Fluid Metering, Inc. Trade Show Schedule 2016

Fluid Metering, Inc. (FMI) will be embarking on a full schedule of trade shows in 2016 to exhibit our valveless metering pumps and dispensers, as well as our other products. We will be traveling to shows all around the world with appearances currently scheduled for 8 different cities including: Anaheim, CA; Atlanta, GA; Shanghai, China; New York City, NY; Düsseldorf, Germany; Munich, Germany; Chicago, IL; and Philadelphia, PA.

At each show there will be working demonstrations of Fluid Metering products with experienced application specialists there to answer questions. These specialists will also be able to demonstrate products, review your specific requirements and recommend a solution for your application. Our product line includes metering pumps, OEM pumps, metering systems, water treatment pumps, pump heads and pump accessories.

Shows are geared towards a wide variety of professional industries including the biotechnology industry, food industry, laboratory technology industry, medical industry, pharmaceutical industry, and the processing and packaging industries.

 

A calendar showing the months of 2016.
Visit Fluid Metering, Inc. at a Trade Show Booth in 2016

 

The first show of the year we will be attending is the MD&M West Show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. This show is known as the world’s largest medical design and manufacturing event and we will be at Booth #2383 from February 9-11.

Our next show will be PITTCON in Atlanta, Georgia from March 7-10 at the Georgia World Congress Center. This show is known as the world’s largest annual conference and exposition for laboratory science and we will be there at Booth #1956.

In April, we will be at two shows in different parts of the world. First we will be at the CMEF Spring 2016 Show at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China from April 15-18 in the IVD Section. After that from April 26-28, we will be at INTERPHEX 2016 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, NY at Booth #1468.

For our full year schedule with dates, locations and booth numbers, as well as any changes and updates, check out our trade show page on our website.

Metering Pumps for Mosquito Control

Mosquitoes are annoying. Their stings are itchy and cause swelling and they can even transmit diseases like West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, and Malaria. This is obviously a problem we all want to avoid, and thankfully many municipalities have taken up the task of protecting us.

For many years, federal, state and local agencies have trusted Fluid Metering’s pumps to help administer the insecticide. In years past, Thermal Fog was used but since it burned diesel fuel alongside the insecticide, it was both expensive and not environmentally safe. Fortunately, Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) aerosol technology was developed. ULV uses compressed air and a very accurate metering pump to inject the insecticide into the fluid stream. This method reduces costs and is much more environmentally friendly.

ULV sprayers work by dispensing very small aerosol droplets that stay in the air and kill flying mosquitoes on contact. This application can utilize a very small amount of active pesticides while covering a large area. At roughly 3 oz. an acre, the risk to humans and the environment is very small.

FMI’s unique valveless piston pumps have proven ideal for ULV fluid control. Sapphire-hard internal ceramics and the elimination of valves found in conventional pump designs virtually eliminate routine maintenance and downtime while improving precision to 1%. Variable speed DC drives are easily integrated to control flow rate proportional to vehicle speed. Flow rates are adjustable up to 2,300 ml/min with 1% precision and pressures up to 100 psi.

For additional information, Call us at 1-800-223-3388 or 1-516-922-6050, or fax us your inquiry at 1-516-624-8261, You can also email us at pumps@fmipump.com or use our “Live Help” for a direct connection to Fluid Metering’s application expert.

Solvent and Adhesive Dispensers for Medical Component Assembly

Medical devices are becoming increasingly complicated and a patient’s life often depends on their quality. The device assembly, even for disposable devices, requires an unprecedented standard, with each component made as closely as possible to design specification. In fact, inconsistent manufacturing could have critical consequences that not only affects the function of the device but also the patient’s health.

Medical devices assemblies and sub-assemblies can be put together by mechanical – screws – or chemical bonds – solvent welding or adhesive bonding. Solvent welding is a method of bonding polymer components with a solvent, such as cyclohexanone, to chemically soften the surface and allow them to bond together. Adhesive bonding is a joining technique that uses adhesives like acrylics and epoxies to permanently join components.

Both joining methods require precise and accurately dispensed solvent or adhesive, and at Fluid Metering we developed the CeramPump to meet this challenge. Unlike other pumps, the CeramPump’s design features a valveless reciprocating and rotating piston that is insensitive to viscosity and fully made out of ceramic, making it chemically inert and allowing it to dispense a broad range of aggressive fluids including cyclohexanone, acrylic cement, 2-part epoxy bonding agents, and more.

The CeramPump is extremely accurate (1.0%) and precise (0.5%) and is particularly well suited for the microliter range. Accuracy – how repeatable is the amount dispensed – is incredibility important the quality of the product, in fact, too  little product may result in partial bonding, too much adhesive may occlude the tubing orifice, and too much solvent may affect the structural integrity of the components.

To learn more about our CeramPump for solvent and adhesive dispensing, visit our website. We also post more medical industry news on our Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

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.

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 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.

Environmental Monitoring of Surface and Groundwater using Rhodamine Dye

As we prepare to showcase our metering pumps at Analytica, we wanted to share a common problem our pumps have solved.

Analytical sciences is an exact “quantitative” science which most often relies on precision fluid control of both samples and reagents to obtain the most accurate analysis.  One application where Fluid Metering’s valveless metering pumps have been very successful is in groundwater studies using rhodamine dye as a tracer chemical.  Though dosing and sampling procedures and data analysis methods vary with application, in general, the standard procedure in dye fluorometry hydrologic studies is to introduce a quantity of dye into a water body, and subsequently collect water samples over some spatial and temporal regime. These samples are then analyzed with a fluorometer for the concentration of the dye that is proportional to its fluorescence.

Dyes mimic the movement of water molecules. A measure of the movement of a dye (i.e., Rhodamine WT) will in effect be a measure of the movement of the water and, therefore, substances transported by the water in which it is introduced. Dispersion and mixing occur in all dimensions of the water body (Wilson, et. al. 1986). For example, in streams vertical mixing typically occurs first. Subsequently, and depending on current, channel configuration and stream characteristics, lateral mixing and longitudinal mixing follow. These phenomena are the subjects of interest to investigators employing dye fluorometry. For other bodies the sequence of mixing phenomena may vary, but the principle holds true nevertheless.

Fluid Metering’s QBG Low Current Metering Pumps are ideal for precision injection of rhodamine dye for surface, stream, and groundwater flow studies.  The three main reasons Fluid Metering’s QBG pumps are ideal for this application are as follows:

  1. Accuracy – As with any quantitative study, the results are only as accurate as the procedure and apparatus used.  FMI’s valveless design features only one moving part in fluid path, a sapphire-hard ceramic piston. This, as well as elimination of check valves from the pump design result in a metering pump having long term precision of 0.5%.
  2. Inert Internal Components – Using chemically inert ceramics and fluorocarbon wetted parts ensures that the pump will not skew results due to contamination contributed by the pump.
  3. Low Current Operation – The QBG consumes only 60 mA of power at 12VDC. Since, environmental studies are typically in remote locations, devices that run at low current will operate for extended periods of time on battery power.

At Fluid Metering we’re all about solving problems. With over 55 years of experience in providing dispensing and metering solutions we have worked with a variety of applications across several industries. Our metering pumps are also ideal for applications such as detecting chemical and physical properties of a substance such as blood chemistry instrumentation in the medical field as well as non-medical instrumentation for liquid and gas chromatography systems, pH monitors, and more.

To see how we can help you with your application be sure to visit us this week at Analytica in Munich, Germany. The trade show runs from April 1-4, 2014 and we’ll be located at Hall B2 Booth 338 showcasing our solutions for the pharmaceutical, chemical, food, plastics, and OEM industries.