A Magnetic Drive Pump, also commonly known as mag drive pumps for short features a set of magnets, one being the drive magnet on the outside of the pump chamber and the other being the internal magnet. They are used widely in the chemical industry due to their robust design making them ideal for handling highly corrosive fluids. A magnetic drive pump features a hermetically sealed chamber and sealless design, instead of a pump shaft running through the outer casing making it airtight and reducing the risk of leaked fluid or vapour. This is highly advantageous for companies pumping expensive chemical products that they can’t afford to risk leaking into the factory environment. There are also many different variations of mag drive pumps including Centrifugal, Regenerative Turbine, Vane, and OEM that combine these pumps working principles with the advantages of a mag drive pump.
Magnetic drive pumps work using two magnets working in tandem to push the liquid through the pump; the first magnet (‘external’
or ‘drive’ magnet) is attached to the motor shaft through the use of specialist adhesive or secured in place via grub screws. The second magnet is encapsulated in either high-grade thermoplastic or metal and is located within the pump. The two magnets are kept separated by a casing that also keeps the pumped medium contained. As power is supplied to the motor, the motor shaft rotation causes the attached external magnet to turn. The different polarities in the magnets result in the internal magnet rotating in unison with the external driving magnet. This internal magnet is coupled to the impeller inside the pump, which then pumps the liquid.
1. Leak-proof design, meaning there are never any hazardous chemical spills or expensive product waste with correct operation.
2. Reliable and very low maintenance thanks to their simple design.
3. The coupling is magnetic, so no need for motor/pump alignment procedures.
4. The design adheres to many strict environmental and safety objectives typically required by many regulations.
5. Less working parts for longer working life and easier stripping of the pump.
Here a Tapflo UK, our range of mag drive pumps can be used in almost any industry including both sanitary and industrial applications. Take a look at just how versatile these pumps can be below!
Stuck between a Mag Drive Pump and a Standard Centrifugal Pump? Don’t spend time trying to compare, we’ve got you covered! Have a read of our article comparing the two pumps to help you decide what you need, and whilst you’re at it, check out our post on Centrifugal Pumps: Everything You Need To Know!
The main difference between Tapflo’s Magnetically Driven Centrifugal Pump and Industrial Centrifugal Pump is how the power and speed from their motors are transmitted to the impeller. The CTM is magnetically driven, meaning that the motor shaft is connected to a magnetic coupling that has the impeller attached to it. The magnets installed on the drive magnet and impeller/magnet assemblies have different polarities which means when the motor shaft turns, it then forces the impeller magnet assembly to rotate within the pump volute. As there is no physical connection between the motor shaft and impeller assembly, the process fluid is retained within the pump head, therefore guaranteeing leak-free operation.
Our Industrial Centrifugal Pump, on the other hand, has its impeller directly coupled to the motor shaft which has a mechanical seal attached to it to protect the motor from ingress of the process fluid, like a traditional Centrifugal Pump. Although the pumps are quite similar in many aspects of their design and applications, there are some key differences to note when choosing your Tapflo Centrifugal Pump.
Tapflo’s Mag Drive Pump and CTI Pump are both Close-Coupled Centrifugal Pumps that can be supplied with either semi-open or closed impellers, whilst the Industrial Centrifugal Pump is also available with an open impeller for solids handling up to 6mm. Both of these compact pumps are ideal for applications requiring high mechanical and corrosion resistance, as the CTM is manufactured from Glass Fibre reinforced Polypropylene or PVDF, and the CTI is manufactured from Glass blasted Stainless Steel AISI 316L.
The Magnetically Driven Centrifugal also has the added benefit of all wetted components being manufactured from non-metallic injection moulded thermoplastics, which strengthens the excellent corrosion resistance of the pump. Designed with reliable Tapflo technology, the CTI and CTM (and other Tapflo Centrifugal Pumps) have fewer parts which ensure shorter downtimes and less maintenance.
Another feature of Tapflo’s Mag Drive is that it also has the added bonus of being a sealless pump, unlike the CTI that can be supplied with a variety of mechanical seals. Options include (but are not limited to) flushed seals which are recommended for applications involving sticky or abrasive fluids, or lubricated seals which are ideal for applications where there is a risk of dry running or the fluids solidifying within the pump. The benefit of the CTM being sealless means that it can be used within industries that need to reduce the risk of hazardous fluids leaking out of the pump, such as nuclear and chemical industries. This also means that there is no need for resins or glues to be used within the pump’s design, so the Mag Drive Pump can perform better and be safer at higher temperatures.
The Industrial Centrifugal Pump can be used for applications including:
The CTI can also be ATEX rated to allow it to be used for pumping diesel, petrol and Kerosene. The CTM can be used for applications specifically involving clean and thin liquids, such as alkalis and acids, or pure chemicals. For the full list of potential applications for the CTI Industrial Centrifugal Pump and CTM Magnetically Driven Centrifugal Pump, please visit their product pages.
Alternatively, Tapflo UK offers many other series’ of Centrifugal Pumps which can be accessed via our website, including the rest of our Tapflo range, Salvatore Robuschi Centrifugal Pumps or BBA Pumps’ Self-Priming Centrifugal Pump range.
If you’re looking for a reliable magnetic drive pump for your application, get in contact with Tapflo UK. We can assist with helping you find the ideal solution for your industry and environment and also offer bespoke pumps to help you meet your pumping operation requirements.
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