Archive for March, 2012

What You should know about Booster Pumps

Monday, March 19th, 2012

A booster pump is used to increase low system pressure. Aside from it being easy to install and use, booster pumps are commonly used in water systems where contamination is low and can be applied to commercial, industrial, military and residential purposes.

How a booster pump works

The pump involves priming, in which the fluid is introduced into the chamber to allow the needed pressure differential for pumping at a given rate. A self-priming booster pump enables and ensures adequate vacuum level to accumulate fluid into an orifice by itself.

Depending on its use, a booster pump can transport various types of media. Among the materials used to raise system pressure are the following:

  • Ash
  • Saltwater
  • Sludge
  • Waste-water
  • Gasoline, diesel fuel and other lubricants
  • Other chemicals and coolants

Booster pumps can be made of stainless steel, aluminum, plastic, bronze, cast iron or brass. It operates on the following power sources:

  1. AC/DC voltage
  2. Hydraulic systems
  3. Gasoline/diesel fuel
  4. Steam
  5. Solar power

Structure and features of a booster pump

Booster pumps come with rotor assembly that is either in a vertical or horizontal position depending on the media’s orientation.  The pump end, which is found on the motor shaft, is mounted by close-coupled pumps while the one that is on a bearing frame attached to the motor is mounted by frame-mounted pumps.

A booster pump may come with the following features:

  • Multi-stage pump function. Pump draws compressed fluid from the first phase to consequent pressurization stages or chambers to allow higher pressure levels.
  • Pressure gauge. This feature is typically present in both single and multi-stage booster pumps.
  • Self-priming option. Pump operates without external lubrication for a given period of time.
  • Thermal overload protection. Pump runs continuously at a given rate.

Different type of booster pumps

There are some booster pumps that are created for special applications.

  • Wash down duty pumps. These booster pumps work better in wet and humid conditions such as in dairy plants and other food processing industries.
  • Sanitary pumps. This type of booster pump satisfies stringent sanitary guidelines with different classifications, among which include 3A, FDA and USDA.
  • Non-clog pumps. These pumps are designed to pump slurry materials that may clog other kinds of booster pumps.
  • Hygienic pumps. They are fully sealed to get rid of contamination or leakage. These pumps are made of stainless steel, such that it can resist corrosion.
  • Explosion-proof pumps. This type of booster pump shields parts that may cause ignition of the transfer media and/or its surrounding atmosphere.

What you should know before Buying a Transfer Pump

Monday, March 5th, 2012

A transfer pump is used to perform oil transfers on a regular basis. These are relied upon by many automotive, petroleum and other industrial companies.

Purchasing transfer pumps

Because transfer pumps come in different varieties, there are several things that you need to keep in mind if you are looking to purchase one. It is important to make a careful and thorough research in order to find a transfer pump that best suits your needs.Here are several things you need to look into before settling for a transfer pump:

  • Size. If you are dealing with a large amount of fluid to pump, you will need to consider the size.
  • Pump speed. This feature helps you determine how much liquid can be pumped at a given time. Usually, the pump speed varies on how the transfer pump is designed.
  • Warranty. This feature is what you should also pay close attention to. Why? This gives you an idea the extent and length of time you will be covered in case your transfer pumps experiences problems. Most pump sellers guarantee a warranty of up to a year for its parts.
  • Type of transfer pump. Whether you are looking to buy a diesel transfer pump or a condensation pump, it pays to be extra particular and give more attention to detail about the device specifications. By looking through different types of transfer pumps, you can be able to find the one that is best for you.

Keep in mind that when buying a transfer pump, you want to make sure that you are getting the best value for your money. It is important to arrive at a buying decision in which both quality and price are not compromised from each other.

What to do when deciding on the type of transfer pumps to buy

Uncertain on what type of transfer pumps to buy? Searching online will be your first step. There are many different transfer pump manufacturers and retailers for you to choose from. Product reviews are also available online which can be very helpful in your selection. When taking consideration reviews, make sure to carefully weigh both the positive and negative points to come up with the right choice.

Again, thorough research is your reliable way to getting the best transfer pump. Although it can take time, the banes can be far below the gains.