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.

Valveless Pumps vs. Syringe Pumps – And The Winner Is…

Manufacturers of analytical instrumentation often use syringe pumps for many low-volume fluid dispensing applications. But, are syringe pumps the best choice? We say a resounding “NO.” We believe valveless pumps win for a variety of good reasons. Here’s a brief overview of our reasoning:

  • Possible double-trouble with syringe pumps. Yes, syringe pumps have proven to be accurate at very low dispense volumes, and they can provide a pulseless fluid stream at low-flow rates. However, syringe pumps fill and dispense through the same orifice, and as a result, uninterrupted flow requires at least two complete syringe assemblies. (While one syringe is dispensing, the other is filling…) Increasing components, especially those in contact with the fluid, raises the amount of routine maintenance required, and also increases the possibility of component failure.
  • Less operational expenses with valveless pumpsSyringe pumps are more expensive than valveless pumps to operate. Requiring at least two syringes for a single continuous-dispense operation (as outlined above) doubles the cost of the system. With syringe pumps, more components are required (syringes, valves, drivers, & driver boards) – and this brings us back to the “double-trouble component failure possibility” mentioned above! However, on the other hand, valveless metering pumps, with simple 2-port configuration and only one moving part (a ceramic piston), cost less to operate and require minimal maintenance. 
  • Millions of trouble-free cycles with valveless pumps. Miniature valveless metering pumps and dispensers are often used to replace syringe systems, reducing maintenance and costs, and providing reliability for the long haul. There are no valves to leak or clog, so you get increased throughput for reliable dispensing for millions of trouble-free cycles.

What do you think—do you agree that valveless pumps are more efficient and cost-effective than syringe pumps?                      

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Showcasing Precision Fluid Control at MD&M East

What’s new here at Fluid Metering? We’ll be exhibiting our precision valveless fluid control technology for medical design manufacturers and OEMs at Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East. MD&M East 2013 takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, June 18th through June 20th. It’s the largest medical design conference and exhibition on the East Coast, and we’ll be side-by-side with many other suppliers of components, subassemblies, raw materials, software, manufacturing machinery, and contract services used in the design and production of medical devices.FMI products

Attendees interested in precision fluid control and valveless metering pumps and dispensers will want to stop by our exhibit – Booth 3132 – to see an interactive working display of our latest products:

  • The PDS-100 Programmable Dispensing System – ideal for production dispensing of solvents, UV adhesives, 2-part epoxies, assembly lubricants, and reagent test kits used in the manufacture of disposable medical components.
  • STH Miniature OEM Pump – specifically designed for sample and reagent control in analytical and medical instrumentation.

FMI productsAt MD&M East, we’ll also be featuring our other production and OEM valveless metering pumps and dispensers. All of our fluid control dispensers and metering pumps offer a high degree of accuracy and are used in a broad range of applications in many industries, including:

  • Medical
  • Laboratory
  • Analytical
  • Industrial Process
  • Environmental
  • OEM.

Keep in mind that this year’s MD&M East is co-located with packaging, design, plastics, and automation conferences, and registration for any individual conference gives you access to all the exhibition areas. You can pre-register online now using Promo Code BB, and you’ll get free admission to the exhibition halls, courtesy of Fluid Metering, Inc. We hope to see you there!

Behind the Scenes: The Technology of the Valveless Metering Pump

The valveless, ceramic, piston metering pump. This patented technology has been the heart and soul of our company, Fluid Metering, Inc., for over fifty years, and continues to be the focus of our business. Originally created for more accurate fluid transfer, discrete dispensing, and fluid sampling, the valveless pump differentiates itself from other pump solutions, such as conventional piston, diaphragm, and syringe pumps. How so? The unique technology behind the pump.Valveless technology

Unlike conventional pump technologies, which rely on either internal or external valves to ensure unidirectional fluid flow, the valveless metering pump only uses one moving part—a rotating, reciprocating ceramic piston to accomplish both the pumping and valving functions. In the case of conventional pumps, valves need to be maintained on a consistent basis, and in some cases, completely replaced if not properly working. Having a pump that doesn’t have valves not only cuts down on recalibration, but also reduces downtime since the pump doesn’t need to be taken out of a process in order to be maintained or fixed. Why ceramic materials? Ceramic is wear resistant and chemically inert, which helps with the functionality and accuracy of fluid metering. By using sapphire-hard, dimensionally-stable internal components in a pump, 0.5 % precision for millions of cycles is maintained without maintenance or recalibration. With increased accuracy, you are also receiving more bang for your buck—as fluid concentrations and volumes are increasing, the importance of precise dispensing increases as well.

How does this technology work? Simply put, the valveless pumping function is accomplished by the synchronous rotation and reciprocation of the ceramic piston in the precisely-mated ceramic cylinder liner. One complete piston revolution is required for each suction and discharge cycle. As the makers of this technology, we can’t stress enough how paramount the valveless pump is to so many applications—why not use the more accurate technology?