Chemical Pump Frequently Asked Questions
Chemical Pumps are required in a number of industries for various applications, that’s why Tapflo’s range is so extensive, whatever your requirement, we’ve got the flow solution. See our frequently asked Chemical Pump questions below for more information and our recommendations. If you have any additional questions, please let us know by using the live chat in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
A Brief History of the Chemical Industry
Before we discuss Chemical Pumps, let's tell you a bit about the history of the Chemical Industry! This industry has been around for thousands of years, with the industrial revolution leading to a rise in the chemical industry. The year 1740 saw the first Sulfuric Acid plants being built in Great Britain, with further buildings emerging in France, Russia and Germany over the following 70 years. Moving forward to the 19th Century, the production of synthetic dyes from coal tar became possible, leading to developments in organic chemistry.
After World War II, there was a change in industry production, shifting from organic chemicals to petrochemicals, which are from oil or natural gas. Over time, man-made fibres and synthetic fertilisers were introduced and advancements were made in the plastics industry, leading to further progress in the production of organic chemicals from oil and gas, with companies such as BP and Shell producing chemicals from petroleum. Now, there are chemical companies all around the world and the Chemical Industry is worth billions. With such a wide range of possible applications for a Chemical Pump, it is important that Tapflo UK can offer a variety of pumps.
Chemical Pump Frequently Asked Questions
What pump type is best used for pumping Chemicals?
Tapflo would typically recommend a seal less Magnetic Drive Pump or a Solid Block HDPE/PTFE Diaphragm Pump for chemicals.
We also supply the following for Chemical Pumps:
- - CTI Industrial Centrifugal Pump, also available as a Self-Priming Centrifugal Pump
- - Filter Press Diaphragm Pump (HDPE/PTFE or Metal)
- - Metal Diaphragm Pump
- - Vertical Immersion Centrifugal Pump (Stainless Steel or PP & PVDF)
- - Peristaltic Pump
What is the most important thing to consider when specifying a chemical pump?
Safety of the end user is paramount when selecting a pump for chemicals. If a leak should occur any hazardous chemicals could seriously harm the end user, this is why we supply additional safety features for added security such as the Tapflo Guardian System.
The Guardian System has been designed to work with all Tapflo Diaphragm Pumps to detect changing pressure within the pump. The change in pressure will then produce a reaction such a dry run and stop or dead head and restart. You can find a full list of functions over on the Guardian System product page.
What measures can be taken to ensure the end user is safe and the pump doesn’t leak?
Here at Tapflo we have a number of products that we can offer to ensure the product is contained. All of our Plastic Diaphragm Pumps are manufactured from solid block HDPE or PTFE rather than the industry standard and our diaphragms are bonded from 5 pieces of premium material and have a no-nut clean face! This ensures that a Plastic Diaphragm Pump is a suitable Chemical Pump because it has a strong chemical resistance.
Our Mag Drive Centrifugal Pumps are seal less meaning safe handling of hazardous fluids and a reduced risk of leaks! If that’s not enough, we can also supply barrier protection on all of our Diaphragm Pump range. This means the pump will have an additional set of diaphragms, in the case of a leak the fluid will stay contained in the pump rather than escaping via the air exhaust into the surrounding environment.
What’s the difference between solid block and moulded?
Great question! Moulding side housings are generally the industry standard within the Diaphragm Pump sector which means that the plastic is melted down and poured into a moulding, this can cause stress to the plastic and can destroy some of its original compounds. All of Tapflo's Plastic Diaphragm Pumps are machined from either solid block HDPE or PTFE meaning the original compounds are still intact resulting in a much higher resistance to harsh substances like chemicals, making them perfect for use as a Chemical Pump. Tapflo's AOD design also reduces the risk of leakages compared with a standard moulded plastic side housing.
Chemical Pump Case Study
Tapflo were recently approached by a large chemical manufacturer in the UK and asked to put forward a solution to pump hydrogen peroxide from large IBC’s into smaller containers. The pump they already had was oversized and causing the fluid to froth. The batcher they were using was also batching infrequent amounts and was unreliable.
Fluid: 6% Hydrogen Peroxide
Flow Rate: 20-25lpm
Pipe Work: 1”
Length of discharge: 10m
Suction Condition: 1.2M vertical 3M across
Pumping solution offered:
Materials: HDPE and PTFE
Accessories: Tapflo Pneumatic Batch Controller
Connection Size: ½” (1/2” bsp to 1” Tri-clamp adapter supplied at customer’s request)
The pump and batcher were hand delivered within one week of receiving the quotation and was commissioned and installed by one of our team. The pulsation has been significantly reduced meaning the product no longer froths and the batcher is pumping.