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Industrial Pumps

What is an industrial pump?

In industry, there are many applications that require fluid to be moved from one location to another. Whether the company processes water, oil, industrial chemicals, wastewater, sludge, slurry, or liquid food products, pumps are needed to process the fluids, to move them from place to place, and to accelerate them when they need to move at high rates of flow.

Types of industrial pumps

Because there are so many different types of fluids used in industrial applications, industrial pumps come in all shapes and sizes. Many are positive displacement pumps, including both rotary pumps and reciprocating pumps which use action to move fluids at steady rates with high degrees of pressure. These include a vast range of pump types such as piston pumps, diaphragm pumps, screw pumps, gear pumps, peristaltic pumps, progressive cavity pumps, and many others.

There are also centrifugal pumps, which use a rotating impeller to accelerate a fluid and increase its pressure. There are many other types of pumps that are named based upon the functions they perform—including concrete pumps, slurry pumps, paint pumps, grinder pumps, and many others. The only types of pumps not used in for industrial purposes are those specifically designed for medical, scientific, or household usage, although many of the basic pumping mechanisms are the same.

Here are a few industrial pump manufacturers to consider.

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J. Hamilton Wright shows us some of the benefits that self-priming, centrifugal pumps can offer in industrial plants.

Deciphering centrifugal pump suction conditions

Centrifugal pumps can sometimes be noisy, perform poorly, break shafts, and cause other problems. This is often due to one of many pump suction conditions.

Understanding Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH)

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Wastecorp Pumps announces new pumps for marine sanitation and bilge pumping

Just in time for boating season, Wastecorp Pumps recently debuted a new pump product line designed for marine sanitation and bilge pumping.

Pentair buys Tyco's flow control business

In a move that combines two of the biggest players in water and fluid products systems, Pentair recently announced that it’s combining its operations with Tyco's flow control business. The Associated Press reported that the deal is worth about $4.53 billion.

Grundfos partners with Kansas City Royals

Grundfos is now the official pump and pump systems provider for the Kansas City Royals.

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NETZSCH Mohnopumpen GmbH introduces a new version of its TORNADO rotary lobe pump. The new lobe pump is built to have a long service life and virtually eliminates any possibility of transmission damage due to leakage or contamination.

Chilean pump manufacturer Neptuno Pumps has been awarded a contract to supply a dozen vertical turbine pumps for a reclaim water system project at a copper mine in Chile.

KSB introduces immersion variant of high-pressure pump. The new pump, called Movitec VCl, is a vertical, multistage centrifugal pump that can be used for handling coolants, condensate and lubricants for machine tools. The pump has a max flow rate of 27 m3/hr and the maximum discharge head is 250 m.

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