Valveless Metering to Help Combat Toxic Algae Blooms

Algae is a natural part of our world, its genus comprises organisms that vary from small, singled-celled forms to complex multicellular entities. Algae is prolific and can be found in most environments, from freshwater to hot springs, highly acidic fluids, even snow and ice. Normally, algae serve an important purpose in aquatic life by providing organic matter at the base of the food chain and by producing oxygen. However, toxic algae can form and create Harmful Algal Blooms or HABs which grow and thrive in warm, calm, nutrient-rich water. Under these conditions, the algae bloom produce toxins, which can be harmful to people, animals, fisheries, and wreak havoc on entire ecosystems. One of the main sources that contribute to HABs is the effluent produced by wastewater treatment plants. The effluent contains high levels of ammonia, which through a process of bacterial degradation is converted to nitrates. Many wastewater treatment plants use a process known as “denitrification”, in which nitrates are reduced to nitrogen gas. The gas can then be vented into the atmosphere instead of being released into waterways.  There are several common denitrification processes, including pre-treatment basins, aeration tanks, and blowers. However, one of the most cost-effective options is with the use of methanol.

Methanol is most commonly known as a fuel, but it’s also highly prized by industry for the many methanol derivatives that it’s used to make. Methanol is a volatile; it’s colorless, flammable, and biodegradable, and in wastewater applications it acts as the carbon source that breaks down the nitrates.

Because of its volatility, wastewater treatment facilities that use methanol will also need to select metering pumps that are specially designed monitoring to dispense the chemical. They must have features such as chemical compatibility of wetted parts and electrical ratings for the area where the pump is being installed.

Ideally suited for the metering of methanol and many other chemicals is our CeramPump® line of valveless metering pumps. This innovative product has only one moving part and is constructed from inert and corrosion resistant ceramic parts, which provides a number of advantages. It is highly reliable and extremely precise, with an output variation of only ±1% of set value. This level of precision makes CeramPump® well suited to the low flow volume requirements in industrial and wastewater treatment applications.

To learn more about our CeramPump® valveless metering pump, visit our website and how it can help with your analytic instrumentation applications needs. We also post more industry news and company updates on our Twitter and LinkedIn.

3 Challenges that Affect Food Consistency

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, per-capita global food consumption will rise from the 2015 amount of 2940 kilocalories per day to 3050 by 2030 (3050 kilocalories = 0.871 lbs.). Now consider that the world population will grow to approximately 8.5 billion by 2030. This means that globally food producers will need to provide almost 4.9 million tons of food per day.

To keep up with the rising demand, it goes without saying that the food industry must ensure that its products are safe and nutritious. This means that food manufacturers will have to economically provide food recipes that are repeatable and consistent. Quality, flavor, and shelf-life are the three factors that have the greatest effect on the profitability of modern food production. To maintain each factor, recipes must have ingredients that are precisely metered.

  1. Quality – Consumers demand high-quality food and manufacturers can implement a variety of measures to ensure it. Additions of flavors, colors, preservatives, and vitamins are typically added to improve the quality of food. These ingredients are often in a concentrated form, which must be accurately added to ensure consistency and avoid waste of the ingredient. The FMI valveless metering pumps provide the precision required to maintain a high level of quality; They are designed to provide flawless consistency and a long service life, making quality much easier to achieve.

 

  1. Flavor – Visual and taste consistency is incredibly important in the food industry. Food has to look appetizing to convince consumers to purchase it. For example, cherry Italian ice must always appear red. The FDA closely monitors food and color additives, including what foods it may be added to and the maximum amount that may be used. Food manufacturers must accurately measure small amounts of additives to ensure the desired effect is achieved without going over, and most importantly, this must be consistently applied to each batch. This can be achieved with our valveless metering pumps. They are engineered to be extremely precise, with accuracy held from microliters to the full flow range.

 

  1. Shelf-life – Many items are processed to improve shelf life, either with preservatives or with aseptic processing. Aseptic processing requires sterilizing food and the package to create a safe, ready-to-eat food. This process depends upon a metering pump to provide a continuous flow of the product through a holding tube. Our CeramPump® technology is specially designed for food and other OEM industry applications. It has only one move part, a rotating and reciprocation ceramic piston, providing an accurate, continuous flow. This means constancy and reliability.

To learn more about how our metering pumps can help the food industry, visit our website. We also post more food industry news and company updates on our Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

Solving the Mystery of How our Valveless Piston Pumps Work

At Fluid Metering Inc., we’ve been on the forefront of metering pump and dispenser design for over half a century. Adding to our list of achievements is our patented CeramPump® line of valveless piston pumps represents true innovation in metering pump technology. The design is valveless because it utilizes one moving part to provide both the metering and valving functions. With a design as groundbreaking as this we get a lot of questions such as, “how does it work?” and “what makes it better than other pump technologies?” To answer these questions, we released a new video featuring a 3D animation of the metering and dosing action so customers can see exactly how our pump works and learn how it can benefit their application.

How It Works

The valveless design uses just one moving part to accomplish all fluid control tasks. It consists of a piston with simultaneous, synchronous rotating and reciprocating action. A flat is machined onto the piston, as it rotates within the flow the flat acts as the valve opening and closing the inlet and outlet ports of the pump. At the same time, the reciprocating action provides the pumping function. The metering flow rate is from 0-100% and is adjusted by setting the angle of the pump head relative to the drive. The adjustment varies the piston stroke length, and in turn, the volume pumped per stroke.

The internal components are composed of sapphire-hard ceramic which delivers a high level of dimensional stability. This means high precision dosing, extreme wear resistance, and chemically inert characteristics.

Benefits of a Valveless Pump

The unique technology of the valveless pump means that customers will receive a more accurate pump, with a longer service life, that won’t need to be recalibrated. Traditional metering systems utilize valves and many more moving parts that wear overtime, even during normal operation. This means that recalibration and system failure is a way of life. Users must keep spare parts on hand and track wear and calibration activities to ensure uninterrupted service.

Our valveless design has fewer moving parts which equal less wear, and less wear means less downtime. Because ceramic parts are more wear resistant than other materials, our pumps can last for millions of dispenses providing the same precision every time. CeramPump® metering pumps are ideal for R&D laboratory, instrumentation, industrial process, and environmental applications. To find the pump that best suits your application, visit our website or contact us directly. We also post more Fluid Metering news on our Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

Conquering the Challenges of Metering Concentrated Chemicals

Why metering highly concentrated chemicals are being used more frequently?

Various industries are seeing a dramatic increase in their use of high-concentration chemicals for countless different applications. For example, Pesticide & mosquito sprayers have found that the cost of transporting and storing large amounts of dilute malathion is significantly higher than shipping small concentrated volumes and diluting them on-site. The same is true for sodium hypochlorite, a disinfectant chemical used for water treatment, and industrial cleaning chemicals like the ones used in automatic car wash equipment. In most cases, users of dilute chemicals find that they are basically paying to ship and store large drums of chemicals that consist mostly of water.

The power generation industry also utilizes low-flow process metering of concentrated chemicals for many different applications, such as metering bromine into cooling towers for algae control, injecting hydrazine into boiler feed-lines for corrosion management, and more recently, a number of fuel cell fluidic applications.

However, metering chemicals at high concentrations comes with many challenges. As the concentration increases, the chemical feed rates must significantly decrease. At these low flows, the metering precision and long-term accuracy become more difficult to achieve. High-concentration chemicals typically have intensified corrosive properties to contend with as well.

The CeramPump® from Fluid Metering, Inc. having chemically inert, sapphire-hard ceramic internals can accommodate all of these application challenges. The valveless design, having only one moving part made of sapphire-hard ceramics, will maintain drift-free accuracy of better than 1% for millions of maintenance-free cycles, without the need for recalibration. These features make the CeramPump® ideal for low and micro-volume process applications. In addition, long-term drift-free accuracy makes the CeramPump® metering pumps especially suited for low flow process metering of concentrated chemicals applications. These chemical metering pumps are available in a variety of configurations ranging from simple lab pumps to complete programmable metering and dispensing systems, as well as many compact OEM designs for medical, analytical, and process instrumentation. Click on the video below to see how our pump works.

 

For assistance with a specific application use our “Live Help” at http://fluidmetering.com for a direct connection to Fluid Metering’s application experts, or use our secure Application Request Form to provide us with details of your project. One of our specialists will contact you to target a solution.

Precision Dispensing at IFT 14 Annual Meeting & Food Expo New Orleans June 22-24, 2014.

For the food industry, The IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo brings together professionals involved in both the science and the business of food. And this year, FMI is excited to be showcasing our products at the show. Attendees can find us at booth 4757, Fluid metering will be showcasing the PDS-100 Programmable Dispensing System, ideal for Dispensing Vitamins, Colors, Flavors, Fragrances, Preservatives, Enzymes, Candy Polishing, Aseptic PKG., Agri-Chem, CIP Chemicals, and much more…

The PDS100 system features our patented CeramPump valveless fluid technology and is available in single and dual pump head configurations. It is capable of dispensing or pumping fluids ranging from 2.5 uL per dispense or 8 uL/min continuous and up to 1536 mL/min into pressures ranging from 10 psi to 100 psi.

To make an appointment to see Fluid Metering application spetialist at IFT 2014, send an email to Herb.Werner@fmipump.com 

Be sure to follow us on Twitter for information about IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo and visit our website at http://www.fluidmetering.com to see all the trade shows we’ll be attending this year. To learn more about our metering pumps, including the PDS-100 you can use our live chat feature to speak with an application specialist.

4 Useful tips to help you make the most out of your MD&M East 2014 Show visit

ImageThis year, Fluid Metering, Inc. (FMI) celebrates its 55th year exhibiting at key industry trade exhibitions worldwide. This week FMI will participate in the MD&M East Exhibition, acclaimed to be the largest Medical Technology conference on the East Coast, which takes place June 10-12 in at the Javits Center in New York City. In Booth #765, FMI’s veteran application specialists will accompany their eye-catching, interactive display of valveless metering pumps and dispensers, welcoming visitors with product demonstrations as well as offering solutions to new applications. We at FMI would like to share a few basic tips to help potential visitors get the most from attending a trade show. Having a strategy and knowing what you would like to accomplish before, during, and after the show will help maximize efficiency, save time, and help you achieve your goals. Consider the following helpful planning tips:

  1. Skip the lines with pre-registration
    The MD&M East shows provide multiple ways to pre-register. This will allow you to bypass the badging process and head straight through the doors with little wait. For pre-registration and free hall admission (a $95 value register) online at MDMeast.com using Fluid Metering’s source code: BZ. You will also be first in line for the latest show news, offers and benefits via e-alerts. You will invariably receive full show previews in advance plus invitations to networking events and details of special show promotions
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  2. ImageUse Event Apps for Effective Planning
    While digital editions are a common format for producing show guides and show dailies, event apps are becoming another popular platform to increase your trade show productivity. Here are our favorites:
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    • ImageThe MD&M East online Event Planner and Mobile App
      Create a personalized agenda of people you want to meet, presentations you don’t want to miss and more – all from your desktop. Then, download the companion mobile app to your smartphone so you can have your plan in hand.
      With this app you can connect with other attendees and find the suppliers you are looking for. You can even search by keywords, areas of interest, or company name and send them a message or request a meeting at the event. Additionally, you can search exhibitor listings, get full event schedule, floorplan maps,speaker listings and a lot more…since the Wi-Fi is only available in the lobby of the conference center, these tools get very handy.
    • CardMunch— is a free iPhone app that turns business cards into contacts by transferring contact information to your phone.
    • EverNote— We’ve all done it – returned from an exhibition with a pocket full of business cards, and literature, which never see the light of day again. Never again will you collect a bunch of paper at trade shows just to remember the product offering. Take pictures, make notes and be organized after the show ends with EverNote: an app that turns your iPhone into an organizer. A few quick photos, and not only do you have faces to relate to later, but the booth, logos, products and the text of the brochures ready to use for follow up.
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  3. Look for exhibitors with ISO certification. 
    Do your own research before an event so you are well prepared for your meetings. For example look for companies with ISO 9001:2008, as ISO certifications meet international medical device manufacturing standards and are capable of fulfilling your orders in a streamlined, timely fashion.
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  4. ImageSpeak with experts in the booth One of the great assets of the exhibition medium is that we come face to face with concepts and ideas which we have either never considered or have dismissed. It’s vital that you focus on meeting the most useful people for your application or project. At Fluid Metering,experienced application specialists are always on hand to demonstrate products, review your specific requirements, and recommend the best FMI solution for you. After over 55 years of providing dispensing and metering solutions, FMI has acquired hundreds of applications in its comprehensive, searchable database. We can search by fluid, application specs, industry, etc. and most likely be able to tell you when, how, and what pump was used to do it before.

About Fluid Metering – FMI pioneered the first patented valveless rotating and reciprocating piston metering pump concept. Our dispensers and metering pumps are the industry standard for high degree of accuracy, precision and durability. Fluid Metering pumps are utilized in a broad range of Medical, Laboratory, Analytical, Industrial Process, Environmental and OEM applications requiring precision fluid control.

To learn more about how Fluid Metering’s valveless pump can help you, visit booth #765 at the Javits Center We look forward to seeing everyone this week at the MD&M East 2014 Show or visit our website to live chat with an FMI application specialist.

Precision Fluid Dispensing at the MD&M Medical Design Exhibition in New York City

Throughout the year Fluid Metering , Inc. (FMI) exhibits at a variety of trade shows which showcase our unique valveless metering technology.  Our interactive display at these shows is staffed by experienced application personnel dedicated to provide solutions for process, production and OEM fluid control applications. On June 10-12 FMI will be exhibiting at the Medical Design & Manufacturing East Exhibition (MD&M East) at the Javits Center in New York City to demonstrate the benefits of our metering pumps.

One such benefit of our metering pumps for the medical industry is its unique ability to meet the challenge of precision production dispensing of bonding fluids used for assembly of disposable medical components.  These single use components include syringes, IV tubing sets, catheters, and blood collection assemblies, just to name a few.  Common bonding agents include a variety of adhesive formulations, as well as using solvents to chemically “weld” polymer components together. No matter which process is chosen, accurate dispensing is critical to the overall quality and integrity of the finished disposable assembly, as well as the overall function of device or instrument with which it is used.

Fluid Metering’s precision CeramPump® was developed to answer just this challenge and offers a pump head with internal components made from chemically inert, sapphire-hard ceramics. These pump heads are ideal for dispensing cyclohexanone, cyanoacrylates, UV curable adhesives, and 2-part epoxy bonding agents used to manufacture disposable medical components.

To learn more about how Fluid Metering’s valveless pump can help you, visit booth #765 at the Javits Center or visit our website to live chat with an FMI application specialist. The application described above can be found in greater detail in an article published in the May edition of Medical Design Briefs also located on the FMI web site at this link.