PumpScout Expert Advice

Pump Expert Advice

We've organized some of the leading pump experts to share their advice on pumps and systems. These experts have written articles about their experiences and advice on saving time, reducing costs, and improving pump and system reliability. Have an article you want to include in this section? Send your ideas to editors-at-pumpscout.com.

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AODD Pumps for Biodiesel Applications

Biodiesel is growing in popularity as an important alternative energy source to petroleum-based fuel. Learn more about why AODD pumps are becoming industry standard for biodiesel applications.  

Progressive Cavity Pumps Proven for Pumping Pre-Dough

IsernHäger designs machine-controlled pre- and sour-dough systems for its clients. The company found success with KNOLL progressive cavity pumps for one client who required an all-in-one custom design.

Close-Coupled Horizontal Centrifugal Pump for Water Lime Concentration

After frequent, recurring repairs for their frame-mounted pump, a Rhode Island company turned to the Delta Pump Group to suggest a better alternative for pumping water lime concentration.

Progressive Cavity Pumps Provide Solution for Water Treatment

After multiple diaphragm pump failures, the Moores Bridges Water Treatment Plant switched from Hydraulic Diaphragm Metering pumps to Progressive Cavity pumps and saved thousands each year in repairs. 

How to Minimize Friction Losses with AODD Pumps

Friction loss can occur in a piping system for a number of reasons. Identifying potential areas of friction loss and solving them can help increase a piping system's efficiency and effectiveness. Read more to learn how to reduce friction loss in your system. 

Peristaltic Pumps Ideal for Paper Industry

Dye dosing and starch recirculation are two common processes in the paper industry that require shear sensitive, accurate, and cost efficient pumps. A pump expert from Watson-Marlow explains the requirements of the paper industry and how peristaltic pumps can fulfill them. 

Yamada Expert Answers Common AODD Pump Questions

There is a lot of misinformation regarding air operated diapraghm pumps. In this article, a Yamada pump expert answers frequently asked questions about AODD pump flow, energy cost, and efficiency.  

Granco Ball Pump: Efficient and Simple Alternative to Gear and Vane Pumps

Granco ball pumps are completely unique from any other positive displacement technology and can be used in a variety of applications to pump everything from clean water to cold grease. 

Large Blade Submersible Mixers Increase Efficiency, Save Money

Mixing technology has come a long way since the first submersible mixers were introduced in the early 1960s. Today, large blade/slow speed mixers offer high efficiency and low maintenance performance. 

Seal-less Pumps Provide Leak-Free Resin Handling

Leak-free operation is a necessity for resin transfer. Seal-less pump technology provides a solution that is both cost-effective and environmentally conscious. Read more about historical pump types and methods for resin-handling applications and how seal-less pumps can offer an alternative.

Single-Use Pumps Meet Biopharmaceutical Industry Challenges

The development and purification of biologics in the biopharmaceutical industry present several challenges for pump manufacturers. Single-use positive quaternary diaphragm pumps are the most effective and cost-efficient pumping system for these applications. This article explains the challenge and how single-use technology addresses it. 

How to Read and Use a Pump Curve

Pump curves contain essential information for specifying and operating pumps, but they can also be confusing even for seasoned engineers. Learn basic pump curve elements and how to apply them to pump performance and pump selection. This article will show you how. 

Tips for Selecting the Right Pump

There are many factors to proper pump selection, which aims to give the end user the best pump performance and value for their money in any given application. By examining overall operating cost, maintenance, and reliability, users can avoid common pitfalls of pump selection. Read this article to learn how.

ANSI Centrifugal Pumps Offer Speed and Reliability in Oil & Gas Operations

Recent growth in oilfield operations has led to immediate demand for efficient pumps. ANSI centrifugal pumps provide high-quality perfomance in challenging conditions and ready availability from select manufacturers. 

Solid-Body AODD Pumps Ideal for Transfer of Hazardous Chemicals

Sulfiric acid is used in many industrial applications and requires specialized pumping equipment to handle safely. This article describes the various factors involved in selecting the right pump for hazardous fluid transfer and reccomends AODD pumps as a safe solution. 

Basics of Magnetic Drive Pump Technology

Article by the lead product engineer at Price Pump Company discusses some of the basic features and advantages of magnetic drive pumps.

Pump Maintenance Essential for the Chemical Processing Industry

Chemical processing pumps operate in extremely harsh and relentless conditions; mandatory maintenance of pumps essential to the process, such as transfer pumps, not only improves pump performance but also extends pump life long term and creates a healthier working environment for employees. This article outlines maintenance schedules and what to look for. 

Air Operated Diaphragm Pumps Offer Reliability and Easy Maintenance

Air operated diaphragm pumps offer many advantages including easily repair and maintenance. They remain an ideal choice for commercial and industrial applications transferring a wide variety of fluids, including fuels, glues, resins, inks, and food-based or cosmetic liquids.

AODD Pumps Conquer Challenges of Latex Emulsion-Handling

Latex emulsions are difficult to blend and transport, requiring high levels of precision in the manufacturing and handling processes. Nearly every pump type has been unable to provide total coverage for every concern associated with transporting latex emulsions except air operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps.

Total Terminal Transfer with Sliding Vane Pumps

The liquid-terminal industry transfers millions of gallons of raw materials every day. Article discusses how the use of positive displacement sliding vane pumps can significantly decrease the transfer loss, while improving efficiency and safety.

Metering Pumps: The Lowdown on Turndown

Outrageous claims are often made about the turndown capabilities of various pumping technologies, and their ability to act as metering pumps. This paper presents data to clarify turndown, its unbreakable bond to accuracy, and the real benefit of turndown to a process.

Rotary Lobe Pump Innovation

In designing the TORNADO® T2 rotary lobe pump, NETZSCH engineers challenged the traditional conceptions of rotary pump design in an effort to increase pump reliability, ease of maintenance, performance, and decrease cost. Read about the innovation they discovered.

Finding the Right Submersible Pump

The appeal of a submersible pump comes in part from the ability to simply drop the pump into either a tank or sump without worrying about the structural integrity. However, despite the ease of installation, the submersible pump is the one of the most misused pumps on the market, largely due to its cost effectiveness in comparison to a vertical unit.

Sliding Vane Pumps Ideal for Oil & Refined-Fuel Applications

U.S. oil production is the highest it has been in 15 years. Recognition of the best pump types for oil and refined-fuel applications is more important than ever. This article explores why sliding vane pump technology has been a preferred choice for over 100 years.

Pump Types Guide - Find the right pump for the job

There are lots of pump types available, but which one is right for you? Understanding which pump type you need for your application is critical for reducing costs and increasing the life of your pump and system. We've worked with leading pump experts to put together this comprehensive guide to the most popular pump types.

5 key tips for specifying a pump

The days when pump system designers were forced to compromise with standard products that couldn’t be modified to their specific applications are long gone. Now customizing your pump to perform perfectly in a system is the norm. The key to finding the right pump for the job involves first understanding the pumps and then asking the right questions.

Deciphering centrifugal pump suction conditions

Centrifugal pumps can sometimes be noisy, perform poorly, break shafts or show other problems. Many times this is due to a pump suction condition. Read about several causes of these problems.

Gear pump sizing tips and advice

Though gear pumps may seem simple enough, it actually takes five pump curves to correctly size them for your application. Understanding each of these curves will help you select the right gear pump for the job.

Vertical Turbine Pumps - Advice on buying and installing

Understanding a few key factors before buying and installing a vertical turbine pump, can prevent a lot of problems and unnecessary maintenance costs. Author provides some advice when shopping for and installing each of the vertical turbine pump's four main components, including: motor, discharge head, bowl assembly, and column & lineshaft.

Why centrifugal pumps break shafts and how to prevent it

Broken shafts are a regular occurrence when operating a centrifugal pump, but it doesn't have to be. This article highlights why pump shafts break and what can be done to prevent the damage from happening.