sell and service their pumps.

  • Pump Suppliers - sell and service pumps. They can include distributors, reps, or manufacturers.

  • Sanitary Pumps - a type of pump used to transport fluids that must be processed for sanitary standards. They are designed to meet regulatory requirements.

  • Sewage Pumps - considered submersible pumps and they are mostly used to pump sewage to a waste treatment facility.

  • Sludge Pumps - used to pump waste fluids with high solids content. They can be positive displacement (progressive cavity) or centrifugal pumps.

  • Slurry Pumps - a heavy duty pump that is made to handle thick, abrasive slurries. They are made of durable materials, and capable of handling abrasive fluids for long periods of time.

  • Solar Pumps - powered by the sun. They can be PD pumps or centrifugal pumps.

  • Sprinkler Pumps - work within a sprinkler system. They are the mechanism that creates pressure to move the water through the system.

  • Transfer Pumps - used to move a fluid from one receptacle to another. They are used in residential, commercial or agriculture applications where a fluid needs to be moved from one tank to another.

  • Trash Pumps - Trash pumps are a type of pump used to handle fluids containing solid content such as mud, trash, fish, or waste products. They are also referred to as grinder pumps, chopper pumps, or sludge pumps.

  • Utility Pumps - a type of submersible pump used to remove water from an area, often times after a flood. They are used in industrial, residential and agricultural applications.

  • Wastewater Pumps - used to move wastewater toward or within a waste treatment facility.

  • Water Pumps - a type of equipment used to move water through a piping system. They rely upon principles of displacement, gravity, suction, and vacuums to move water. They can be both positive displacement or centrifugal pumps.

  • Well Pumps - designed to draw water to the surface from an underground water source. Depending on the well depth and configuration, they pumps can be jet pumps, centrifugal pumps, or submersible pumps.