Metering Pumps in the Automotive Industry

Metering pumps have a wide array of uses, and plenty of industries rely on them. From medical to industrial, the constant, precise flow provided by metering pumps allows for exact, efficient operations and the ability to ensure consistency over a wide range of products or in a single product over a long period of time. One industry that uses metering pumps extensively is the automotive industry, where the need to use precisely measured and constantly flowing liquids is vital.

The uses of metering pumps in the automotive industry include the following:

  • Hydrogen fuel cell research and development for both the humidification and fuel injector systems.
  • Encapsulating coating materials in the manufacture of stator, armatures, and distributors – this can include anti-corrosives, lubricants, and more.
  • Verifying gasoline octane ratings and adding octane to fuels used in vehicles, as well as adding anti-corrosives, colorants, and other additives to the fuels that automobiles use every day.
  • Automotive paint spraying, providing even flow and measured amounts for consistent application. These pumps provide a flow that prevents any dead spots in the paint job or any heavy spots. By having the smallest of tolerances, this makes for reproducible quality across every vehicle, so the automotive line shows consistency and quality.
  • Usage in the machining area, as parts of machine tools, in chiller applications, filtration of water, and the washing of parts. The precision of a metering pump ensures efficient fluid output in all of these areas, optimizing fluid usage.
  • Surface cleaning, where the ability to run a range of temperatures through the pumps and the durability of the parts can allow the precise use of hot or cold cleaning solutions, as well as a range of chemicals.
  • Dispensing insulating materials evenly throughout an automobile, including sound-insulation, noise-dampening, and temperature insulation. This can help to insure that sound reduction is at a maximum, or that the proper components are protected by the proper amount of insulation.

Here at Fluid Metering, our metered pumps are designed with precision in mind, and are perfect for automotive applications and other industries such as food and dairy, cosmetic and hygiene, medical, industrial and so many more.  Reliable, durable, and manufactured with attention to detail, we can customize them to meet the needs of your processes. Contact us today for more information!

ISO 9001 Certification Proves Fluid Metering’s Commitment to Quality

To some people, when they see “ISO 9001” written somewhere, they’re seeing just a bunch of letters and numbers that don’t have any meaning to them. But, to those of us in business and manufacturing industries, and specifically in industries where valveless metering pumps and dispensers are used, that group of letters and numbers means so much more. “ISO 9001” is a quality management standard set by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization). The ISO is “the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards,” according to the organization’s website.

As previously mentioned, ISO 9001 is a quality management standard and it’s part of the ISO 9000 “family.” But what exactly does this all mean? According to the ISO, it published its first quality management standard in 1987 and, almost three decades later, “standards in the ISO 9000 family have gone on to become some of the most well known and best selling standards.” Specifically, ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and, according to the ISO website, it “is the only standard in the family that can be certified to… It can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity.”

Fluid Metering, Inc. is certified to ISO 9001:2008. Having this certification means a lot to us. We believe it also means a lot to our customers and prospective customers. We don’t just promote ourselves as a company that has quality management practices and standards in place – Fluid Metering quality standards are certified! ISO 9001 certification proves our commitment to providing our customers with the highest quality valveless metering pumps. We also provide exceptional customer service and technical support, the kind of service our customers know they can count on when they buy valveless metering pumps and dispensers from us.

As a supplier of metering pumps, OEM pumps for medical and analytical instrumentation, water treatment pumps, metering systems and other products, Fluid Metering’s conformity to ISO 9001 means that we’ve established a systematic approach to quality management to ensure that our customers’ needs are “clearly understood, agreed and fulfilled.” In fact, the purchasing report, ISO 9001 – What does it mean in the supply chain? says, “The objective of ISO 9001 is to provide a set of requirements that, if effectively implemented, will give you confidence that your supplier can consistently provide products and services that meet your needs and expectations and comply with applicable regulations.”

Learn more about Fluid Metering, Inc., the products we offer, our ISO 9001:2008 certification, and our commitment to quality by visiting our website, or by calling us at 1-800-223-3388.

“One Pump Does it All”

At Fluid Metering Inc., we strive to create quality products that will fulfill the needs of our customers.  Our pumps and dispensers are used for many applications including industrial automation, medical instrumentation, laboratory R&D, and water treatment.  One of the main reasons our products are used for these applications is their versatility.  Our FMI CeramPump® technology provides this versatility, and is the solution to a wide range of fluid control challenges. We have a “One Pump Does it All ” philosophy at Fluid Metering and can provide the results you need for your fluid control.

One dispenser and pump for all OEM applications is a reality with our CeramPump® technology.  With just one pump you can fulfill fluid control requirements such as aspirating, dispensing, continuous metering or a combination of all three, without having to switch or change your equipment.  The valveless syringing will both aspirate and dispense a sterile fluid without any contamination.  It can also flush and wash fluid at a rate of 0-2,000 ml / min.  The pump is capable of continuous dispensing and metering and can be programmed to the dispensing rate you would like.  With this technology productivity will be increased, as this pump will handle multiple tasks that in the past required numerous pieces of equipment.

Fluid Metering works to provide solutions for all fluid control needs.  Our highly trained sales and technical support staff is available to help choose the solution that is best for you.  We are certified under ISO 9001:2008 certification criteria, and work to provide the highest quality valveless metering pumps.  To learn more about our “One Pump Does it All” philosophy, visit our website.  Also follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest product and company news.

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.

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.

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.